How Many Flamingoes Can You See? by taffy

How Many Flamingoes Can You See?

For Ron's - @stray_shooter - theme of Flamingo Friday, which I can rarely participate in. But, we visited Lake Makiti on our last day in the Serengeti. Conditions were perfect for reflections and there were hundreds (at least) of these beautiful birds, so I'm excited not only for the photos but for the chance to use them on Fridays over the coming months!
Thank you to all who helped put my elephant shot on the top of TT this week. It was my first posting from the safari so it meant a lot to see it in the top spot.
We are in our last location before flying home on Monday, hiking Kilimanjaro tomorrow -- but the lower levels only. Hoping we are up to the challenge after sitting in a jeep for the past few weeks! We did a bush walk today with the Hadzabe, but that will be described in a later post.
What a cool shot! Loving your pictures.
January 12th, 2019  
fabulous!
January 12th, 2019  
Wonderful reflections. Beautiful!
January 12th, 2019  
Wonderful. Fav!! 😀
January 12th, 2019  
Brilliant capture. 2 flamingos oooooor one really messed up flamingo who, though I'm not a veterinarian, may have been mutated by radiation.
January 12th, 2019  
Best flamingos shot I've ever seen
January 12th, 2019  
Lovely shot.. love the crossed over legs..
January 12th, 2019  
Have a fantastic hike - wow, Kilimanjaro! Wonderful stuff. My teenager is cheering you on after his Everest experience last year and says you'll love it!

