Photo Album from Tanzania Trip

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Apr 1st, 2005, 11:00 AM
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Liz - your photos are wonderful... I loved the photos of the lions sitting up and taking notice of the approaching herds. I'm also glad that you took photos of the lodges (so helpful!) and people. I stopped in surprise at the photo of Nicola and Mauritz at Kusini - they were the managers at Sandibe, Botswana last year and I did a double take when I saw the picture!
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Apr 1st, 2005, 11:13 AM
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Dreamin- Yes you are correct about Mauritz and Nicola. They run Kusini just as they did the Botswana Camp and you would just love Kusini. They are such a great couple. They are engaged now and are having a Tanzanite engagement ring made for Nicola. I would love to see it, but it is sad that you meet such lovely people, then never hear again.
We got a card from the managing couple from Kanana Camp in Botswana just before we left for Tanzania. We just fell in love with sweet Vanessa and will never forget them. That is why we started photographing all of the managers and people we met along the way. We still talk about people we met in Botswana in 1999, but we didn't take their pictures and it would be so nice to see them at least in pictures again.
This year we took everyone who impacted on us, except for the Canadian couple we lunched with at Seronera and the Colorada lady we met at Ngorongoro FH. You can't skip anyone it seems.
Glad you liked the pictures and the lions up on the rock ledge is a favorite of ours too. When I saw them and turned around and saw the Wildebeests, we chuckled because they didn't see the lions at first. The lions were quite well hidden from them, then suddenly they stopped and looked and that was all she wrote. They took off the other way.
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Apr 1st, 2005, 12:05 PM
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Liz, thanks so much for sharing your pictures. Even with a good internet connection, posting 300 pictures and adding captions takes plenty of time. From reading everyone's comments, all your hard work is definitely appreciated by all. I can't stop looking at your amazing album! It is fantastic.
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Apr 1st, 2005, 12:18 PM
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divewop,

And in the event that you DO win the lottery, don't YOU stray too far from the board!

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Apr 1st, 2005, 12:32 PM
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Lol...if I do stray...you know where I'll be! Look for me under the newspaper heading...

"Lottery winner successfully stops all hunting in Africa."
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Apr 1st, 2005, 06:03 PM
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Message: Liz and Max, thank you so much for taking the time and effort to share the photos and comments. Our daughter and I spend quite a bit of time this evening viewing the pictures. I could not believe it when #298 rolled by (as in thats all?)! We had "bird quiz" and I really appreciated the kori bustard shot! Our Beth is partial to lion cubs so the shots of them playing among the driftwood were special to her. We certainly wish the best of travels for the two of you and again thank you for making our Friday nite. Also, you were so kind to mention me as to suggestion of camera. I too still use mostly the auto mode although I have been trying the landscape and portrait ones. Also, I noted the mode dial on the 740 we have tends to move in the process of being moved in/out of my vest pocket. I apprecite the need to boycott Tanzania regarding the unthinkable change in wildlife management but we have already made a major downpayment for the June trip to southern Tanzania. I will write letters however. Thanks and God Bless, Dick
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Apr 1st, 2005, 06:04 PM
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Liz:

Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful pictures (feel free to delete my comments). I particularly loved the sunsets, the lions and my
elephants. Also loved the fact that you showed your accomodations and landscaping. Fantastic!

Were I a gambler I'd bet that this wouldn't be your last Africa trip. You and Max are far too young to chuck it all in and retire to your rocking chairs. Once you have seen the beauty and magic of African wildlife nothing else will compare for you.

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Apr 1st, 2005, 06:27 PM
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Divewop,

And if I win the lottery you will read:

"Lottery winner provides African wildlife with body armor and provides them with weapons to hunt the hunters."

Although I was able to keep it to myself the last couple times, I swear, the next time I see a hunter at the airport, especially if it is on the way home, I am going to let him have a piece of my mind. Okay, so they are somehow practicing conservation, but that is just a side benefit, as they could really care less about conservation. It is rather just the price that hunters pay in order to be allowed to kill African wildlife.

