Today we have a combination of plant, animal, and landscape photos by reader James Billie, taken on a trek up Mount Kenya:
This photo of an “LBB” [little brown bird] is not that great (though I like the sharpness and the frost on the tent fly) but it may be of interest due to the location: on a tent pitched near the Minto Hut on Mount Kenya, at just about 14,000 feet, and almost smack on the Equator. The other photos show the surroundings and some giant groundsels and a hyrax. All were taken within a few steps of the tent (except the shot of Mt. Kenya from the west, showing the Diamond Glacier; and the one showing the summit area, including both main peaks, Point John, and the Russell Glacier).These were taken long before the digital era, on all-manual, with lenses designed in the 1970s, using Kodachrome 64 (which some of your (younger) readers may have never heard of!) Anyway, the image quality isn’t up to the standard that is easy to achieve today with digital cameras and modern lenses.
James later gave a tentative ID of the bird: “I believe the bird is the moorland chat (Cercomela sordida)”:
Scenery with some giant groundsels (Dendrosenecio spp.), bizarre plants that are endemic to high-altitude habitats on East African mountains:
This is almost certainly a rock hyrax, Procavia capensis:
One of my bucket-list dreams is to climb either Mount Kilamanjaro or Mount Kenya.