Sudan

Lion temple of Musawwarat es-Sufra under circling sky, Sudan

Lion temple of Musawwarat es-Sufra under circling sky, Sudan

I have recently returned from another “trip of my life” – this time Sudan. What a ride! Three weeks of adrenaline-filled delight, more than a few sleepless nights (Sudan is predisposed for nighttime photography), thousands of miles on my odometer, thousands of photographs on my hard-drives and, most importantly, countless beautiful people in my memory forever!!!

Village bakery, Sudan

Village bakery, Sudan

Thank you people of raidantravel.com for helping me out with my dream come true! Especially Ahmed, for his big heart, and Ghazi, for being such a great driver, guide, chef, person and friend. Without you, my journey  would have been half as succesful!

Shadows on the wall, Sudan

Shadows on the wall, Sudan

These are some quickly picked images I managed to process – stay tuned for more!

Vulture and elephant

Vulture feeding on elephant body South Luangwa, Zambia

White-backed Vulture (Gyps africanus) feeding on elephant body (Loxodonta africana), South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

An elephant died without any obvious reason near to my camp in South Luangwa National Park. It was interesting to inspect the place frequently and see the process of the body disappearance. Lions, hyenas, vultures and marabous took turns in silently destroying remnants of the creature that used to be invincible.

Iceland – the Land of Fire and Ice

Landscape south coast Dyrholaey, Iceland

Seascape of the south coast near Dyrholaey, black lava columns of the Reynisdrangar in background, Iceland

When thinking about some words to accompany my photographs from Iceland, I realized that all has been said before by Stephen Markley in his excellent “Tales of Iceland or Running with the Huldufólk in the Permanent Daylight”:

“The problem with driving around Iceland is that you’re basically confronted by a new soul-enriching, breath-taking, life-affirming natural sight every five goddamn minutes. It’s totally exhausting.” A really good read!

Icebergs floating in Jokulsarlon, Iceland

Icebergs floating in the glacial lagoon at sunset, Jokulsarlon, Breidamerkurjokull, Iceland

Isolated church of Vik on the south coast with snowy mountains behind, Iceland

Isolated church of Vik on the south coast with snowy mountains behind, Iceland

“That we leave our homes, that we step through our doors to the world, that we travel our whole lives not because we want to collect exotic T-shirts, not because we want to consume foreign adventure the same Western way we consume plastic and Styrofoam and LCD TVs and iPads, but because it has the power to renew us—not the guarantee, not the promise, just the possibility. Because there are places our imaginations can never construct for us, and there are people who we will never meet but we could and we might. It reminds us that there is always reason to begin again.”
― Stephen Markley, Tales of Iceland or “Running with the Huldufólk in the Permanent Daylight”

 

 

Joy of the Game, Armenia

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Playing basketball in a neglected sport hall in Armenia

What a refreshing experience to watch these kids playing in a derelict sport hall of a village-school in the south of Armenia. No excuses, no complaints, just a pure joy of the game!!!

Leopard hiding in the bush, Kruger National Park, South Africa

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Leopard (Panthera pardus) hiding in the bush of Pafuri, Kruger National Park, South Africa

Thanks to great tracking skills of my guide from Pafuri Kamp, I was able to spot this wonderful creature shortly after sunset. I managed to take only one single shot before it disappeared in the dark.

Cambodia

Kapok Trees (Ceiba pentandra) invading Ta Prohm Temple, Angkor, Cambodia

Kapok Trees (Ceiba pentandra) invading Ta Prohm Temple, Angkor, Cambodia

I had only about a couple of days in Cambodia while travelling Southeast Asia in 2007 so I decided to focus my lenses on the temples of Angkor Wat and the floating Village of Tonle Sap Lake. I wish I had more time to explore this amazing place on Earth as I am afraid it is going to disappear – under the weight of double-decker busses bringing tourists from all around the world.

 

Peoples of Africa, Northern Kenya

African people Samburu, Kenya

Old Samburu man in red cover resting before colorful butchery wall, South Horr, Kenya

Mt. Nyiru is located on the edge of the Great Rift Valley in Northern Kenya. Remote and wonderful, it is the sacred mountain of the Samburu tribe and the heart of their territorial homeland. I was privileged to join the Samburu on their journey across the Nyiru Mountain; I was lucky to make it alive.

Below are photographs of some other tribes in Kenya: