Zanzibar Red Colobus Monkeys

26 08 2016

Day 3 of our time on Zanzibar took us down to the Jozani forest reserve to see the Zanzibar Red Colobus Monkeys.  For many years, the local farmers have had an ongoing battle with the Zanzibar Red Colobus monkeys due to the monkeys’ predilection for unripened fruit.  However, due to the increasing popularity of the tourist center for visiting the monkeys, more money has been able to reach the villages from tourism, meaning that a small crop loss is outweighed by the tourist value of the monkeys. Slowly, more and more locals are becoming accepting of these primates which are endemic to this part of Zanzibar.

1. The little guy, sticking with mom

Safe with Mom
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

2. Wide Eyed

Wide Eyed
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

3. Grabbing a bite

Checking out the food
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

4. Playful – More fun than a barrel of monkeys

More fun than….
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

5. There’s always ONE stoner in the crowd

Stoned?
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

6. Fiddler Crab – bonus

Fiddler Crab (Uca annulipes)
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

The whole day’s pictures, including the Mangroves and our wanderings in Stone Town can be found in the Flickr album https://flic.kr/s/aHskFHsYos





Masai Market near Arusha, Tanzania

2 08 2016

On completion of a seven day Safari in Northern Tanzania, we were lucky to have passed by a Masai Market, which we stopped and visited. It was unlike any farmers market in North America, that’s for sure!

1. Whadda ya mean, we look out of place?

Crazy White People at a Masai Market
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

2. Cows, people, colour, dust

Masai Market at Duka Bovu
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

3. Tradition and technology…

Masai Market at Duka Bovu
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

4. Yes, those are old pieces of TIRES for sandals!

Masai Market at Duka Bovu
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

5. Oranges for sale

Masai Market at Duka Bovu
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

6. Tire Sandals for sale

Masai Market at Duka Bovu
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

7. The wares side of the market – super busy, super colourful!

Masai Market at Duka Bovu
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

For more pictures from the day, including the Safari part from Lake Manyara, you can check out the photos at: https://flic.kr/s/aHskEmfT7x

Hope you enjoyed your virtual market visit :)





Grey Crowned Crane

26 07 2016

In my opinion, this bird ranks right up there with "Lilac Breasted Roller" for incredibly sexy bird!  Did you know it is the National Bird of Uganda???  These pictures were taken in the Ngorongoro Caldera, Tanzania – May 30th.

1.

Grey Crowned Crane (Balaerica regulorum)
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

2. Chicks (over cropped a bit, but they’re SOOO cute!)

Perfect colour for protection
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

3. Family

Grey Crowned Crane (Balaerica regulorum) family
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

4. In flight

Grey Crowned Cranes in flight
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

5. Walking

Grey Crowned Crane (Balaerica regulorum)
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

6. Classic head shot

Grey Crowned Crane (Balaerica regulorum)
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

Hope you loved seeing this bird as much as I do!  More shots from that day at:
https://flic.kr/s/aHskF2rzU4





Safari Day 6–Birds of Ngorongoro

26 07 2016

Day 6 of our safari saw us down in the Ngorongoro Crater (actually Caldera).  It is 30x20km across and acts as a mini ecosystem all on its own as the steep walls minimize migration in and out of the Caldera.

We saw some more beautiful birds this day, both in the crater and at our lodge in the Ngorongoro highlands, nearby.

1. Black-Chested Snake Eagle

Black-chested Snake Eagle (Circaetus pectoralis)
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

2. Probably a few thousand Lesser Flamingos feeding in the Alkali lakes

Wildebeest walking past Lesser Flamingos
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

3. An Egyptian Goose that found a very interesting place to sleep.

Just resting – on a hippo!
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

4. A Capped Wheatear

Capped Wheatear (Oenanthe pileata)
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

5. Rosy Pelicans

Rosy Pelican (Pelecanus onocrotalus)
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

6. A whiskered Tern flitting in the marshes, eating bugs

Whiskered Tern (Chlidonias hybrida) in flight
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

7. Augur Buzzard

Augur Buzzard (Buteo augur)
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

We saw a bunch of other ones too, but I won’t clutter things up too much in this post. 

Check out the day’s pictures at: https://flic.kr/s/aHskF2rzU4





Day 6 of Safari–Wildlife of Ngorongoro

26 07 2016

Day 6 of our safari saw us down in the Ngorongoro Crater (actually Caldera).  It is 30x20km across and acts as a mini ecosystem all on its own as the steep walls minimize migration in and out of the Caldera.

