Tuesday, December 31, 2019
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Sunday, July 1, 2018
This was my 5th safari, and Judy's 2nd. We picked Botswana because the first time we saw more wildlife in diversity and amount of any of the other countries I've experienced: Ethiopia, Namibia, Kenya, Tanzania, and South Africa.
Also, Botswana has more elephants than any other country in the world. And on this trip we experienced more elephants than we did even on our first trip. At a watering hole in Savute the elephants kept coming and coming and coming until we believed we saw 60-80 in more than one herd all converging on this one watering hole.
This was a safari highlighted by several elephant events. On the Chobe River we all of a sudden heard loud trumpeting, and witnessed a bull elephant trying to mate with a female who wanted none of it. He chased her crashing through the water straight at us. Katembo, our guide, had to move our boat out of the way. (Katembo's name means "baby elephant").
Speaking of baby elephants there was this little guy practicing with an improvised baton:
And of course there were many other animals: crocodiles, zebra, giraffes, lions, leopards, hyenas, vervet monkeys, waterbuck, bushbuck, kudu, impala, mongoose, hippo, wildebeast, ostrich, wart hog, lechwe, sable and steenbok; and a whole host of birds. We had a special treat with three different leopard sightings with the best one about a half hour long following a mother leopard and her cub.
Here is a video slide show of our trip:
Botswana Safari 2018 from Mike Holtby on Vimeo.
Sunday, May 6, 2018
Denver's Cinco de Mayo celebration is reputed to be one of the biggest in the USA. It goes on for two days with lots of low riders, dancers, Mariachi bands, fancy dancing horses, & food trucks.
Sadly, it was not photographically covered by the Denver Post due to the gutting of the editorial staff by their current owners, a NY hedge fund.
Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Sometimes it is not necessary to leave home to have a great wildlife encounter. I took this photo of a red-tailed hawk within a short distance from my home. I was walking my dog, Drummer, when I saw him sitting in a tree. I went home, grabbed my camera, put my 100-400mm lens on, and he was still there when I went out again. I set up, and encouraged a curious neighbor to walk up to the tree to get him to fly. My camera (a Sony A9) has a burst rate of 20fps, which increases my chances of the perfect shot. I got two tries at it (as he first took off and landed a short ways away on another tree), and the second time I got this one - three really usable shots with two bursts.
Thursday, April 26, 2018
Judy is on a three month contract in Concord, California as the Director of Operations for Patient Care Services at a psychiatric hospital there. I went out to visit with her for the weekend. The first day we went to the Napa Valley for wine tasting with her California pals, Olivia & Kinzi.
Saturday, April 7, 2018
This New York Times video embodies some of what I believe: examine your life, figure out how to leave the rat race behind, and truly embrace the adventure of life!
Thanks to Karl Grobl for sharing this video on Facebook. Karl is the embodiment of this philosophy, leaving behind a career as a pharmaceutical rep in the States, becoming a full time NGO photographer who also leads photo trips to Asia & India through Jim Cline Photo Tours. He now lives in Siem Reap with his Cambodian wife, their two kids, her mother and cousin. His life is exuberant and following his passions.
Sunday, February 11, 2018
|Ankor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia|
|Water Blessing, Cambodia|
This is a trip that took us to five countries: Singapore, Thailand, Laos, Myanmar and Cambodia. I took over 9,000 photos and 75 video clips.
I have completed a separate blog page with 30 separate posts, and 167 photographs that depicts our trip in some detail:
What follows is a 6 1/2 minute video depicting much of our trip is photos and video clips:
Here is a 3:16 minute video I composed of the Muay Thai Kickboxing that I attended in Bangkok:Muay Thai Kickboxing from Mike Holtby on Vimeo.
Here is our trip leader, Karl Grobl's video of the trip:
Southeast Asia 2018 from Karl Grobl on Vimeo.
Friday, December 1, 2017
Trip to the Oregon coast driving along Highway 101.
This photo has been the most popular on Instagram of those I've posted of the trip. At the time of this post it has gotten 299 "likes". It captures the mood of the broad, sandy beaches on the coast of Oregon.
