Jake Lyell
Video Production | Photography

East Africa and Beyond

Seeing My Wild Side

Published on April 26, 2014 in Assignment, Blog Posts, Personal Work | 1 comment

My passion is to tell people’s stories. Sometimes, however, I find myself in places of incredible natural beauty where creatures other than humans make their dwelling.  Already this year I’ve had no shortage of close encounters with the animal kingdom.

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The footage above and a few of photographs below were taken as part of an assignment for Millennium Challenge Corporation to illustrate the aid agency’s economic and tourism development programs in Namibia’s Etosha National Park.  Other photographs were taken during a family vacation in Murchison Falls National Park in Uganda, some while on my honeymoon in Mauritius, and others still while shooting out of a moving vehicle during an assignment in Tanzania.

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Above, the mighty Nile River squeezes itself into a 23 foot gap of surging water at Murchison Falls.

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Above is Chamarel Waterfall in Mauritius; below are Namibia’s Etendeka Mountains as viewed from the Grootberg Lodge.

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Cape Buffalo in Kidepo Valley National Park, Uganda, East Africa

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On a side note, given its uniqueness, I felt I should highlight Mauritian cuisine.  Heavily influenced by both Indian and French cooking, Mauritian food is unique in its hefty reliance on exotic seafood and tropical fruits.  Below, I photograph our dinner meal in the town of Chamarel, Mauritius’ culinary capital, before my wife and I dive in to the delicacies.  Clockwise from 12 o’clock are patola (a spongy, vine-growing vegetable), butter beans, octopus, spinach and onions in a turmeric sauce, roasted jackfruit, chicken curry, and, lastly, capitaine in red sauce.  Goes perfectly with a Phoenix, Mauritius’ national beer.

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