Kenya and Back

Kenya and Back

Waiting for birds to be netted in the Mida Creek Mangrove Forest, Watamu, Kenya


For the past two weeks I have been in Nairobi and Watamu, Kenya. These two places are miles apart both literally as well as figuratively. In Nairobi (actually I was an hour outside of Nairobi at 7,000 feet or 2,000 meters) I was in meetings almost all week and when I wasn’t in meetings I was teaching photography to several NGOs all the while, freezing my tail off. I never would have imagined that I would be so cold in Africa in August. In Watamu I found myself working with one organization that is dedicated to conservation. I hope to be telling you more about A Rocha this week with a blog post or two and some fun photos. Watamu, situated on a beach, was nice and warm with a wonderful cooling breeze all day. When I wasn’t out snorkeling with two marine biologists I was ringing birds (more on “bird ringing” in the next day or two).

As I write this I am sitting in the Kuala Lumpur airport after a total of 15 hours in the air and 10 hours of sitting around airports waiting on flights. I am sleep deprived and ready to get home, kiss my wife and daughter and hit the sack.

Good Night.

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Matt Brandon

Matt is a Malaysia based humanitarian and travel photographer. Well known as a photographer and international workshop instructor, Matt’s images have been used by business and organizations around the globe. Matt also on the design board for Think Tank Photo, a camera bag manufacturer. In 2013 Matt founded the On Field Media Project to train the staff of non-profits to use appropriate technology to produce timely as well as quality images.


  1. Karine Ardault

    it is winter here so it can be very cold here, especially at night. and in altitude, it warms up only with the sun. No sun means it is cold… funny how people forget it can be cold here… however I hope you had a nice and fruitful trip.

    • Matt

      Yeah, I think we make those assumptions about every place we have not visited. When I lived in Alaska, people used to think the sun only came out for a few months in the summer. I knew Kenya was on the equator, I just didn’t realize how drastic the difference the altitude made. One thing for certain, I love my time there. All the Kenyans I met where wonderful!

  2. Jon McCormack

    Hey Matt

    I cant wait to hear stories! As you know Kenya has become my second home. Guaranteed you will be going back there – it’s inescapable after your first trip.

    • Matt

      Thanks Jon. Yeah, I sure hope I can get back. Not only was Kenya a wonderful place, I really am impressed by what A Rocha is doing for the environment and the Kenyan people. I would love to come back help. I might bring my whole family back next year if possible.


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