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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  1. Avatar Eve6 January 6th, 2012 at 9:14 am

    Yihe photos are betam konjo.

  2. Avatar Pauline January 6th, 2012 at 10:30 am

    lovely 🙂

  3. Avatar Dennis Ndalo January 6th, 2012 at 10:49 am

    Stunningly beautiful. . . . many thanks

  4. Avatar Nelsonodeny January 6th, 2012 at 10:50 am


  5. Avatar Tonnysmallz January 6th, 2012 at 11:35 am

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

    1. Avatar Susan Wong January 6th, 2012 at 12:17 pm

      Nikon D700  Thanks for the support Everyone!

      1. Avatar Tonnysmallz February 14th, 2012 at 11:44 am

        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

  6. Avatar Cyrus January 6th, 2012 at 12:41 pm

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

  7. Avatar Uhmara January 6th, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    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)

    1. Avatar Susan Wong January 7th, 2012 at 10:57 am

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

  8. Avatar Anonymous January 6th, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    Good job wong

  9. Avatar Josephmwai2002 January 8th, 2012 at 11:59 am


  10. Avatar Priscahadrine January 11th, 2012 at 9:26 am

    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.

    1. Avatar Susan Wong January 16th, 2012 at 8:50 am

      the first is also my fave!

  11. Avatar Phina January 17th, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    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.

    1. Avatar Susan Wong March 14th, 2012 at 4:10 pm

      thanks Phina for your kind words!

  12. Avatar Dionbryne March 8th, 2012 at 3:04 pm

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

  13. Avatar Last May 10th, 2012 at 8:46 am

    Last emp I have found Suzzie wong

  14. Avatar Karoki Evelyn May 11th, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    This is beautiful…..Stunning!


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