It is amazing how adversity unites us as Kenyans.
I pray this unity will remain long after the Westgate siege is over.
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Located in South Western Uganda, Lake Bunyonyi had been described to us as the most beautiful lake in Uganda. We had to stop here before going to Rwanda during our #OnetouchLive photographic road trip from Nairobi to Bujumbura.
After travelling on winding roads from Masaka, we got to Lake Bunyonyi’s shores in the dark of night. We were camping on Bushara, one of its 29 islands and had to take a boat to get there. At night, all is dark, apart from the starry skies and lights from lodges on the shores. We couldn’t understand what the fuss was about Bunyonyi’s beauty until morning when we woke up to shoot the sunrise.
All was still, all was calm. We even whispered to each other, not wanting to disturb the peaceful beauty. We understood why this caldera lake is described as Uganda’s most beautiful.
May this Ugandan beauty adorn your screens this week.
We are in Kigali, nine days into our 17-day #OnetouchLive photographic road trip from Nairobi to Bujumbura and back.
From what we have seen this far, we truly live in a blessed land full of beautiful landscapes and warm people with big hearts. More about that in a later post.
This week’s wallpaper was shot in Bujagali, Uganda. This is quite close to where the Nile flows out of Lake Victoria, as it starts its 6,500km journey to the Mediterranean. Mighty falls once roared here several years ago, before the Nile was dammed for power generation. The place still teems with abundant bird life with fish eagles, cormorants and king fishers in their hundreds making this their home.
This is a monumental week for me and my fellow light painters at Onetouch Media.
In 2012, we started #OnetouchLive and used it to write our own stories as Africans. Through our photos and short films,we shared who we truly are and showcased the beauty of our country. We visited many towns and regions in Kenya, and in December, ventured into northern Tanzania.
This week, we are taking #OnetouchLive across the borders into Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi.
As we embark on this 17-day photographic road trip, keep us in your prayers. We would like to be fully available to God to be used as eye-openers to fellow Africans.
This week’s wallpaper image was shot in the blessed Lake Nakuru National Park.
Many people say: ‘I can’t wait to get the latest camera from Canon or Nikon so that I can take great pictures.’
Truth be told, the camera you use should not stop you from taking great shots, unless it isn’t working. When growing up, I didn’t complain that I couldn’t race a car because my dad never got me a remote controlled car like other children in school. I cut up mum’s empty Kimbo cans and old slippers and made myself one.
This week’s wallpaper shot wasn’t taken using a Canon like most of the shots in this blog, but a Nokia mobile phone.
Whatever equipment you use, first know its capabilities before putting it to work. This covers slicing bread, slashing grass and about every other activity that requires the use of a tool.
As these cocktail glasses grace your screen this week, let’s toast to all the people doing great work using inexpensive equipment.
Capturing the sunrise isn’t a simple matter of setting out with your camera at dawn and clicking away. There’s several variables to be considered.
Weather is top on the list. You can leave bed early, hurry to your vantage point only to find the clouds have formed a formidable blanket that the sun can’t peek through. This is common especially along the Kenyan coast. In my many attempts to capture the sunrise, I was met with cloud cover that blocked the sun until it was way above the horizon.
I got my blessed break on 1st January 2013 when camped at Diani with Onetouch.
This is the first and only golden sunrise I’ve managed to capture over the Indian Ocean.
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If you live in Kenya and have never been to the Mara, you should make a point of visiting this wonder.
Mara’s vast open landscapes will take your breath away, literally. Some places are flat for miles upon miles, with a single tree popping out of the grassy plains, as you’ll see in this week’s wallpaper. And at this time of the year, millions of grazers visit from Tanzania – no visa’s required – in search for greener pastures.
I’m yet to experience a Mara river crossing though. Those are rare. You can camp at the bank for hours waiting for some chomp action in vain. If you want to witness one, make it your agenda for the day, and pray to God that the grazers decide to cross when you are there. I hear its a sight you have to experience.
Go on and #TembeaKenya.
While it may be summer in some places, here in Kenya we are deep in our winter season. Its been very cold the last couple of days and we can’t wait for the sun to shine bright once again.
This week’s wallpaper celebrates the beauty that can be found in these low temperatures. The image was captured last year by long time pal and photographer Joe Were at Kinale Forest during a #OnetouchLive #ShootingKenya trip to Kenya’s Rift Valley. He is also an adventure traveller, linguist and pianist who plays for Just-A-Band. Check out his photography here and keep up with him on Twitter.
You may not love the weather, but you’ll definitely enjoy having this as your wallpaper.
This week, we’re still in Tsavo for the African Screens series.
Tsavo is vast, flat and scenic. Due to its size, it’s not that easy to spot game but when you do, it definitely is worth it. Remember last week’s elephants?
For this shot, I had to drive quite a bit to get the perfect spot. The sun was setting and as much as it was glorious, I didn’t want to get just another sunset shot. I saw this tree to my right and decided to use it for a silhouette. The road was however sunk below the level of the tree which forced me to get out of my car, scale a couple of bushes and shrubs, through some barbed wire fence and get the shot. I then dashed back into the car before any predator made dinner of me, and I thanked God for it.
May you enjoy having it as your wallpaper as I enjoyed capturing it. If you look closely, you will see the tree high-fiving you in appreciation.