I would want to turn this into a flamingo coffee table just for completely kitsch fun! I love this, so much fun. And, as always, beautifully taken.
January 12th, 2019  
Wonderful shot
You are in photography heaven!
January 12th, 2019  
Love the legs!
January 12th, 2019  
Simply fabulous Taffy! Love it! Another TT if I am not mistaken! Your adventures sound so exciting I almost want to be there! Is it very hot?
January 12th, 2019  
@pamknowler At the moment, it's 10:20 p.m. and our room has a slight breeze but is uncomfortably warm. During the day it's been hot. Early morning is lovely, evening as well. Most of the rooms we've had were so well ventilated or air conditioned or tents with netting that we've been surprisingly fine. This lodge has been an exception.
January 12th, 2019  
And thanks!! Of course!
January 12th, 2019  
So cool! Brilliantly seen, as always. What a wonderful tour.
January 12th, 2019  
This is amazing - a huge fav.
January 12th, 2019  
Well that is truly astonishing.....to catch them like that in perfect top line is something else! Big fave for showing this. Lovely soft tones & reflections too.
January 12th, 2019  
Excellent capture. Have a great trip up ghe Kilimanjaro. Enjoy every second,... and take care.
January 12th, 2019  
Wow. this is so artistic looking. Wonderful shot.
January 12th, 2019  
Fantastic! Wow...
January 12th, 2019  
Great capture
January 12th, 2019  
What a beauty! Simple and colorful
January 12th, 2019  
Love this one - wonderful composition. Looking forward to seeing more shots for your amazing trip. Safe travels back to Chicagoland.
January 12th, 2019  
Lovely shot.
January 12th, 2019  
Wonderful timing and capture - so gentle and well compose ! fv
January 12th, 2019  
Beautiful
January 12th, 2019  
Great simply composition. Fabulous shot.
January 12th, 2019  
Very neat!
January 12th, 2019  
Wow! Fantastic shot!
January 12th, 2019  
a little bizarre! well captured TaffyR
January 12th, 2019  
Wonderful!
January 12th, 2019  
so cool with the doubling up - beautiful colours and reflections
January 12th, 2019  
Wonderful shot
January 12th, 2019  
Beautiful! Love how much room you've given them to "breathe"
January 12th, 2019  
Wonderful shot, composition and reflections. Hope you enjoy Kilimanjaro - so envious!
January 12th, 2019  
I love how your eyes go to those skinny legs. What a neat shot.
January 13th, 2019  
Amazing capture, a very beautiful image
January 13th, 2019  
They are so beautiful and unusual! Not a chance of seeing a flamingo anywhere here either. I love their pink legs. Gorgeous pic Taffy.
January 13th, 2019  
Wow...Sucha superb capture and composition
January 13th, 2019  
Fabulous fav
January 13th, 2019  
Wow, wonderful.
January 13th, 2019  
What a photo op!
January 13th, 2019  
OMG. Outstanding find, great image.
January 13th, 2019  
Fantastic find!
January 13th, 2019  
excellent reflection shot. Fav!
January 13th, 2019  
What a contrasting scene from the giant animals you've been posting. Lovely elegance and grace to those long lines in this eye-puzzling image!
January 13th, 2019  
This is amazing, brought back memories of our 3 years living in Cyprus. Every year the flamingos used to migrate there to the salt lake
January 13th, 2019  
Wonderful image. Fav.
January 13th, 2019  
How weird - but wonderful!
January 13th, 2019  
Stunning :)
January 13th, 2019  
The more look at this the weirder it looks
January 13th, 2019  
What a wonderful shot - it's like seeing these through your eyes! These birds are so strange - so captivating! Thank you for a fabulous glimpse of them!
January 13th, 2019  
Great shot this looks like there are 2 flamingos, love the reflection!
January 13th, 2019  
Beautiful capture and reflections
January 13th, 2019  
Such a fun shot :)
January 13th, 2019  
Love the 4 legged flamingo! Fav! One of the stand-out memories of my life was walking up Kilimanjaro.. even if I include running down the scree at speed then throwing up! Mind you one of my toe nails has never recovered from the total experience, even after 47 years! I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did, but without the toe-nail thing!
January 13th, 2019  
It took me a while to work it out, but it's beautiful!
January 14th, 2019  
Such a serene image. Love it!
January 14th, 2019  
This is just a sensation! The Beauty! The serenity!!!
January 14th, 2019  
Suddenly I realize it's Dr Dolittle's Avian Pushmi-pullyu!
January 14th, 2019  
Woo hoo!!! A fantastic Flamingo Friday posting! Easily a fav among favs. :-)
January 14th, 2019  
FAV!
January 14th, 2019  
@Weezilou 😂
January 14th, 2019  
@stray_shooter thanks. My fav of the ones I took but lots more to come!
January 14th, 2019  
(Do you think you'll need a stopover in some moderate clime to work your way back into the oncoming Polar Express?) What a spectacular trip that must have been...as we could clearly see! And for Pam @pamknowler and me, "Was it a dry heat?"
January 14th, 2019  
@pamknowler I should update my message about the heat. A/C and breeze kicked in and we were totally fine.
January 14th, 2019  
@pamknowler @Weezilou it’s hot but tolerable. Very dry at this time of year. I hate heat and don’t do well but was surprisingly comfortable. Of course you can’t care what you look like in tent camps!!! Cool clothing and a wide brim hat are essential and sunscreen. But it is SO worth it.
January 14th, 2019  
awesome that you could isolate just two, who clearly think they are in a pack of more....
January 14th, 2019  
Beautiful shot. So hard to know where to point the camera in a flock of flamingos! Fav
January 14th, 2019  
@Weezilou @taffy ooh dry heat and animals or cold and animals (cruise up inside passage from Vancouver to Alaska) what a choice! Who is coming with me? Lol!
January 14th, 2019  
@pamknowler @Weezilou I've done both and can say that there is no comparison re the animal photography. Maybe a photography tour would work on a smaller boat, but the regular cruise ships, animals are not that common -- even sea animals. Especially compared to this. And it's not a dry heat everywhere. On the Serengeti it was, but in Tarangire, more humid, but with the breezes, tolerable. Wear loose clothing, light weight, and you'd be okay, but it is definitely hot! It comes down to the tradeoff of just how worth it turned out to be for photographer. Krueger in South Africa is cooler in our summer (their winter) and quite comfortable. So look at going during summer months and check temperatures in Tanzania as well. Comparing the two Tanzania was just incredible and I can't imagine a better experience. And in our summer, you have the migration north over the river with all the calves.
January 14th, 2019  
@yrhenwr Oh dear -- what an experience you must have had!! Ours was gentle and mild, checking out waterfalls was the steepest part it turned out. But a nice day up there. Also was sharing what you wrote about the friend and the hippo. What a horrible thing to happen!
January 14th, 2019  
Super capture, simplistic and very effective. fav
January 14th, 2019  
Fav. Wonderful shot and timing. Fav.
January 14th, 2019  
@taffy I forgot to mention the most amazing thing... arriving at the summit before dawn with a full moon... well worth a problem toe-nail! Oh yes .. and the Swiss mountain climbers falling all about me while I marched on steadfastly! I had already been living at high altitude for a couple of years so I was more acclimatised than they were and had nothing to sustain me other than some Kendal Mint Cake. Also no specialist kit and wearing Dunlop Green Flash trainers! (Oh that might explain the toe-nail!)
January 14th, 2019  
Glorious! Future Flamingo Fridays will be awesome I’m sure.
January 14th, 2019  
they have formed quite a structure between them. As if trying to put cross bracing into a bridge. What a sight - and beautifully taken of course.
January 14th, 2019  
@yrhenwr so you were a little crazy back then! But what an experience!
January 14th, 2019  
@taffy Yes you are probably right! Went out to Africa with a new wife and no money, had an amazing experience and learned one or two things about myself. Doubt if I did any good despite my serious intentions. 4 years later returned home with same wife and more money (not sure which of those was the more surprising!) ... the cracks soon began to show and to widen.... Life, eh?
January 14th, 2019  
Another stunner! Can't wait to catch up with you and your adventures over a very long cup of tea at Toni's! I also have a proposition for you, though it would involve being high in the air!
January 14th, 2019  
This is just stunning!
January 14th, 2019  
@ukandie1 I’m intrigued!!
January 14th, 2019  
Another fab fav! See you on the TT! :)
January 15th, 2019  
This is just hysterical. What a shot!!!!!!!!! Worth 1000 favs. Seems like you have had quite a trip. Nice.
January 15th, 2019  
Double fav!! Great minimalistic comp. So well seen. This pose makes the photo even more intriguing :)
January 15th, 2019  
Congratulations Taffy! I was right - number 1 on TT again! Well done so deserved with this fabulous image!
January 18th, 2019  
Congrats on the TT, I am so glad your photo made it to number 1.
January 18th, 2019  
Congratulations on this incredible image being at the top of the TT this week. It is so wonderful.
January 19th, 2019  
Congrats to you, Taffy! No surprise it’s number one. :)
January 19th, 2019  
A push-me pull-you flamingo- how about that!
January 20th, 2019  
Congrats on #1!! I love this shot.
January 20th, 2019  
Congrats on TTT!
January 22nd, 2019  
Great shot and what a beautiful place to take photos of these beauties. fav
January 25th, 2019  
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