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I am an avid adventurer, conservationist, teacher, and outdoor photographer whose photography celebrates the African landscape and its rich wildlife, people, and culture. My photographic safaris allow my travelers to not only enhance their understanding of photography, lighting, and wildlife, but to develop a life-long admiration for Africa ‘s beauty and culture.

Banana Republic recently used my photographs as the cornerstone of their Urban Safari campaign, and my images were seen in all 750 stores around the globe, as well as in their billboards, catalogs and annual report. I was also the winner of the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year in the ‘Wild Places’ category in 2008 and a highly commended in the ‘Creative Visions of Nature’ category in 2007.

I launched Gura Gear in 2008, in an attempt to deliver lightweight camera bags to the market. I was looking for a lightweight camera bag to hold all of my photographic gear, and there was nothing desirable on the market that suited my needs. After spending 2 years with many prototypes, the Gura Gear Kiboko bag was born. More products are now available on the Gura Gear web site.




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Tanzania Safari Report

I just returned from an amazing safari, and have a few days to sort through images and check emails. I will be heading out for another safari on Monday, and I cannot wait to get back out in the bush. The wildebeest migration is all centered in the center of the Serengeti, west of the Simba kopjes to Moru kopjes, and spreaded as far north as Ikoma in the north and the plains towards Kirawira to the west. From what I can tell from safari drives and airplane flights, the migration seems to be headed backwards into the park. There have been two factors that might contribute to the migration heading backwards: 1) controlled burning in Serengeti National Park began as early as June 1, and 2) recent rains have stalled the migration.

There is a ton of short, green grass in the center of the Serengeti at the moment, which makes me think that the migration won't be moving onward anytime soon. I saw many signs of predator activity, including a cheetah chase of a baby warthog.

The evenings here are quite cool, dipping down into the mid 50's in the Serengeti and perhaps the upper 40's on the rim of Ngorongoro. Daytime highs are reaching the mid 80's, except if it is overcast in Ngorongoro, which might only reach in the mid 60's.

We had lunch on the top of a kopje at Moru a few days ago, overlooking a large chunk of the wildebeest migration. Absolutely stunning to watch hundreds of thousands of animals in one large panoramic setting.

I will report my second safari findings, as well as some of my favorite images from these two safaris when I return home in a few weeks.

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