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Kenya’s Mzima Spring



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Heads or Tails

Heads or Tails
Photograph by Mark Deeble and Victoria Stone

Assuming the position they’ll hold for much of the day, hippos rest in one of three main pools at Mzima, where cool waters provide relief from parching sun as well as buoyancy for bulk that can top three tons an animal. Each hippo props its massive head on the back of another for support and easy breathing. By night the hippos feed on nearby grasslands. By day they fertilize the springs with their organically rich dung, which provides the foundation for Mzima’s intricate web of life.



Camera: Nikon F90x
Film Type: Fujichrome 100
Lens: 60mm
Speed and F-Stop: 1/60 @ f/8
Weather Conditions: Full sun
Time of Day: 11 a.m.
Lighting Techniques: Natural light

Special Equipment or Comments:
This was photographed from a tower blind while the hippo school was at rest.


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