Maasai Mara’s hauntingly beautiful skies


Maasai Mara skies photographed by Susan Wong 2012 - main

Home to one of the World’s greatest natural spectacles, the annual Wildebeest Migration, Kenya’s Maasai Mara has a lot more to offer than its diverse wildlife.

Maasai Mara’s endless plains that touch some of the most dramatic skies in the World are hauntingly beautiful and frequently overwhelming.

In the distance, the horizon is lined with the gentle rolling hills, speckled with areas of acacia and fig trees. In the foreground is the endless green and golden sea of tall swaying grass.

Compared to its neighbour, the Serengeti, Maasai Mara’s “dry” season is never completely arid. With pockets of short rains, the landscape maintains a soft lush green that reflects the strong sun on to the rocks, trees and animals with the softest of glows – perfect for beautiful photography.

Like clockwork, afternoon storm clouds gather in the expansive skies. Towering dark masses of dense condensation, Cumulonimbus clouds, swell in clusters suddenly and create formidable lighting bolts straight from the heart of the cloud; leaving the unforgiving sun to shine through the crevices in between the clusters of clouds, creating shadows in the low hills whilst accentuating the true colours of the Kenyan sky and plains.

This was my third time visiting the Maasai Mara in eight months, and every time I review my photographs from each trip – I have to ask myself if my camera settings were right, did I have a filter, did I boost the colours with post-processing and whether the sky was really that hauntingly beautiful. And, every time my conclusion is the same – the Maasai Mara is simply that unforgettably magical.

PICTORIAL: Susan Wong 2012 © All rights reserved.

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Susan Wong is the Editor of Capital Lifestyle, a resident photographer, an award-winning journalist, radio presenter, full-time adventurer, long-time admirer of anything edible, and a spicy food athlete at Capital FM.

  • stunning photography!!

  • WOW!

  • Eve6

    Yihe photos are betam konjo.

  • Pauline

    lovely 🙂

  • Dennis Ndalo

    Stunningly beautiful. . . . many thanks

  • Nelsonodeny


  • Tonnysmallz

    this is insane…..damn…..fantastic….what camera is this…?

    • Nikon D700  Thanks for the support Everyone!

      • Tonnysmallz

        thanks….I think i should get one en give you a run for you money…..I dont know how you did it….but the first pix… could say more than a 1ooo word….spot on WONG

  • Cyrus

    Oh my GOD,  heaven must be real………….

  • Uhmara

    STUNNING…hey Susan i’d love to showcase you’re kenya pics on my website with you’re permission, it’s a travel guide website for kenya based here in London.. get in touch please (uhmara’s youtube channel)

    • Uhmara, thanks for the support!  Please drop me a line via TWITTER and I’ll DM my email to you. 

  • Anonymous

    Good job wong

  • Josephmwai2002


  • Priscahadrine

    Stunning can’t pick out the best … but the 1st photo ..the picture composition… the shadow… and the background looks like its far far away(like it has no end) plus the clouds just stunning…stunning(again) …. now that’s photography at its best.

  • Phina

    Spectacular, the first one is my best of all and it has a way in which it captures my attention in different ways. It gives the feel of the clouds being on fire, the shadows and dark clouds. You are so talented and I totally love that photo.

  • Dionbryne

    you have captured pure magic! beauty at its best, great photography

  • Last

    Last emp I have found Suzzie wong

  • Karoki Evelyn

    This is beautiful…..Stunning!

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