Amazing aerials of Africa

From the Telegraph‘s “travel” section, we have 26 gorgeous pictures of Africa from the air, taken by Martin Harvey.  I’ve chosen seven to show here, but go to the link to see them all. (Click those below to enlarge.)

Lake Turkana, shown below, was once the site of a paradigmatic example of “punctuated equilibrium” taken from data on fossil molluscs.  Those of a certain age may remember this assertion, but the “punctuated change” now appears to be an artifact of invasion from other places.

An aerial view of Nabiyotum Crater in Lake Turkana – the world’s largest desert lake and the world’s largest alkaline lake – in the Great Rift Valley in Kenya. Photographer Martin Harvey said: “These photographs were taken while accompanying clients on exclusive helicopter safaris in Namibia, Botswana and Kenya. I take top business people and entrepreneurs. Picture: Martin Harvey / Barcroft Media

An aerial view of two hippos underwater in the Okavango Delta, Botswana. Picture: Martin Harvey / Barcroft Media.

Aerial view of a Maasai boma or livestock enclosure in Kenya. Picture: Martin Harvey / Barcroft Media

An aerial view of red sand dunes at Sossusvlei in the Namib desert. Picture: Martin Harvey / Barcroft Media

Red Lechwe run on a floodplain in the Okavango Delta, Botswana. Picture: Martin Harvey / Barcroft Media

African elephants in Kenya. Picture: Martin Harvey / Barcroft Media

Ololokwe mountain, a striking landmark in Northern Kenya. Picture: Martin Harvey / Barcroft Media

h/t: Matthew Cobb

14 Comments

  1. Nineteenfifteen
    Posted September 15, 2012 at 12:27 pm | Permalink

    lovely photographs!

  2. Posted September 15, 2012 at 12:27 pm | Permalink

    Jerry you are a good ambassador of the beautiful scenery in Africa. You should find time to visit Kenya to see the other beautiful sites and maybe get to Turkana where the fossils were found by Dr. Leakey.

  3. Posted September 15, 2012 at 12:28 pm | Permalink

    Reblogged this on Random thoughts and commented:
    Simply awesome!

  4. Tumara Baap
    Posted September 15, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Permalink

    Kenya is hands down spectacular. I’ve lived there but didn’t get to see all of it. What is interesting is that it’s not a big place, but it so different a few hundred miles out in each direction from Nairobi. North is very arid. A simple boat ride in Lake Turkana will yield dozens of fish jumping into and over your boat and crocs bobbing in the wake. Most Rift Valley lakes are pink rimmed with countless flamingos. Lake Magadi is especially other-worldy with white caustic salt flats till the eye can see. Amboseli, Tsavo, Masai Mara are the finest savannah ecosystems to behold. Loved Tree Tops, for game viewing while nestled above ground in log cabins in a forest canopy. Mzima Springs is amazing where you get to see crocs and hippos glide by in the most crystal clear water imaginable. Coastline is dotted with tropical reefs, white beaches, and old Arab/Waswahili towns centuries old. And then the highlands around Mt.Kenya – lush green with Safari clubs and lodges from British colonial days. It’s bang on the equator yet the altitude rewards with what is the finest climate in the world. Too bad most American tourists just dart into and out of Masai Mara. If I were to visit again I’d expand my itinerary to Gorilla country in Uganda and Rwanda (an inaccessible war torn region last time I was there), and Ngorongro crater in Tanzania, and maybe a visit to the island of Zanzibar.

    • archaeopteryx1
      Posted September 16, 2012 at 9:40 am | Permalink

      @Tumara – you should work for the Kenyan Tourist Bureau, after reading your comment, I’m ready to buy a ticket —

      • lanceleuven
        Posted September 16, 2012 at 11:16 am | Permalink

        I second that!

  5. mck9
    Posted September 15, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Permalink

    “…but the “punctuated change” now appears to be an artifact of invasion from other places.”

    The citation is to a paper by Tsakas and David: Speciation burst hypothesis : an explanation for the variation in rates of phenotypic evolution.

    However I see in this paper no mention of invasion from other places.

    Rather, the authors speculate that speciation happens more quickly where there is greater exposure to ultraviolet light and/or cosmic rays, which can cause mutations. In particular, they purport to show (using other people’s data) that speciation occurs more rapidly in polar regions and during geomagnetic reversals, both of which conditions reduce the usual level of protection from ultraviolet light and/or cosmic rays.

    Conversely they claim that speciation occurs more slowly in deep water than in shallow water, due to the greater protection from ultraviolet light and cosmic rays.

    Am I missing something, or did you mean to cite some other paper?

  6. Occam
    Posted September 15, 2012 at 6:05 pm | Permalink

    Splendid images, all.
    The third picture, the Masai enclosure in Kenya, reminded me, in its relative surface distribution of internal structures, of Ron Eglash’s Ba-ila settlements scaling.
    http://csdt.rpi.edu/african/African_Fractals/culture3.html
    and following; also google for his TED talk.

    And sure enough, a rough image analysis shows a fractal dimension of D=1.7646.

  7. Steve in Oakland
    Posted September 15, 2012 at 8:30 pm | Permalink

    I know so little about that continent. Beautiful pictures!

  8. JohnnieCanuck
    Posted September 15, 2012 at 10:40 pm | Permalink

    Ahh. Lovely. My many, many times great grandparents’ home.

    All of us, actually. I find it a comforting thought, somehow.

    It occurs to me just now, that if all those conservative white religionists actually did get to go to heaven and meet all their relatives that had ‘gone before’ as promised, some of them would be in for a shock when they met the earliest ones.

    • archaeopteryx1
      Posted September 16, 2012 at 9:46 am | Permalink

      Johnnie – you may be too young to recall Bobby Kennedy’s question when he addressed the all-white South African Parliament at the height of apartheid: “What if God were Black?”

      • JohnnieCanuck
        Posted September 16, 2012 at 12:42 pm | Permalink

        Wiki tells me that was the year I graduated high school. Don’t know how much media attention that got in Canada, but I have no recollection of it.

        It’s a nice parallel, thanks.

        Now it makes me think that the recent RCC concept of Adam and Eve being two of the evolving species of H. sapiens. That would mean they were black, as we all were at that time. I therefore conclude that God, who made them in His image, must have been Black.

        Somebody tell the Pope.

  9. lanceleuven
    Posted September 16, 2012 at 11:16 am | Permalink

    Spectacular. 😀

  10. Steve in Oakland
    Posted September 17, 2012 at 1:46 am | Permalink

    An absolutely beautiful set of pictures! My wife and I recently ran into a couple from Kenya the other day. They told us that Kenya and Uganda were once the same country, but was artificially divided by western imperialists who decided everything on one side of a river was Uganda, and everything on the other was Kenya. Whatever they call it, the pictures are beautiful!


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