Picture yourself driving through a forest of Yellow Fever Trees.
The morning light filtering through the leaves and resting on the yellow bark, causing their colour to bloom and shine further. The thick blue morning sky mimics the blue of the lake that can be seen through the tress that don’t grow as close to one another.
The silence is punctuated with the occasional sound of a bird in the distance, and when you round the corner to the floodplain where the trees suddenly open up, it is like you have stepped into another world.
Lake Nakuru is one of the two lakes that makes up a part of the Big Cats and Tuskers Photo Safari that I will be returning back to in February to co-host with Gerry.
The photographic opportunities that this area presents are endless! Being able to get out of the vehicles to photograph the birds and animals that come to the lake’s shores to eat the nutrient-rich grass makes the types of images you can get much more versatile and leads you skipping down a creative path.
Panning, freezing action, portraits, environmental shots, show shutter speeds, and so much more. This enchanting destination truly just lets the photographer in you bloom and flow.
Just when you thought that the euphoria that Lake Nakuru embodied could not be matched, we take you down a small dirt road to another Lake where Fever Trees are growing boldly out of the river, the cries of Fish Eagles ring out valiantly, cormorants and Squacco herons dash here and there.
The reflections of the Fever Trees and other bush are cut by the boats we have gotten in as we make our way slowly through the open waters of Lake Naivasha.
It is hard not to reflect on the utter peace and beauty that surrounds you as you enter the world and life of the feathered inhabitants of this mass expanse of water.
A vastly different experience from Lake Nakuru, Lake Naivasha offers as much potential to capture the shots that not only show the magnificence and raw beauty of the lake, but the boat adds a completely new dimension to exploring and capturing an area and its subjects!
An extensive species of birds landing, taking off, perching, getting ready to dive encourage you to capture and portray them in a multitude of ways. Shutters going off in a steady crunch, fingers dancing over the aperture and shutter speed modes – there is nothing that Lake Naivasha does not encourage and entice in the photographer.
Each Lake has it’s own unique story to tell, experiences to be had, and images that can be conceptualised and captured.
It’s time to go experience and start capturing your own tale of the two lakes.