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Every so often a place surprises you so much it takes your breath away. It makes you sit back and thank everything that life led you to this destination. The Serengeti in Tanzania was one of those places. I know it probably sounds cliched but the arid savannah and majestic wildlife breathed new life into my tired bones.
After so many years of traveling I know how easy it is to find the sameness in places and not really appreciate the differences. Doing that is folly. It will make you want to settle down and reminisce. Before I headed to the Serengeti I was worried that I was on the verge of thinking like this. Tanzania erased any chance of this complacency. Seeing cheetahs, lions, and elephants in their natural environment, framed by kopjes and acacia was magical. Having the opportunity to photograph our amazing world in this way was an experience I will never forget.
In fact, it is experiences like my safari that define why I love travel and photography. Looking at the world around me through the lens of my camera, taking time to frame the perfect shot, I am encouraged to seek out what makes a place unique. Looking for the interplay of light and shadow, trying to capture the essence of where I am, it is impossible to find sameness.
The Serengeti is so diverse. Its terrain and skyline constantly change – from endless plains to watering holes to stands of trees silhouetted against the horizon. Migrating herds of zebra and wildebeest, lone giraffes, and prides of lions are just a few of the animals I saw. An amazing experience captured by my camera.
Another reason I love travel photography is that every time I look back at my photos I relive the experience. I can feel the heat of the sun on my skin and the vibration of the rough roads under my feet. This trip and the memories it created are one of the reasons I decided to start writing and sharing my photographs. The Serengeti inspired me to seek out new adventures more proactively. It renewed my sense of wonder and I can’t wait to see what my next destination has to offer!
Mary Talbott is a world traveler with over twenty years of international living. Writing about her global experiences, she hopes to inspire others to find their passion in the world beyond their doorsteps. Her blog, The Lifelong Adventures, offers travel tips, advice, and stories of her global adventures.
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