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Subject: [Leica] Ndutu 2014
From: grduprey at (grduprey at
Date: Sun, 23 Mar 2014 15:07:45 -0500 (CDT)

Great shots Jayanand, love them all.


----- Original Message -----
From: "Jayanand Govindaraj" <jayanand at>
To: "Leica Users Group" <lug at>, "PSM" <psm-1857 at>
Sent: Sunday, March 23, 2014 9:59:24 AM GMT -06:00 US/Canada Central
Subject: [Leica] Ndutu 2014

Well, we had a great time and a very enjoyable trip to Ndutu this
year, not least due to the couples gelling perfectly with each other.
In fact, the owners of Ndutu lodge used to come to our group regularly
and remark that they had never seen anybody enjoy themselves like we
were doing, and the secret of our laughing all the time! A part of the
reason could be the varied duty free lubrication that was on hand, but
I would like to think that the Cummers, Firkins, Thomases and
Govindarajs just liked each others company a lot!

This place is fast turning out to be a sort of spiritual home for me,
the Serengeti ecosystem is where I seem to be most relaxed and
mentally at ease nowadays. I would like to start with a quartet of
Fuji XE1 images, with the 18-55mm lens, which I had taken in lieu of a
Nikon normal range zoom. Serengeti, in Swahili, means "Endless Plain",
and you can see why here:

Neela liked this tree a lot, so we stopped the vehicle and
photographed it (Alastair, Helen and myself). I thought the tree was
something you would find in Tolkien's Middle Earth, and tried to give
it that flavour in post processing:

The last two are views of the Ngorongoro Highlands from Olduvai Gorge.
Olduvai Gorge is the place where the first steps to understanding Homo
Sapiens' evolutionary history was taken by Louis and Mary Leakey from
the 1930s onwards, and the digs and research continue to this day. I
had always wanted to visit this place, but had never done so, but this
time around we took half a day off from wildlife, and went off in
search of our distant ancestors. There was a storm in the air that
day, and the air was crystal clear, the sky full of puffy cotton
clouds and the colours especially brilliant in the magical African

Please look LARGE

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