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4 X 4 Challenge Champagne Park, Kipeto

The 4 X 4 Challenge has drawn a lot of interest from the petrol heads, adventure and outdoor lovers in Kenya. Over time, the event has been held in different locations from Kipeto to Lukenya where the roads / tracks are un-surfaced, with mud, gravel, rocks or even riverbeds or water filled pools. This time round it was hosted in Champagne park, Kipeto area and for sure a lot of Kenyan motoring enthusiasts came for the event.

The event usually is held over a weekend with activities from qualifiers to the finals per category. All vehicles are scrutinized and given pass to take part. Despite all that, some get to stall, get stuck but through it all each finds its own strength. Different passions are seen through the teams and their vehicles

From Friday through to Sunday in the evening, there is camping, food and drinks available on purchase through out. A relaxed time out to smell outdoors and see nature, see the new upgrades of 4 X 4, meet friends and rally lovers and have a great time with family as well, a getaway plan. Did i mention the nyama choma / fry is a deli always available? You don’t want to miss it next time

As usual, Machoni Mwangu Photography was around and took some images as below:

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Honda Shadow 750cc Cruiser

The Honda Shadow 750cc cruiser is indeed a beauty with gorgeous pipes and shinny chromes. The bike is based on Honda's venerable liquid-cooled 52-degree V-twin engine. It has an impressive torque in the lower rpm ranges. The engine sports twin-plug, three-valve cylinder heads, with two intakes. At calm speeds along the greens, the bike was easy and noisily picking up speed. Fantastic however, the pillion seat is just miniature. For a long distance, it is sure going to hurt your rear.

The well kept and nicely spruced up Honda shadow cruiser got Kevin and I meet up at the Karirana estates one Sunday afternoon for a shoot. The idea was bring out the chrome on the bike against the back ground of the coffee plantations and the blue sky. The clear road and winding turns brought out some great images ideas as well

See some images captured on this Sunday break out of town

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Feel Fitness Centre

Feel fitness Centre is a gym and fitness facility located along garden estate road, Nairobi. This a space for growing a healthy community through fun, efficient and sustainable fitness solutions. The facility is well equipped and growing targeting memberships from all groups, gender, class and bridging the gap for a healthy working nation.

Feel Fitness centre is also incorporating #Afrobics into their work out programs. This is aerobics incorporating the African drum and song. Led by Cathy Kilonzo, Afrobics is growing big and each step making advances to learning African dance moves while getting the body fit.

Machoni Mwangu photography got the chance to join one of her practice sessions and captured a few moves as below

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Birds in Captivity

A visit to Elsamere Conservancy in December 2018 brought us back to several birds that we had seen in captivity 3 years ago at Naivasha Owls centre. The owner of the centre then was Sarah Higgins who took time to rehabilitate eagles, owls and other injured birds that were brought to the centre. These birds had been brought in by well wishers who found them in unfortunate situations. Some had been electrocuted while perching on electric poles while others had been knocked down by man et al

This lady managed to set up the centre in her home which we found to be quite amazing. Several birds had gone through her hands and on recovery were released back to the wild. Others were not so lucky and even after recovery could not be released out. They either missed a body part or were blind meaning that they could not survive in the wild by themselves if released. others had got imprinted on man as well and were not capable of taking care of themselves if released as well

Unfortunately Sarah passed on and the birds were sent out to different locations and fortunately a few were rehabilitated at Elsamere Conservancy Centre where we got to visit and see them this time again. Elsamere opened a bird rescue centre to assist in what Sarah had been doing earlier which we found to be very good of them to assist these creatures. The birds at Sarah’s were split with some being taken to the rescue centre in Elsamere and the others to the raptors rescue centre in Soysambu conservancy. While there, we got to see the below this time round

African Fish Eagle

African Fish Eagle

African Fish Eagle

African Fish Eagle

African Fish Eagle

African Fish Eagle

Spotted Eagle Owl

Spotted Eagle Owl

Spotted Eagle Owl

Spotted Eagle Owl

Augur Buzzard.

Augur Buzzard.

