Before I visited Magadi, all I knew about the place is that it’s always hot and trona is mined there. So when the chance to participate in the Waterfowl Census at Magadi presented itself, I gladly took it. Even though I was still broke from the previous trip. I’m always eager to visit a new place- travelling opens your mind and changes you in ways you can’t really explain in words. Let’s review my adventure there a few months ago, shall we?
As promised a few weeks ago, today’s post covers a Waterfowl Census closer (to my) home. There are 2 categories of census: those out of town and others near Nairobi. Thika Sewage Treatment Plant falls in the latter. And so I was eager to attend this one. At least I didn’t have to wake up at an insane hour to make it, since it’s so near. Or so I thought. The day threw me a big surprise!
Happy World Wetlands Day! Every year on 2nd February this day is marked to create awareness on the importance of wetlands and the need to protect them. This year Kenya is holding the celebration at Lake Olbolosat, the only natural lake in central Kenya. I was to go for the Waterfowl Census that was done there on 21st January but missed out due to commitments. However, I managed to attend others and had so much fun. Case in point being the Naivasha/ Elementaita one.
Hey peeps! I won’t say ‘Happy New Year’ because 2018 is old already. I hope it’s going well for you so far though. These past few weeks have been a roller-coaster of expectations and dashed hopes for me. Seems the year has decided to be savage from the beginning… Anyway, today we explore one of my favourite locations in Nairobi: Karura Forest.
Hey peeps and happy birthday to me! Someone’s growing old. As the year draws to a close I decided to do a recap of the last 12 months. It has been quite a year hasn’t it? Full of surprises like the U.S President’s tweets. And closer home, Embu County employing workers to manually kill Fall Armyworms. Yes, you read that right! Anyway, if you missed last year’s summary post, catch up here –> (Highlights 2016) Maybe I could make this a thing, reviewing every year. What do you think?
Nairobi. The only capital city in the world with a national park right in the middle. Way cool, right? Yet it’s amazing how a good number of Nairobians don’t visit this treasure. And I’m not immune either. In my twenty plus years of living in Kenya, I’ve been to the Park countable times. How embarrassing! I had an amazing time there last year (check out my experience here –>Going wild in the City). A few weeks ago I had an even more exciting time, read on to find out!
I first learnt about Instameets in 2015 and was fascinated. At the time I was just getting into photography and would look for every opportunity to shoot. So when the Worldwide Instameet 16 for Nairobi was announced, I didn’t hesitate to attend. And what an experience it was! You may be wondering what is an Instameet? Possibly many definitions exist but mine is: an event where Instagrammers meet to know each other beyond the screen and for a specific purpose. For photographers that purpose is, well, to shoot. After being away from these meets for 2 years, I was elated to attend one this year.
Hey peeps! After a momentous election season, it’s time to get back to ‘normal’. I still don’t get why it has to be such a big deal. I mean, our neighbor Rwanda held her election around the same time and it was over before we even realised…yet here life came to a standstill for a whole week! That being said, I went for a birdwalk in an unexpected location a few weeks ago and it was such an interesting experience! Continue reading “Manguo Swamp Waterfowl Census with Nature Kenya”
I haven’t gone for birdwalks in quite a while, life has been chaotic, stressful and ultra busy in the last few weeks. But that’s a story for another post. Today I (virtually) revisit one of my favourite birdwatching locations. Read on to join in the journey… Continue reading “Birding at Paradise Lost”
If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you know that I love being out in the wild. But urban spaces can be fun too, if you know how to look. Not primarily where, but how. It requires viewing things from a new perspective. I remember in uni a book called ‘Looking and Seeing’ that explains how to ‘see’ as an architect. Being conscious of what’s in your environment as you take it in visually. It’s a bit hard to understand especially if you’re not a creative…haha. In May I had the opportunity to ‘see’ Nairobi in a different light…read on to join in the discovery. Continue reading “Exploring Nairobi with Google Local Guides”