The animals are a bit more human acclimatized and so aren’t as skittish when the vehicles pass by.

1.  Hippos just hanging out

Hippos and Oxpeckers
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

2. The face of a hunter

The face of a hunter
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

3. "No" means "No!"

That’s enough
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

4. A playful nip from a black backed jackal

Playful nip
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

5. Thomson’s Gazelle Fawn and mom

Thomson’s gazelle and fawn
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

6. HUGE Tusks on this guy – WHERE THEY BELONG!

Mammoth Tusker
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

7. Waterbuck herd/family

Waterbuck (Kobus ellipsiprymnus)
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

There were many other interesting beautiful sights that day… Check them out at:
https://flic.kr/s/aHskF2rzU4

I hope you enjoyed the day :)





Animals of the Serengeti–Day 5 on Safari

15 07 2016

Day 5 of our Safari took us from the Northern Serengeti down to Ngorongoro crater, where we finished the day.

Along the way, here are some of the sights:

1. The Pride waching us

The pride watching us…
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

2. Momma Baboon and her baby

Mom and baby
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

3. Standoff

Uneasy standoff
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

4. Generations

Elephant generations
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

5. Leopard Tortoise

Leopard Tortoise
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

6. Goofy Giraffe

Photobomb! by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

7. Contented Lions

How many lions?
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

For the whole day’s pictures including a beautiful leopard, see:
https://flic.kr/s/aHskEfuhdN

Thanks for taking the time to look and comment!





Animals of the Serengeti– Safari Day 4

10 07 2016

Wow – Day 4 on Safari with African Wildcats Expedtions was PACKED with cool sightings!  Leopards, Cheetah, Hyena that looked like he’d been through a war, really cool lion and some great Cape Buffalo photo ops!

1. This hyena may have won the war, but clearly lost a battle along the way (and parts of his ear)

Wounded warrior
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

2. In itself, this picture is not extraordinary, but the fact that we reunited a small wildebeest with these guys meant that the little guy was back in the herd and had a chance of survival, now.

Part of "The Herd"
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

3. Rock Hyraxes after a puddle bath

Nothing like a quick puddle bath!
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

4. He walked right up next to the truck!  (I could have reached out to pet him – if I didn’t want my hand/arm/body back)

Walking right past us!
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

5. This one made us decide that "Hung like a Horse" is no longer the best term :)

Right of way
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

6. Disruptive Camouflage

Like a maze of lines
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

7. Intensity

King of the Beasts
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

There are so many other amazing things we saw this day.  For the full set of pics on Flickr from day 4, just go here:  https://flic.kr/s/aHskCVmwpC





Safari Day 3–Serengeti Scenery

4 07 2016

1. Sunrise on the Serengeti

Sunrise on the Serengeti
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

2. Ballooning over the plains

Ballooning the Serengeti
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

3. Kopje with a face

Smile!
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

4. Tree on the Serengeti

Lone tree on the plain
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

5. God Rays

Rainy plains
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

6. Desolation in B/W

Desolation – B/W
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

7. Sunset at the end of the day

Sunset on the Serengeti
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

For more from the day, feel free to check out the whole album at:
https://flic.kr/s/aHskz8fQgo

Thanks for taking the time to check my photos!





Safari Day 2– Tarangire–> Serengeti

26 06 2016

On Day 2 we travelled from Tarangire up to Serengeti…. A sampling of the beautiful beasts we saw that day:

1. The omnipresent Wildebeest

Run free!
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

2. The Graceful giants of the Plains

Graceful Giants on the Plains
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

3. Ex-Wildebeest

Once a Wildebeest
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

4. Grant’s Gazelle

Grant’s Gazelle
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

5. Relaxing

Paws up if you’re content
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

6. On the lookout

Waiting for food.
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

7. The Great Migration at sunset…

The Great Migration at sunset
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

There are many non-animal pictures from the day as well (birds, landscape) – feel free to check them out at: https://flic.kr/s/aHskCHfWQQ

Thanks for taking the time to visit and enjoy!





First Day on Safari–Tarangire National Park

22 06 2016

Some photos from my first day on Safari in Northern Tanzania.

1. Masai Herdsman

Masai Herdsman and the cattle
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

2. A little family time

Family time – in the middle of the road!
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

3. Male Impala checking us out

Male Impala  (Aepyceros melampus)
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

4. Nobody here but us flowers

African Bush Elephants (Loxodonta africana)
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

5. Nile Monitor looking for a meal

Nile Monitor (Varanus niloticus)
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

6. Waterbuck

Waterbuck (Kobus ellipsiprymnus)
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

7. REALLY close

Such nice eyelashes!
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

8. Lip smacking good

Itchy nose?
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

The whole day’s album can be seen at: https://flic.kr/s/aHskBQKhKA





Lone Tree on the Plain

22 06 2016

One lone tree on the Serengeti Plain.





