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The Great Crossing


No matter how many documentaries you have watched, nothing can prepare you for seeing the migration crossing the river in real life. I recently witnessed a crossing so immense that I am calling it 'The Great Crossing'...




There are few places left in the world where large mammal migrations occur but Kenya’s Masai Mara Game Reserve, where these images were taken, is one such place. The River Mara is the only perennial water source in the ecosystem and as the great herds search for greener pastures, they make multiple crossings. I have been photographing the wildebeest migration for more than 10 consecutive years now and never before have I witnessed a crossing of such biblical proportions as on this day. A northerly wind was sweeping up dust and as the herds gathered on the opposite bank the atmosphere was electric. When they did finally cross, they did so in three flowing veins. The only way to try and do scene justice was to zoom out as far as I could and to then convert the image to black and white to give it a quality of timeless wonder and a sense of nostalgia, for times past, when great migrations existed all over the world.


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