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About one hour before dusk, the vast territories of the savanna in the Masaai Mara National Park apparently remained in calm. Thick clouds covered the sky but the land didn't get any rain at all, already for a long time. The dwellers of the Kenyan plateau looked forward even a single drop to be poured.
In drought season, animals are anxious waiting for the rain. Grass gets dry and while herbivores must find a better place to graze, carnivores see how the amount of possible targets to hunt decreases enormously as they see their bodies loss mass quickly
I was quite excited at that moment, fulfilling an old dream I had for years. Definitely I realized I was there, in one of the most amazing places in earth, where the thin line between being dead or alive is just too easy to cross. In spite of my fulfilled dream, I wasn’t as happy as I should have been. The reason was unbeatable: I was already in Kenya for a week and so far I didn’t take a decent picture. The animals were too far to get them close enough with my telephoto and if I had any opportunity, somebody moved my camera while capturing. This kind of things happens when you can’t afford a private guide…
The thing is that I was as anxious as any other animal over there. I was totally hungry…hungry for taking good pictures.
Suddenly, the moment I was waiting for finally came. One of the nicest visions I am lucky to have seen appeared in my eyes. A ray of light could finally trespass the last cloud layers so it painted the whole landscape of the nicest warm colours. Meanwhile in the horizon, a group of Massai Giraffes made its way towards the Serengeti in Tanzania. They walked as elegant as an animal can do, with an amazing both style and serenity, realizing no one can harm them as they remain the tallest animal over the land. No predator dares to get kicked by such a powerful leg. Luckily for them, giraffes are not afraid of humans either, because as far as Kenyan law is concerned, hunting is strictly forbidden. Kenyan Rangers would shoot to death the trespassers, if any dared to...
With no time to lose, I asked the guide to get closer, and as he always did he accepted to do so. In a quick response, he set the giraffes between both sun and us. I can hardly describe how awesome the view was. I may say I will never forget the way I fell that day...
Sometimes magic happens. It certainly does
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