Birds of Tarangire National Park

19 06 2016

This was my second time visiting the Northern Parks of Tanzania. This time we went with African Wildcats Expeditions, based out of Arusha. I’m pretty sure I saw as many new species (to me) as I did during my FIRST visit in 2009!
Some of the birds from Tarangire National Park, Tanzania, that I saw on my Safari in May:

1. Red-billed Firefinch (what a cool name!)

Red-billed Firefinch (Lagonosticta senegala)
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

2. Lesser striped Swallow

Lesser Striped Swallow (Cecropis abyssinica)
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

3. Yellow-Collared Lovebird

Yellow-Collared Lovebird (Agapornis personatus)
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

4. Lilac-breasted Roller

Lilac-breasted Roller (Coracias caudatus)
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

5. African Jacana

African Jacana (Actophilornis africanus)
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

6. African Crake (I didn’t even know that there WAS such a bird as a "crake"!)

African Crake (Crex Egregia)
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

7. Water Thicknee (honestly – who comes up with these names? LOL)

Water Thicknee (Burhinus vermiculatus) by the river
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

8. African Fish Eagle

African Fish Eagle (Haliaeetus vocifer)
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

By my quick count of pics from that day, I have 20 species sighted in the first day… Not a bad day.  Not bad at all, considering it’s not a bird-specific outing.

For the whole set, you can can visit my "First Day of Safari album on Flickr" at https://flic.kr/s/aHskBQKhKA

Asante Sana!





Elephants of Tarangire National Park

19 06 2016

Magnificent animals.  So powerful and yet at times they walk like they are floating on air.  Not a sound, not even a rumble.  Hard to believe people would kill them for their tusks.

1.  Head-on!

African Bush Elephants (Loxodonta africana)
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

2. Single Tusked

One Tusked Elephant
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

3. Those big trunks get heavy sometimes!

African Bush Elephants (Loxodonta africana)
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

4. Nothing here but us wildflowers ;)

African Bush Elephants (Loxodonta africana)
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

5. Looking after the little one

Looking after the little one
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

6. Elephants get the right-of-way EVERYWHERE

OK – he gets the right-of-way
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

Hope you enjoyed them.

More from our first Safari day are at https://flic.kr/s/aHskBQKhKA

Safari Njema!





Sunrises and Sunsets in Tanzania

14 06 2016

Was on a 7 day safari with African Wildcats Expeditions up in the Northern Circuit of Tanzania and then spent 10 days on Zanzibar.

Haven’t had a lot of time to go through ALL the photos, but some struck me as quick easy winners….  Hope you enjoy.

1. The Boabab and the Sunset in Tarangire

The Boabab and the Sunset
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

2. Sunset among the Boababs in Tarangire

Sunset among the Boababs
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

3. Sunset over Muyuni Forest (Zanzibar)

The sun sets over the Muyuni Forest
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

4. Sunset and the Fishermen

Fishermen heading out for the night
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

5. You can almost hear the sun sizzle as it sets.

Another awesome sunset from Stonetown
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

6. Serengeti Sunset

Serengeti Sunset
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

And a couple of Sunrises for good measure.

7. Sunrise with Stork

Serengeti Sunrise
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

8. Sunrise on the plains of Africa

Serengeti Sunrise
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

Thanks for checking them out!

For other shots that I’ve managed to get done, so far, please check out the album: https://flic.kr/s/aHskxvgdt3





Manning Park Birds

10 05 2016

I was up at Manning Park this past weekend with my Scouts. It was the warmest May weekend I’ve ever spent!  A few feathered friends made an appearance.

1. Female Brown-Headed Cowbird

Female Brown-headed cowbird (Molothrus ater)
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

2. Steller’s Jay (Our BC provincial bird!)

Steller’s jay (Cyanocitta stelleri)
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

3. Male Barrow’s Goldeneye

Male Barrow’s goldeneye (Bucephala islandica)
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

4. The Ubiquitous Grey Jay or Whiskey Jack

Grey jay (Perisoreus canadensis)
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

5. My personal favourite bird of the weekend – Audubon’s Warbler

Audubon’s warbler
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

There are also a bunch of landscape and a couple of starscape attempts in the album, if you’re interested: https://flic.kr/s/aHskwio3BV

Thanks for taking the time to enjoy!





