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Meru, Samburu, Lake Nakuru, Kenya — October, 2014


Tom Kellie

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Atravelynn

Your sykes is poetry in motion! ^_^

 

Taking the ceramic boot planter one step further, I have seen actual leather boots as planters.

 

I would not expect to see colobus in Meru, Samburu, Lake Nakuru. Where was it seen? You don't have to answer the question in rhyme. Unless you really want to.

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The fuel level has gone down,


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Nanyuki is a pleasant town,


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If that isn't a call to visit the Trout-Tree... I don't know what is! I'd like to go for a weekend there!

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Mt Kenya may seem elusive,


Its cloud-shrouded snows not displayed,


Every day, being exclusive,


A glimpse of which one wouldn't trade.




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Mt Kenya's Snow Slightly Visible



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Wooden Fencepost Trio



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Flashes of Yellow



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Exposed Red Banks



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Thriving Trees


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FlyTraveler

Fabulous Sykes' monkey in flight images, @@Tom Kellie! I am seeing these species for a first time. I'm quite impatient and glad that the journey is moving to the north towards Meru National Park. :)

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Tom Kellie

The Mount Kenya Tree Nursery,

Near Timau, has a sign which is,
Ever so slightly cursory,
Saying it's in the eco-biz.

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Roadside View, West of Sirimon

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Large-scale Cultivation

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Sirimon Junction

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Every Landowner Has Their Own Idea

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“For the Green Kenya We Want”

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Expansive Shade Tree

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Our Lady of Visitation, Timau

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Timau Commercial Hub

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Timau Family Programme

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Walking Home Past a Tall Hedge

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Timau Bluffs

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Rose Greenhouses

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Greenhouse Frames

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Tom Kellie

As a grain-producing nation,


Kenya's agriculture includes,


Soil and terrain variation,


Around forested interludes.




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Kenya's Grain Belt



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Fields and Greenhouses



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Recently Burnt Field



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Flowing Lines



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Forested Butte



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Planted Pine Forest



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Dark Red Gradient



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Thriving, Yet Where Is Everyone?


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Tom Kellie

There was no specific intent,


To observe the transition zone,


Marking the Lewa Downs descent,


Which has a beauty all its own.




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Respect for a Solitary Tree



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Looking Out Towards Isiolo



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Large-scale Local Cultivation



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Final Forest Growth



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View North Towards Samburu



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Botanical Transition Zone



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Lewa Downs Junction


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Tom Kellie

Euphorbia candelabrum,


Predominate for half an hour.


One wonders where such trees come from,


Each one a huge brush-like tower.




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Euphorbia candelabrum Appear



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Golden-tipped



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Dense Euphorbia Growth



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All in a Row



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Venerable Euphorbia candelabrum


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We're on a low-traffic highway,


Ntugi and Kibirichia,


Where red earth and tall trees hold sway,


It resembles California.




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Kibirichia Schoolchildren



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Ntugi Farms



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Layered Landscape



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Kenya as Tuscany



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Scarlet Fireworks



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Long, Straight Trunks



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Red Soil Around Tall Trees


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Tom Kellie

At last Meru's sights surround me.


A bustling city of commerce,


The streets hum with activity.


Although crowded, it's none the worse.




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Meru Outskirts



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Multipurpose Hotel



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Banana Truck — Murera Gate 71 km



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Bustling Meru



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Meru Produce Vendor



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Gracious Fashions — Heritage Butchery



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Meru Teachers’ College with Jacaranda



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“Train for Self Reliance”



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Pink Hibiscus Beside a Construction Project


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michael-ibk

What a pleasant surprise, a new Tom Kellie report! Really appreciate all the "on the road" shots, recognize a lot of these. The Trout hotel looks very nice. I don't think I've ever seen Colobus on the ground. Love the Sykes especially, they are favourites of mine.

 

@@nhanq

 

Very sad to hear you're considering shutting down. Very much enjoyed my stay at Murera some two years ago.

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twaffle

@@Tom Kellie you have excelled yourself with this, how wonderful the views into rural Kenya are that you've captured. Thank you so much for your efforts with this.

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Tom Kellie

Santa Claus visits Kianjai?

Not many chimneys around here,

Nonetheless, better not cry,

Such a nice place deserves no tear.

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Early Evening Conversation

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Bucolic Kianjai

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Arched Gate in Kianjai with Bananas

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Kwa Lebia Gen. Shop — Kianjai

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Late in the Day Road Crew Work

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Color Your World

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Stone Construction Site

 

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Tom Kellie

Hillside colors intensify,

With the lowering of the Sun.
Reddish-orange light will beautify,
This lovely land when day is done.

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Hills Near Maua with Jacaranda

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Cliffside Home with a Light Blue Door

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Far Visibility

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Inspiration for a Palette

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Hillside M.C.K. Church, Nyambene Synod

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Sedimentary Bands

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Harlequin Earth

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Goats on a Hillside

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amybatt

These are really interesting shots, Tom. How much we miss by just flying to our destination! That one image does totally look like Tuscany!

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Atravelynn

In keeping with the sign, nice job of coloring our world.

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Tom Kellie

The journey's final leg at last,


Early evening, it's warm outside.


Faces smiling as we drive past,


Soon we'll conclude this day-long ride.




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Maua Football Pitch



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Bwathononaro Water Resources Users Association Project



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Kiengu Homes



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Small Shops in Kiengu



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Final Resting Place



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Goats and Cattle



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Early Evening by a Kinyozi Shop



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Roof Structure Taking Shape


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Tom Kellie

Moto is Swahili for ‘fire’,

Which welcomed us after the meal.

Not being ready to retire,

The flames' warmth night couldn't conceal.

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Welcome Campfire

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Feeding the Fire

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Moto

 

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Tom Kellie

Hoopoe Cabin has its own style,


Secluded, protected, just right.


It's so eco-friendly I smile,


The ambience upbeat and bright.




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Looking Up Towards the Tent Door



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Small Animal Habitat Outside the Tent



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Path Out From the Tent



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Tentside Vegetation



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Hoopoe Cabin Night Lantern



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Secluded Path



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Path Into Hoopoe Cabin



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Flower-strewn Path



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Private Porch



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Steps Up to the Porch


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Before breakfast I take a look,


Admiring the camp's well-planned grounds.


I'm warmly greeted by a cook,


And a chorus of sweet bird sounds.




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Camp Central



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Remains of the Night



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Reception Area



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Parking and a Photographer's Cameo



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Folding Chairs Around the Campfire


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Tom Kellie

A mobile of five painted birds,


Twirls in the breeze near the pool's edge.


Such quiet beauty needs no words,


A turquoise pool within a hedge.




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Swimming Pool Fence



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Murera Pool in Turquoise



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Mobile of Decorated Birds



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Solar Panels



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For Hot Afternoons



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Opening Time



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Murera Pool Bar



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Quiet Morning



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Towels at the Ready



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Invasive Species



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Ceramic Art in Red


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Tom Kellie

Near the pool the forest is dense,


The green foliage home to small birds.


I suppose their chirping makes sense,


Serving the same function as words.




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Majestic Forest Setting



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Murera's Double Hammocks



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Easy on the Eyes Green



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The Swing



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Lantern Fixture



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Croton Tree



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View from the Pool Towards the Camp


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