Saturday, October 21, 2017
Sunday, October 15, 2017
This was an epic trip to villages along the Sepik River, culminating in an invitation to attend the initiation of sixteen boys into the Yamuk Spirit House. Pictured above are boys in the Kanganamun Village wearing feather headdresses from the cassowary bird.
Pictured above is a member of a Sing Sing group performing for us from the Koroko Village.
In this photo a member of the Yamuk tribe dances as part of the initiation ceremony. A large group of these men stomped, groaned and chanted all night long before the boys underwent ritual scarification.
Here the boys are lined up naked and being lectured by the village chief as he jumps over them.
Saturday, September 30, 2017
Stopover in Brisbane, Australia on the way to Papua New Guinea to minimize jet lag and fatigue. Unfortunately, I had planned a stopover on the return trip which was to include the Koala & Kangaroo Sanctuary plus dinner with a "mate" who owns a goat farm. But I had to cancel due to being sick and exhausted from the PNG portion of the trip.
|Artificial Beach Created on the Brisbane River|
Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Went to visit my sister Tracy, and her husband Raoul, at their home in Lund, which is literally the last house going North on Highway 101. It is a beautiful setting on Desolation Sound. We went by seaplane, and had the thrill of being picked up on their boat.
While visiting we were able to hang out with a pod of killer whales.
And we went to lunch at Refuge Cove (below)
Saturday, August 12, 2017
Thursday, June 15, 2017
I attended a photographic event sponsored by Mike's Camera which was with Hawk Quest, a raptor sanctuary. This was my favorite photo from that event.
I have also made some trips to the Rocky Mountain Arsenal, which has been turned into a wildlife refuge. Every time I have seen Swainson's Hawks, which nest here and then in the winter fly to South America.
And every time we see lots of deer:
Monday, June 5, 2017
Sunday, April 2, 2017
I also visited a Maasai Village, where they danced for me, took me to their small primary school, and showed me their houses. I was guided by Justice, a Maasai who worked for the And Beyond camp where I stayed. We spent hours talking about their culture, and his own history. It was a highlight of the trip.
For a video slide show of my trip please go to:
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
The annual National Western Stock Show, held in Denver, Colorado, celebrated the 100th anniversary of Buffalo Bill Cody's death by putting on his style of Wild West Show. There were trick riders, Annie Oakley, Mexican Charros, Russian Cossack riders, American Indian dancers, Mexican maidens riding side saddle, and a bronc rider. Pictured here are the two best photographs I got of the event.
Monday, January 16, 2017
This was our second trip to India, but this one left us with a much more positive impression. We went with Jim Cline Photo Tours led by Karl Grobl, who was probably the best guide we've ever had. The trip was tailored for photographers, so for instance to get this photo of a camel walking across the dune at sunset we paid him to walk back and forth about two dozen times to get just the right angle on the light. I do think it is a stunning effect.
We had Patrick Firouzian a professional videographer with us who was there to promote the Jim Cline Photo Tours. Here is a video he took of all of us taking the camel photo (that's Judy doing the Egyptian routine). I'm in the yellow ball cap (which I'll never wear again!):
Here is one more clip from Patrick when we went to an opium ceremony in a remote village:
Patrick used a drone for parts of the trip, so his clips are particularly worth watching!
I have also posted a video slide show which I titled "The Faces of India". The people were very gracious and patient with all our picture taking.
Faces of India from Mike Holtby on Vimeo.
Pushkar Camel Market from Mike Holtby on Vimeo.
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
On our way to India we did a stop over in London. We have begun stopping in Europe, first in Madrid and then Amsterdam to break up the 30 hour travel to places like India and Africa.
I picked a hotel close to Trafalgar Square. We had essentially a day-and-a half to explore. We visited the National Portrait Gallery, and the British Museum.
Then Judy wanted to see Harrod's, where we had high tea.
We used the Underground (Mind the Gap!) along with the locals.
Saturday, December 3, 2016
This was a trip we did with our friends First and Chad. We were amazed at the amount of people there after Labor Day. We were there up until the closing of the RV facilities. I read later that it was a record year with 4,221,782 by October.
Yellowstone remains a premier park with both an abundance of wildlife, and geothermal wonders.