Manning Park Beauty

10 05 2016

I was up at Manning Park this past weekend with my Scouts. It was the warmest May weekend I’ve ever spent! Some spectacular scenery – as usual.

1. Morning Mist coming off the lake

Weekend at Manning Park
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

2. Mount Frosty, near the American Border

Weekend at Manning Park
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

3. Postcard moment

Weekend at Manning Park
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

4. A little Columbian Ground Squirrel

Columbian ground squirrel (Urocitellus columbianus)
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

5. Starscape with Jupiter and a Satellite

Starscape
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

There are also a bunch of bird photos in the complete album, if you’re interested: https://flic.kr/s/aHskwio3BV

Thanks for taking the time to enjoy!





Pacific Jamboree – 2015

14 09 2015

The Pacific Jamboree – 2015 was held near Sooke BC, in July this year. Here are some shots from our fun filled week, hopefully showcasing the great time we had with 3000 of our closest friends! :)

1. Opening Ceremonies – crowd shot
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by 28th Vancouver Scout Group, on Flickr

2. The addictive fun of badge trading
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by 28th Vancouver Scout Group, on Flickr

3. Close Quarters
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by 28th Vancouver Scout Group, on Flickr

4. Unbelievably, they let ME throw a hatchet! :)
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by 28th Vancouver Scout Group, on Flickr

5. Learning Scuba
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by 28th Vancouver Scout Group, on Flickr

6. Pole Climbing
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by 28th Vancouver Scout Group, on Flickr

7. Rock Climbing
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by 28th Vancouver Scout Group, on Flickr

And so much more!!! The 7 day event was a blast, and you can see how much fun it was in the whole album:
https://flic.kr/s/aHskha4Pge

I hope you enjoy viewing as much as we enjoyed doing!





4 days at Cape Scott Provincial Park

14 09 2015

Mrs Dragonspeed and I went on a 4 day hiking trip with our Venturer Scouts to Cape Scott Provincial Park. For those that don’t know where it is, here is a map to give you an idea: Cape Scott Hiking Map

Here are a few photos from the beautiful wilderness of Northern Vancouver Island:
1. The lush rainforest
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Winding through the Rainforest
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

2. Sunset on Nissen Bight
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Sunset on Nissen Bight
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

3. Sunset on Guise Bay
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Sunset on Guise Bay
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

4. The old road
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Old Military Road to Lighthouse
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

5. White Sand Beach – All to yourself!
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White Sand Beach all to yourself
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

The whole photo album is here:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/dragonspeed/albums/72157657136513430

I hope you enjoy your short visit to our coastal rainforest :) Comments and Critique are always welcome!





Red Rock Canyon, NV – 2011

13 02 2015

Just outside of Las Vegas (probably where the mob buried their problems) There is Red Rock Canyon.  We didn’t get out an hike, just had time for a drive around the loop and the sunset.  It turned out to be a pretty little place….  I can’t believe that it’s been 4 years since we’ve been and that long since I took the pictures – Finally got around to editing them!  FINALLY!  Figured I had to do it before my trip to Bryce/Zion/Antelope at the end of this month Winking smile

1. Canyon and cacti

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

2. Can you find the climber? Bigger rocks than you think!

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

3. Arch in the making

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

4. Sunset

Red Rocks Canyon National Conservation Area by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

5. Stripes

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

6. Canyon walls at Sunset

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

The whole set can be found at
https://www.flickr.com/photos/dragonspeed/sets/72157650347018248

Comments and feedback always welcomed!





BC Judo Championships – 2014

29 10 2014

The BC Judo Championships were held in Abbotsford, BC on October 18.  I had two of my students competing in the tournament and as usual I was there shooting pictures. It was a tough day for me, personally, as I had just re-torn my MCL in my right knee the night before… I felt a bit like someone had taken a baseball bat to my knee that morning.  I had to go, though… I told my students that I would be there to cheer/coach them on.  My club, The Burnaby Judo Club, did fairly well, although at our senior levels, there were a few let downs.  My two students had mixed result.  It was their first tournament and nerves were definitely a factor. Importantly, everyone competed hard and I’m looking forward to seeing them again in the November Tournament. 

Here are a few shots from the day:

2014 BC Judo Championships
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr


2014 BC Judo Championships
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr


2014 BC Judo Championships
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr


2014 BC Judo Championships
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

And one to make you go "Awwwwwwe…"

2014 BC Judo Championships
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

The whole set of pictures is available at:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/dragonspeed/sets/72157648622209597/

I hope you enjoy them!








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