I know the mentality of hunters probably as well as anybody on this board, as I subscribe to a major hunting newsletter, with a focus on African hunting. I am very saddened by these people, as most of them seem to be respectable people, often business owners, doctors, politicians, etc., but there is some sickness inside of them that tells them that killing animals is something to be celebrated. I just do not understand it.
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Apr 2nd, 2005, 02:59 AM
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Dick- I've been dying to have you see the album. Thank you so much for your detailed comments. I thought of your family so many times on this trip. In the Seronera area I wondered if this is where you also stopped for lunch at that government station I guess it is with the concrete tables and benches. I just loved that. There had been lions in the display area earlier and we couldn't go up into that stepped area because they didn't know if it was safe.
Then I knew you would like the shots of the hippo pool. Its funny how some people remain in your mind when you are in Africa. Mostly I guess its because you got that camera first and I relied heavily on your recommendations.
Oh, by the way, I did use the night setting for many of the sunsets and sunrises, but it was still automatic, I didn't fiddle with any f-stop thingys. Also I used the action setting a couple of times but out of 1000+ pictures which ones I have no idea.
As I told Jan, and I'm not necessarily proud of it, I wouldn't have cancelled my trip. Although the news is heartbreaking, it has been going on for years and The Great Migration is still the #1 tourist attraction in the Conde Nast Poll as I recall. I knew the trips were getting harder for us and we had to go now or never. I would still encourage others to see this while they still can. Enjoy your Southern safari and I will be waiting to read all about it. Hello to Beth and your wife. Liz
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Apr 2nd, 2005, 03:03 AM
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Jan- Thanks and thank you for placing comments directly in the album. Those albums that are filled with comments are our favorites. The comments become as important as the pictures. When you read that something you did touched another person's heart, it makes me feel warm all over. Thanks for taking the time.
I'm afraid if you were a gambler, you would be broke. This decision is driven by things outside of the love of Africa. Most definitely. But thanks. Liz
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Apr 3rd, 2005, 04:28 AM
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Jan- You're priceless! That comment with the two lions is great. Thank you. Liz
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Apr 3rd, 2005, 05:18 PM
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LIz, you are simply too kind! Before your fingers get too tired from responding to several of us I might beg of you for a few comments as to the use of the 1.7 teleconverter on the Olympus 750. How difficult was it to set up the unit and could you notice a difference in photo quality particularly at full magnification?
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Apr 3rd, 2005, 08:22 PM
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Dick- I bought the two pieces you'll need from Amazon.com. The CLA-4 is the Lens adapter tube and was $15.95; the TCON-1.7x Telephoto Converter Lens was $96.99.
I googled it and Amazon was the cheapest in stock, and I have bought other camera things from them. I got it in a couple of days. I wish I had bought a daylight lens to go over it because I had it on the camera almost all the time. I started out just using it on birds and eventually used it on almost everything. The pictures are the same quality, just larger with it on. It comes with a large black plastic cover that just fits over the lens but I would leave it off and I scratched the lens. We rubbed like crazy and I don't think you could see it on any of the photos, but I should have put a daylight lens over it. You have to have the camera at full telephoto to use it or you get a black circle picture. So you are taking it off and putting it on a lot if you have things closer to shoot. I loved it. It just screws into the adapter which takes the camera from the regular lens to the wider one on the tele-conversion lens. Is that enough? I can't think of anything else.
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Apr 4th, 2005, 11:14 AM
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Oh wow. Looking at your photos was a real lump-in-throat experience for me. They are just so beautiful. (I'm certainly not going to show them to the friend who went to TZ with me--she's a teacher but she has champagne tastes and I don't want her to get any ideas about accommodations, LOL.)

Thanks for the picture of the bridge at the Grumeti. It looks much sturdier than I remember!

What a fabulous country. Is there anything more marvelous than the sky in the Serengeti?
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Apr 4th, 2005, 12:29 PM
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Leely- Its the sky and the endless plains that stays in my heart.
This bridge was quite substantial, but when you walk on it, it definitely moves as you cross. Could there be a second one, or could this have been updated? It sure stinks from all the baboons using it and leaving their.....er, remnants behind.
I am so glad you enjoyed the album. Isn't it strange how one remembers others, like I have laughed so many times at your description of the bridge and the crocs below. When I saw it, you were there with me. Liz
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Apr 4th, 2005, 12:53 PM
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Oh, Liz, it's probably the same bridge. I'm just chickenhearted, I guess. Especially after a morning watch the crocs trying to get the straggler zebras and wildebeest as they drank/contemplated crossing.

You are very fortunate to have made so many journeys. I hope I'm so lucky...determined.

And everyone's right: you and Max look like spring chickens.
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Apr 4th, 2005, 06:14 PM
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Liz, thanks for the comments. Got to get one and practice with unit before the trip. Please stay on the board as you can see how much others appreciate your input.
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Apr 5th, 2005, 04:02 AM
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Liz - did the driver stop so that you could take all these pictures?
I was wondering because I know with my teleconverter, you have to be still to get good shots.
Thank you so much for all your advice, your posting and your photo - I'm really looking forward to my first trip to Kenya and Tanzania this summer
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