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I went to Africa in the hopes of capturing great animal shots, and I got some. What I didn’t expect was to be captivated by African women.

Whether in Nairobi (Kenya) or Arusha (Tanzania), or the most primative of villages, I found beautiful women every where I looked. I never did figure how they could have such immaculate kangas (skirts and upper body wraps) when they were often washing in river water and storing in mud huts. They make all their own bead work, which is nothing short of fantastic.

So this lady, a bashful 20 years old, and wife of our first guide in the Maasi Mara (Kenya) is the first of my Superb African Women portraits.

Panasonic Lumix FZ100 32x

12/20/12 350 views

Top Ten in Unusual Portraits Challenge in Fun, Artsy Friends 4/19/12

Featured in Afrikaans 12/20/12
Featured in Fun, Artsy Friends 4/23/12
Featured in Live, Love, Dream 2/12/12
Featured in Beautiful 2/11/12
Featured in Your Country’s Best 2/10/12
Featured in Shameless Self-Promotion 2/10/12
Featured in The Silky Touch 2/10/12

After being widowed, I needed to find something new to occupy my mind. I chose photography. That turned into an obsession, compounded by my love of the artistic license provided by Photoshop and the many other artful programs that help us explore all the facets of turning a photo into art.

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  • kristijohnson
    kristijohnsonalmost 3 years ago

    What a great portrait!

  • Thanks. She was a delight. She agreed to let us take her pictures and her husband was delighted with this one.

    – Linda Sparks

  • Barbara Manis
    Barbara Manisalmost 3 years ago

    Fabulous, Linda! I can see why you were captivated! When did you go?

  • Glad you like her. She’s from Kenya, but we were also in Tanzania and their ladies are equally beautiful.

    – Linda Sparks

  • sarnia2
    sarnia2almost 3 years ago

  • Many thanks for the feature.

    – Linda Sparks

  • Peter Doré
    Peter Doréalmost 3 years ago

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesalmost 3 years ago

    2 Images per day 2012/03/11

  • LindaJBazor
    LindaJBazoralmost 3 years ago

    Your hosts – E.R. and Linda J. Bazor and Patty Boyte (Mar 11, 2012)

  • Thanks so much for the Feature

    – Linda Sparks

  • Karen Checca
    Karen Checcaalmost 3 years ago


  • Thanks so much. Always an honor

    – Linda Sparks

  • TonyCrehan
    TonyCrehanalmost 3 years ago

    Wonderful portrait Linda.

  • Thanks Tony.

    – Linda Sparks

  • Ann Warrenton
    Ann Warrentonalmost 3 years ago

    March 15,2012 Great work!

  • Jane Neill-Hancock
    Jane Neill-Han...almost 3 years ago

    Marvelous image – this was one of my favorites in the challenge and I am so glad you placed in the top ten. marvelous portrait.

  • Thanks so much for the support

    – Linda Sparks

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