Thus far the Good Lord has brought me…
It’s the tenth African Screens wallpaper and so far, so exciting… and tiring too! It takes a lot of commitment to put out a different image each week but I must say, rewarding too! Spurred on by your kind comments, and the desire to shot how blessed Africa is, we will push on! Much respect to Mutua Matheka who inspired me to start this and is now on his 136th giveaway. Check out his work here.
This week, we move to Kenya’s coast province and into Tsavo West National Park. I shot this family of elephants last year when driving on the A23 that goes from Taveta on the Kenya-Tanzania border to Voi. It was a lonely 100km-plus drive with beautiful landscapes and many elephants, like this family of eight.
Let them adorn your screen as you show how blessed Africa is.
This is the third week we are in Elementaita, which, I got to find out, is a corruption of Ole Muteita.
The sunsets at this Rift Valley lake never disappoint, and are as diverse in colour and form as the the experiences you’ll have when there. This week’s was taken in 2012 when visiting the Lake with fellow photographers during #OnetouchLive and #ShootingKenya. We had been welcomed with afternoon showers that dampened our hopes of capturing a sunset. But God favoured us with this brilliance shortly after the rains subsided.
Next week, we will be heading to a different part of Africa but before then, enjoy the wallpaper and share with your friends.
In other news, this September, together with other photographers, I will be taking a photographic road trip across Africa from Nairobi to Namibia’s Skeleton Coast to showcase what a blessed continent we live in. More of that in the coming weeks.
It may be the smallest of the Rift Valley lakes but Elementaita is never short of action to capture.
For the second week in a row, it sets the scene for this week’s wallpaper.
I shot this bird (someone kindly tell me the species) on Christmas eve morning in 2007 while open camping by Elementaita’s shores with friends. It was 9.33am and the waters were very calm. That is how I was able to get the perfect reflection. No, it isn’t Photoshop!
Reflect on how blessed Africa is as you enjoy this week’s wallpaper.
Planning to visit Elementaita? You might want to stay at the friendly Oasis Eco Camp.
This week’s wallpaper was shot on a bright Saturday morning in Lake Elementaita.
It reminds me of the days when Saturday was a true weekend; when you could sleep in instead of rushing to school for extra classes; when playgrounds were the preferred play station; when kalongo, bano, kati, shake and bladder kept obesity and other lifestyle diseases at bay.
May these two boys inspire you to seek the same fun you had when growing up for your children.
Hope your week has started off well whichever part of the world you are in. Here in Kenya, we are experiencing winter chills and can’t wait for the sun to return from vacation.
This week’s wallpaper goes to prove that even in the dry and dusty times, Africa is still a beautiful place. It was shot during a dust storm near Lake Bogoria in Kenya’s Rift Valley in April 2012. It was my first time in a dust storm and I wanted to experience it first hand. Parked by the side of the road waiting for the storm to clear as visibility was almost nil, I held my breath as I got out of the car and saw this tree standing bravely in the middle of an open field. As the wind howled and blew fine sand particles into my half-shut eyes, I took my camera from under my tee and shot the tree.
Hope you enjoy the wallpaper as much as I enjoyed being in the middle of a dust storm.
The little-known village of Katsangani is located about 80km north of Malindi, and 30 minutes inland on a boda boda.
It is an island in the Tana delta and for the longest time, palm wine brewing was its main economic activity. In the past couple of years, a group of fearless influencers from Mavuno Church helped rally the residents into melon farming with bountiful results.
I spent several days in Katsangani in 2010 and 2011 doing ministry work with Discovery Africa interns from Mavuno Church. It was great witnessing God at work as demons were cast out and people gave their lives to Christ. Not to discount these, but my highlight was in 2010 when we prayed for a mute and deaf and they received instant healing before our very eyes.
We serve an Awesome God who also painted the sunset below in Katsangani. Make it your wallpaper using the provided links.
A big thank you for all the kind words from last week’s debut African Screens wallpapers. I’m humbled and encouraged to keep doing this.
The first instalment this week features Bee Eaters I spotted in Kajiado in 2012 where I’d gone to watch the Safari Rally.
The beauty of these birds is their rich colours, which vary in their 26 different species. As the name suggests, they love eating bees, though they eat other flying insect that may come their way.
Find out more about these beauties here and grab yourself their African Screen below.
The third instalment of the debut African screens features a Zebra I spotted among a herd in Amboseli a while back.
There was nothing unique about it, but I decided to shoot its back as it enjoyed its meal. I loved the way its stripes contrasted against the clear blue skies.
We stay up late, wake up early and even skive work to show our appreciation. And they never let us down, making it the best 15 minutes of many of our weeks.
And now, you can show your appreciation for Kenya’s Sevens team with the second of this week’s African Screens wallpaper.
It features the Kenyan team that white washed the Cayman Islands team in the 2009 J-IRB Sevens played right here in Nairobi.
Africa is a blessed continent. Yes, we have our issues, but we have more blessings than issues.
In my travels across the continent, I’ve come to appreciate our abundance of diverse landscapes, warm hearts and explosive energy. All the photos showcased in this blog and at www.click.co.ke are shot right here in Africa as evidence of what a beautiful place we live in.
For several months, I’ve wanted to make these photos available to you not just as blog posts, but as beauty to adorn your computer and mobile device screens.
The procrastination is over.
Starting this week, I will share select images for you to help me spread the truth about Africa. Download, wallpaper and spread the good news.
This week’s image was shot from Uhuru Park’s viewpoint of Nairobi’s skyline in 2012. The bird is real and not Photoshopped. It is a hawk that happened to be flying by as I shot the silhouette. I was blessed to click at the right moment.