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Fitness and Photography for Fun - A blog on staying fit by hiking and doing photography by David Mendosa

The Flowers of Africa

December 19th, 2008 · 4 Comments

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As I continue to recover from surgery for my enlarge prostate a couple of days before Thanksgiving, my doctor firmly says to stay off the trails. With the sub-zero weather and snow that we have been experiencing in Boulder I wouldn’t have gone hiking in the mountains anyway. And besides, it’s too early to bring out my snowshoes.

But at least I can review my photographs and start to share some of those that I took in Africa years ago. When I returned to the States in 1969 after living there for four years, I brought back more than 10,000 35mm slides that I had taken with my single-lens reflex camera. Pictures in those days were, of course, all analog. But recently I selected a couple of hundred of my favorite shots for a local camera store to scan in as TIFFs.

Once I got to Africa I didn’t have to go far to capture most of these images. Many flowers grew on the acre of land around my home in Nairobi, Kenya, where I lived for three years.

My First Home in Africa

My First Home in Africa

We lived right next door to a coffee plantation. Kenya, of course, grows some of the best coffee in the world. Here’s what it looks like on the coffee bush.

Ripe and Unripe Coffee Beans

Ripe and Unripe Coffee Beans

I love the beauty of butterflies and found them even in Africa. I well remember taking this picture 40 years ago in the rock garden in back of our kitchen.

Butterfly and Flower in Rock Garden

Butterfly and Flower in Rock Garden

I wish that I were a botanist and could name the flowers below. All that I know about them is that most, if now all, grew in my garden and that their sublime beauty brightened my days in Nairobi.

Flower 1

Flower 1

Flower 2

Flower 2

Flower 3

Flower 3

Flower 4

Flower 4

Flower 5

Flower 5

Flower 6

Flower 6

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4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Robert Fenton // Jan 4, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    Thanks for the memories. Sorry no help botanically for names. Hope to see some more – hopefully some of the beautiful poinsettias if they grew in your area.`It may take some time to find amongst all the slides, but maybe later I can find them.

  • 2 David Mendosa // Jan 4, 2009 at 6:59 pm

    Dear Robert,

    I look forward to seeing your flowers of Africa too! Please send them along when you find them.

    Best regards,

    David

  • 3 Carole C. // Mar 20, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    I am enjoying your site very much. The pictures and narration of your time in Africa are most interesting – keep it up, please!

  • 4 Alberto Baraya // Apr 5, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    Like a lot your experience with flowers. Thinking on a travel too.
    Best,
    A.

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