Beyond My Wildest Dreams

Owed To Nature

Boston, United States

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I’d been to Serengeti 3 times before, though the last time was almost 9 years ago. Looking forward to my 4th safari in Tanzania and my 8th on the continent of Africa, I thought I was prepared for whatever excitement safari could bring.

In Serengeti night game drives are not allowed. Instead you retire to camp to relax and enjoy what they call “bush tv,” sitting by the campfire to take in the night. Wow. I was totally unprepared and awed by the show that Africa had in store for us. To the west, below the bright crescent moon and Venus, a classic mushroom-shaped thundercloud took shape. Pulsating with flashes of heat lightning, the thundercloud would explode with bolts that shot off in a never-ending display of Nature’s fireworks.

I’d never heard of let alone seen such a continuous display of lightning. Our guide estimated the storm was over a 100 miles away in Lake Victoria, so in camp we experienced this storm silently, without thunder, with only the occasional calls of nearby zebra, hyena, jackal and the hum of night. Wow. Beyond my wildest dreams. And only in Africa.


Thomson Special Campsite #2, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
Canon 5D Mark II with Canon EF16-35 f/2.8L II USM lens
Focal length 25mm, 10 seconds at f/5.6, ISO 400
Manfrotto 190CX3 tripod with Arcatech ballhead


A closer look at Nature’s display…


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