Monday, February 21, 2011

Swahili Words Learned on Safari...

I almost forgot. Part of the fun of visiting other countries is learning about their customs and trying to pick up a word or two. I always try my best to at least verse myself with "please, thank you, hello and good bye". I figure that is the least that I can do.

Solomon from Little Governors' Camp was our guide for five days. He was fantastic! One of the things that Solomon did was teach us a word or two in Swahili each day. I figured I should record some of these words. Otherwise I will never remember.
Pole pole= Slowly, slowly- A nice term to know if you think you may see interesting wildlife and want your guide to slow down.
Pole= Sorry- What Solomon says when he accidentally hits a big bump :)
Kwaheri= bye bye
Keribu= your welcome
Sawa sawa= it's okay
twende= lets' go- When are satisfied with our sighting and are ready to move on.
haraka= quick quick
sante= thank you
sana= very much
sante sana= thank you very much
jambo= welcome greeting (hi)
lala= sleep 
la la salama= sleep well
yetu= ours
wageni= visitors
mageni= one visitor

Friday, January 21, 2011

Four Months Post Africa...

Four months after we returned home from Africa and I am finally finishing up with the pictures. As soon as we returned home, I started printing and framing pictures for our Christmas exhibit. It took months to set up, but was worth it as it was really well received. I had animals Mostly consisting of North America on one wall and animals from Africa on the other.

My next delightful surprise was winning the Governors' Camp's 2010 photo contest with this shot.

I just finished updating my pictures from our African adventure to the websites. If you are curious, you can find the galleries here:

We also have one website dedicated just to animals from South Africa, Tanzania and Kenya.

Sadly, I am mostly done with the pictures from our Kenya and Tanzania safari. Our next African Safari will be  South Africa and Kenya in 2012. My next safari will be polar bears in March of 2011. I am looking forward to blogging about the polar bears It is an interesting experience at 45 below with no running water and three    roommates who I haven't met before. And yet, if it will be anything like last year's polar bear experience, it will be incredible.
Our main website can be found here: Harvey Wildlife Photography

My next big project with these pictures now is to create greeting cards. Another huge undertaking, but one that is really rewarding. That should pretty much take me the next few months to finish. I'll have to post pictures of Harvey Wildlife Photography greeting cards on one of these blogs. In the meantime, I have a few of them here.