Unfortunately the great blue Turacco which Sarah was also rehabilitating had been sent to Soysambu conservancy and we did not manage to see it. It was a great sight to behold with beautiful colours. We plan to visit the raptor rescue and rehabilitation centre in Soysambu in the coming year and hope to support the centre as well. Plan to visit and see how you can assist to save our fallen raptors as well

In search of Waterbirds in Lake Naivasha

As the year 2018 was coming to an end and majority were up to their christmas festivities and delicacies, we at Machoni Mwangu photography went on a search of waterbirds in Lake Naivasha. The weather around this time was great with the vegetation around the lake very lush and we expected to see a large variety of birds

We found that waters around the lake were infested with the water hyacinth that was rapidly spreading. this was mostly washed towards the beaches by the current which made it difficult to boat in some areas of the lake. Nevertheless, one morning opened up nicely and we managed boat and see a huge check listing of birds. Below are a few of the images captured and more are on our Nature page

African Fish Eagle

African Fish Eagle

Goliath Heron

Goliath Heron

Great Cormorant

Great Cormorant

Great Cormorant in flight

Great Cormorant in flight

Great Cormorant in blue sky background

Great Cormorant in blue sky background

Great egret

Great egret

Great Egret on take off

Great Egret on take off

Long Tailed cormorant

Long Tailed cormorant

Nubian Wood Pecker

Nubian Wood Pecker

Pied Kingfisher on flight

Pied Kingfisher on flight

Squacco Heron

Squacco Heron

White-Browed Robin chat

White-Browed Robin chat

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And that day the landscape from Oserian castle closed the show nicely with a beautiful layer of colours fading in black, grey to blue pink sky which only lasted a few minutes before darkness came in. The outdoors were simply amazing and this is what at Machoni Mwangu photography thrive in

Game Drive in the Nairobi National Park on Eid-al-Adha Day 2018

Public Holidays are usually great days to pack up the family and head out to the park. And so it happened during this holiday of Eid-al-Adha. We decided to head outdoors to our favorite park - Nairobi National Park and view some game.

We were up early and by 0630hrs, we were at the park via the East gate which is through Mombasa road. There were several cars already while checking in and many were anticipating to see the big cats.

I was in hoping to take great pictures as with every drive, there is always amazing scenes and interesting happenings. We made our payments and entered and turned left towards Hippo pools of which we were anticipating a peaceful drive without many people at that time and also game viewing before the rest of the park visitors started storming in. See below some images captured as we slowly drove through the park

Topi seen en-route to the Hippo pools

Topi seen en-route to the Hippo pools

Elephant Shrew

Elephant Shrew

Grooming Baboons

Grooming Baboons

Bee Eater

Bee Eater

Male Rufous Sparrow

Male Rufous Sparrow

Mama and Baby Rhino in my backyard with a view of the area towards Ongata Rongai

Mama and Baby Rhino in my backyard with a view of the area towards Ongata Rongai

Crowned Plover at the Hippo pools

Crowned Plover at the Hippo pools

White-Faced Whistling Duck

White-Faced Whistling Duck

Cattle Egret
Urban dwellings along the southern by-pass with the background of Nairobi City

Urban dwellings along the southern by-pass with the background of Nairobi City

The time spent with family is always memorable and to crown it all with something that we all love, makes it even better. Some days are public days in 2019 will come in handy for such plans with the family. Kenya is very beautiful, travel and see the nation before the parks are out run by encroachments

Beautiful Sunrise from the Reef

Got a chance to go the coast, SGR train ride to Mombasa the other day. Been lucky to always get time out to travel as part of work and with it goes my gear too. In my mind i had already planned for all the places that i wanted to visit, the images that i wanted to take and this time round i needed minimal gear to carry. The one thing i was looking forward to was the beautiful sunrise from the sea. 

I barely slept the first night despite being tired as i was already looking forward to the morning which appeared as fast as i closed my eyes. 6 o'clock i was up and was surprised that it was still dark. I set my camera, tripod and lens ready for a walk out,drew open the curtains and got back to bed after checking on the phone app to confirm the time that the sun would be out

I kept staring out and after 15 minutes or so later, i found my way down to the beach of the Reef Hotel. As the light started coming out of the clouds, i was already set with my composition. The rest is as below as the sun was coming out

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At some point, the light became too bright for my settings and I made a choice to close the aperture and reduce the shutter speeds to allow for less light at a time. The sky seemed dark again for me to try and get as much details as possible

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Within 45 minutes I was able to create dynamic images some of which looked like were done at sunset. Such beauty and calmness that morning that one would not mind waking up to each and every day of their life

#JustBeautiful