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Basilica Zaragoza Spain

November was a very unique month for me. Other than a trip to the suburb of Karen, I spent the entire month in one city: Nairobi. This was largely a result of my wife and I having relocated here at the end of October and the resulting housing search. And once we found a house we had to fill it with everything, from refrigerator to washing machine to pitiful fake Christmas tree. But I still managed to take new shots and share some from other travels.

Two of my first photos were, fittingly, snapped during the housing search. Nairobi is a stunningly lush and beautiful city. Then, a glimpse of some thorns that almost got the best of me on a forest running trail.

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I took part in a photography challenge early in the month, which had me posting a new black and white photo every day for five days. Of those shots, the two most popular in terms of likes were a capture of some girls heading home from school near Axum in the Tigrai region of Ethiopia and one of some waves breaking against Costa do Estoril cliffs in Portugal.

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Wildlife is one the main reasons I was excited to move to Kenya and I shared some of my favorite shots from earlier this year. First, a hippo in Amboseli National Park. Then some Cape buffalo near Lake Naivasha. But what was probably one of my favorite photos I’ve taken due to the light provided from above and the positioning of the subject was a Yellow-necked francolin in Amboseli. It looks like the Kenyan version of a Famous Grouse label.

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A photo posted by Dave Cole (@cooksipgo) on

A couple of older pictures brought memories of past travels. First, one of a favorite building in the fancy Barcelona neighborhood of Pedralbes. Wouldn’t it be a perfect pied à terre? Second, one of the oldest travel photographs you will see from me, as I took the image with my first digital camera: a capture of the rocky Croatian shore. I visited Croatia before I knew anything technical about photography, so I am always pleased when I find an old picture that actually has some decent composition.

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Despite an unsettling daily schedule, I found some nice scenes in Nairobi. Our garden is bursting with bird of paradise flowers and smaller palm trees. On a weekend trip to Karen, thieves abounded in the form of vervet monkeys. I hovered over my chicken tikka lunch to ensure I didn’t share it with one of them.

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A photo posted by Dave Cole (@cooksipgo) on

A photo posted by Dave Cole (@cooksipgo) on

December will prove a more mobile month. I’ll be getting out of Nairobi a couple of times and will be in the States for the holidays. This means the first cold weather I have experienced in over a year and a half. I have always loved the cold, but we’ll see if my passion is tempered now that I’ve spent so much time in the tropics. No matter the sensations, any disappointment can be remedied by a craft beer – cheers and safe travels!

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  • Claire Robinson December 8, 2014, 1:09 am

    I lived in Narobi as a child. I don’t remember much about it, except visiting a bar overlooking a river where crocodiles would heavy themselves from the clay waters and laze on the banks, whilst monkeys would scoot down from the trees to pinch your crisps. Magical.

    • Dave December 8, 2014, 8:24 pm

      That sounds about right! The smaller ones are the real devils, have to keep a steady eye on them to protect your food.

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