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Kenya’s Mzima Spring



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Serpentine  Elegance

Serpentine Elegance
Photograph by Mark Deeble and Victoria Stone

Lounging in water as clear as air, an 11 foot (3 meter) African rock python soaks its skin, softening it before shedding. The peelings will provide an ample meal for freshwater prawns, which live in the springs. Rock pythons tend to hunt near the shore, hiding in reeds to snatch birds that come to feed on fish. The snakes themselves may be gulped by crocodiles, the largest carnivores that haunt Mzima’s crystal waters.



Camera: Nikon F90x
Film Type: Kodachrome 200
Lens: 20-35mm
Speed and F-Stop: 1/100 @ f/4
Weather Conditions: Sun is behind trees
Time of Day: 4 p.m.
Lighting Techniques: Natural light and fill flash

Special Equipment or Comments:
Used scuba and Subal housing.


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