SUNRISE IN THE SERENGETI - TANZANIA, AFRICA
It was 5:00 a.m. when I climbed to the flat top
of a rock kopji (outcropping) behind my tent.
There, shadowed in the rising sunlight, was a
wooden tray, a tea pot and two porcelain cups
waiting to be warmed by a drink of morning tea.
Sitting cross legged on the rock was Frank, my
safari guide, reaching for the steaming pot.
"Wasn't sure if you would show up this early," he
said with a grin while he handed me a cup.
We sat silently, sipping our tea, listening to
the world awaken with a gentle choir of birdsong.
Suddenly the brilliant orange sun lifted herself
out of the earth, rose over the top of a distant
acacia tree and bathed another day with light.
Nature stretched, yawned, and everything around
us became alive with new energy.
SUNSET IN NAMIBIA, AFRICA
I was riding in an open-top jeep through dusty
bush roads trying to reach camp before darkness
blanketed the land. The night's chill had
already set in and I should have been huddled
inside the jeep, out of the cold and dust...but I
never could resist the call of an African sunset.
I stood on the seat, with my head through the
safari roof, and soaked in the colors of the
coming night. A huge round ball of deep, deep
orange reflected blushing shades of sunset across
the tall grasses, backlighting the beauty of the
landscape. Sun seemed to be calling, "Come this
way...follow me," as she stayed in front of us
at every turn. It was like the golden end to an
enormous tunnel that wanted to swallow me up and
keep me forever in a hypnotic state. I watched
as her roundness became halved...and
quartered...and soon only a sliver waved as she
lowered herself into the earth for the night. I
thanked her for her brilliant performance and
unforgettable gift on this day, my birthday.
Connie Bickman has won regional
and international awards for her photography.
With over ten years of newspaper experience,
she is also an active freelance photographer
and writer. Connie's interests include documenting
environmental and humanitarian issues
throughout the world and sharing her travel
experiences with others.
Connie has been published in newspapers,
several school textbooks, The Rainforests,
Earthtreks Magazine, Turkish Mountain Climbers
Magazine, children's books, and Who's Who in
Photography. She has several books in progress,
one relating to women's issues and another on
the spiritual aspect of her journeys.
© Copyright 1997 - Connie Bickman. All rights reserved.