Organ Pipe Cactus at Sunset

Organ Pipe Cactus at Sunset by Anne McKinnell

Here I am back at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument in Arizona and I realize I've looped myself! I have photos from this location that I made a year ago that I haven't published yet. Here's one of them: Making an image like this is all about waiting for the perfect light. I wanted nice sunset colours and to have the cactus in silhouette, but with just enough light … [Read more...]

Lion Cubs in Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

Two Lion Cubs by Anne McKinnell

On a warm sunny African afternoon in Ngorongoro Crater, most of the animals have had their morning feed and are ready for a nice rest in the shade. Being the kings and queens of all the animals, the lions certainly have no problem lying flat out in the open for a big sleep without a concern in the world. But that doesn’t stop the inquisitive lion cubs from checking out … [Read more...]

White Pelicans at the Salton Sea, California

White Pelican Reflection by Anne McKinnell

The best thing about RVing is the changing scenery. Every time we move, I get a brand new back yard to look at, a new sunrise to enjoy, and a new place to relax for happy hour. Lately we've been hanging out at one of my favourite boondocking spots in California: the Salton Sea. This is the third year we've stopped here and this time we've explored more locations along the … [Read more...]

This Baobab Tree is One Thousand Years Old (give or take)

Baobab Tree by Anne McKinnell

I come from British Columbia, Canada, so that means it's pretty hard to impress me with big trees. People come from all over the world to be awestruck by the magnificent old growth forest I grew up with. But one tree I was impressed by is the incredible Baobab Tree in Tarangire National Park, Tanzania. It's not necessarily the size of the tree. There are taller trees, … [Read more...]

Wildlife Photography in Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

Four Wildebeest by Anne Mckinnell

Glowing golden plains, with backdrop of dark hills, and layers of clouds that change from dark to light softening the sun’s rays that bathe the land - it was a place of incredible beauty, a landscape photographer’s dream. But I wasn’t there for the landscapes. I was there for the 25,000 large wild animals and countless smaller animals that occupy 100 square miles in the … [Read more...]

The Elephants of Tarangire National Park, Tanzania

Elephant Stare by Anne McKinnell

And the safari begins… After a lifetime of dreaming, months of planning and many dollars spent, I was finally on my way. As we drove through Arusha, the anticipation and excitement ramped up even more as I prepared myself for my first destination: Tarangire National Park (pronounced Taran-geery). It's about the water. The long dry season has left the land parched. … [Read more...]

My First Day in Africa: Arusha, Tanzania

Woman walking in Arusha by Anne McKinnell

I forgot it would be dark out when the plane landed. It was only 7:30pm, there would still be another hour of daylight at home, but the sun had already gone down in Kilimanjaro, Tanzania. I couldn’t see the mountain at all. The make-up of passengers on the plane was about 75% folks older than me going on safari - mostly people in their 60’s. There were even a handful of … [Read more...]

It All Started at Lion Country …

Baby Elephants Playing by Anne McKinnell

It all started at Lion Country in California when I was six years old. I remember driving through the park, amazed by both the openness of the landscape and the variety of large creatures that lived there. The lions came very close to the car and they were more formidable than I imagined. Then there were the giraffes, so graceful with their slow steps that seemed to take … [Read more...]