Blue Balls With Banana

Monkey With Blue Balls

I call this one Blue Balls With Banana.

He’s a Vervet Monkey and his balls really are that blue. He was a pushy little guy and stole that banana from a couple of other smaller monkeys and then hissed at any monkey that dared to come close.

This little guy waited patiently until he thought no one was looking to steal the coffee mug.
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He drank the last few drops and then abandoned the cup but if you find yourself around Vervet monkeys, watch your stuff as they are sneaky little buggers that like to get into everything.

This one probably wants a cup to go with the tea bag.
Tea packet monkey

This little guy seemed to be contemplating going for a swim.
Pool monkey

There was also a mom and baby that seemed to want to stay out of the shenanigans of all the others.
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Hot Air Balloon Over Masai Mara

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It was near the end of my trip that I took a hot air balloon ride over the Masai Mara in Kenya.

It was one of my favourite parts of the trip, to see the sunrise over the Masai Mara from the balloon was incredible. It makes one feel like anything is possible.

When I’m having a tiring day and I’m not sure what to do and am frustrated by life I often look at this picture and remember all the possibilities.

People Are Easier To Capture Than Birds

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While on the bird walk at Lake Bunyonyi I kinda gave up on the birds. Getting a good bird photo can be very difficult. So I started taking photos of the passing people.

I really want to learn to carry stuff on my head, it seems so efficient.

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A man with his goat.

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Motorcycle with umbrella!

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Ladies walking.

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Man sitting.

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I think I prefer the people to the birds……..

Birds Watching at Lake Bunyoni

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After Rwanda our next stop on the tour was Lake Bunyonyi in Uganda.

Lake Bunyonyi is known for it’s abundance of bird life. Over three hundred species apparently. Our first morning there we went for a bird watching walk first thing in the morning. I was tired and kept staring at the birds but forgetting to take pictures.

Then when I would try to get a picture often the bird would move, birds can be incredibly frustrating to photograph. STOP MOVING!!!!

As soon as you put your camera down the little sucker will fly down and pose perfectly on a branch right in front of you, every time. I swear.

I did manage to get some good pictures and still have some pictures that I’m playing “Where’s Waldo?” with. I know I took the picture for a reason, I know there is probably a bird somewhere in the frame but I can’t find it…….

Here are ones with the birds easy to spot, as the trip went on I got better with my camera. Landscape, no problem. People, no problem. Birds and animals that won’t stop moving around to give me time to figure out how to focus, that took a little more practice.

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Market Kigali

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We went to a market in Kigali and as usual I felt overwhelmed.

I’m a browser, I like to look at things and think about my purchases. In the market it’s the hard sell. It’s impossible to just browse without somebody trying to sell you whatever you are looking at. In the end I didn’t get anything, I’m don’t buy many souvenirs but in our group people did walk away with a leather hat, some straw bowls, earrings and some soap stone animals.

As we travelled further on our journey it became apparent that the market in Kigali was a really good deal. The prices went up in Uganda and then again in Kenya.

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My favourite were the colourful beans, they almost look like a big bowl of smarties (and I love smarties).

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They let me take a picture no problem and many pictures were fine but there were several women carrying items on their head just outside the market and they wanted to be paid for their picture. Not much and one in our group did pay them.

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Gorilla Sticks His Tongue Out

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Timing is everything with animal photos. The above photo is one of my favourites and I was lucky to get it. Animals don’t pose, they move, they seem to sense when you’re going to take a photo and suddenly turn away. I also had a fairly new camera and was still getting used to it. Perhaps I should have spent a bit more time with it before I went on the trip but I have no complaints. I’m happy with the photos that I did get.

Look yoga gorilla:

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More gorillas….. so incredible:

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Then after an hour it was time for them to leave:

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More Gorillas – How you doing?

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The big guy was a sexy beast.

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More photos from my trip to Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda. Which seems to be what people are interested in, more than anything I have to say.

About the trek, do wear good shoes the hike to see the Gorillas can take awhile and the trek can be slippery and parts are quite steep. Do hire a porter, our porter was amazing and so helpful, well worth the ten American dollars. Take water and food, our hike was over an hour and a half each way and we stopped for lunch in a lovely clearing. Sunscreen should go without saying and tuck your pants into your socks so that the ants can’t get in and bite you. One girl was bitten by a fire ant and it looked nasty. Careful what you touch along the path, many in our group wore gloves to protect their hands from the stinging nettles and there are a lot of stinging nettles. ENJOY the journey, the park is beautiful. Take the time along the way to look at the park and appreciate where you are.

Take lots of photos of the gorillas, they are AMAZING

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Baby Gorilla

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Can I take him home?

My favourite photo taken of the gorillas. A little toddler who was so entertaining, he rolled and wobbled around and then sat and ate some grass.

With a hat and some sunglasses I think I could have snuck him out.