Lalibela WTF & Maasai Mara WTF
July 26th, 2012

David duChemin and I loved our time in Ethiopia and Kenya this last January so much that we’re repeating it this next January. We’re going back to both Ethiopia and Kenya. We hope that some of you will join us.

Lalibela during Orthodox Christmas is like traveling back in time. Tens of thousands of pilgrims walk for days, weeks, even months to arrive in Lalibela in time for the celebrations. They read holy books by candlelight. They sleep out under trees and cook by fire. They make pilgrimages to the monolithic rock-hewn churches, which even without the pilgrims would be incredibly spectacular on their own. It’s a place seemingly out of time. Or where there is no time. It was an incredible experience, and I can’t wait to go back. The photographic opportunities are truly unlimited, including on Lake Tana where we will spend a couple of days after Lalibela. If the idea of photographing friendly pilgrims, rock-hewn churches, or island monasteries on the lake appeals to you, thenĀ Lalibela Within The Frame might be the right adventure for you.

A photographic safari in Kenya’s Mara is an extremely different kind of experience but equally spectacular. While Lalibela, particularly during Orthodox Christmas, is a cultural experience to rival any other on this planet, the Maasai Mara is a natural experience of equal grandeur. The Maasai people are warm and friendly. The grass of the Mara hypnotizes as it dances across the vastness. The acacia trees stand as beautiful statues to welcome sunrise. And the wildlife simply leaves one in awe. If photographing lions, leopards, cheetahs, elephants, giraffes, etc. in the wild, the trees and grass of the Mara, or the Maasai people appeals to you, then Maasai Mara Within The Frame might be the right adventure for you.

We’re not going to repeat these every year. We have a lot of other ideas for exciting adventures, but we just had to return to both Ethiopia and Kenya this coming January. If you think that one (or both!) of these might be the adventure(s) for you. Then click on the graphics below to visit the minisites for each. We’d love to have you join us.

If you’re dreaming more about Asia than you are about Africa, we still have a couple of spots available for Kathmandu Within The Frame this November. And if you were thinking about joining us forĀ Burma Within The Frame, please note that we had to reschedule that adventure (until December 2013; yes, 2013). While things could always change (and often do), those are the only two Within The Frame adventures that we have planned in Asia for the next 18 months. We will, however, have a number of other adventures in Europe and the Americas during that time (plus these two in Africa and, of course, Antarctica).

Lalibela Within The Frame

Maasai Mara Within The Frame

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