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A day in Kilome’s Galagos Sanctuary

Galago world in Africa

galago with baby in kilome sanctuary ©muoki kioko2017

After months of pursuation I was finally invited into Kilome’s private galagos sanctuary. A unique habitat that allows you to see this secretive  norctanal African primate up close during the day.

3hrs of guiding later i still didn’t have an image – not because we hadn’t seen a number of them but the sheer drama and excitement of the moment made me forget to press the “record’ button.

Galago guide in sanctuary ©muoki kioko

Running out of time the resident guide asked me to be a little patient as he sought a spot for me to capture ‘One’ shot of this female carrying a baby (1st image). An expert at their behavioural traits, he’s fast to locate them.

Entry is pre-booked and limited to not more than 4individuals at a go to minimize disturbance. Be ready to crawl or kneel to see them and access their lifestyle.

Rains are here, and…

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sitting by the waters edge ©muokikioko2016

i’m kind of used to a croaking sound from these creaters, and so when it starts raining and the croaking ends. Instead you start getting a high pitched chirping sound, more like birds but in the dead of the night that got me curious.

But any time i got to stop near the water bodies the continous chirping ceased. So i decided to start playing the patience game and boy was i rewarded!

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frog with blown up throat ©muokikioko2016

sitting there Looking like a jazz musician about to blow his trumpet – they fill up their throats with air to a point you can clearly trace the vein network on the sac. Hold the ground firmly, test flexibility of air sac to retract and blow up again. Finally they hold their bodies steady and let the air sac’s chirp, first in low tones then it goes picking up in sound…

Wow…i did manage to capture the process in full HD..

 

 

Day of the Moon

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how bright moon was today 14th Nov – 8:00pm ©muoki kioko 2016

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supermoon in kilome, today it was at its largest (14 Nov 2016)

“The most spectacular supermoon since 1948 will light up the sky, appearing 14 per cent bigger and 30 per cent brighter than usual.

The event on Monday November 14 – described as “undeniably beautiful” by American space agency Nasa – is the result of the moon coming closer to Earth than it has done for 69 years.

Nothing will match it until the moon makes a similar approach on November 25 2034.” – Daily Telegraph

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 Super moon lighting up the landscapes 8:30Pm ©muoki kioko 2016

Making the skies of kilome in Africa resemble an early morning sunrise photo of the sky. (*no images have been edited)

Watching Sirius (the skies brightest star) from kilome

Kilome is just south of the Equator in Africa, and having no bright human lights around it makes ‘star gazing’ and star photography superb!
It’s end of march and the moon is overhead early morning

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Moon @ 8am today 29/03/2016 ©muokikioko2016

This was taken today just after 8am and the crater’s on the moon were pretty clear!
However just after sunset by 7pm stars are very clearly visible, and when you look directly overhead at that early hour you will see a set of ‘3’ stars (same size and brightness) running in a straight line: follow the line leftwards/southwards while approximating 8× the 3stars – you shall notice an unmisable bright star to the naked eye. That star is called ‘Sirius’
Sirius is the worlds brightest star

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Sirius as seen from kilome ©muokikioko2016

Here you can see it with 3 other stars, the lowest just fading off.

mythology about name:
Mythology or The early stargazers might have imagined that Sirius and the sun caused the hot weather, or dog days.
Sirius has been known since ancient times, and its name signified its nature as “scorching” or “sparkling.” It was associated with the Egyptian god Osiris and other gods. Ancient Egyptians noted that Sirius rose just before the sun each year immediately prior to the annual flooding of the Nile River. Although the floods could bring destruction, they also brought new soil and new life. Fittingly, Osiris, whom Sirius may have represented, was a god of life, death, fertility and rebirth of plant life along the Nile.

Science:
The only things that outshine Sirius in the skies are the sun, moon, planets Venus, Jupiter, and at times mercury and mars.
At about 8.6 light years away from earth (a light year is 6million miles), It’s said to have a surface area about double that of the sun and a surface temperature of about 9400°c verses the suns 5500°c.

An interesting observation from here Kilome was that as I reduced the amount of light captured to hopefully capture more details like those on the Moon above i noted

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the smaller stars turned red in colour and eventually ‘Sirius’ too had an orange red glow to it.

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Sirius with red glow ©muokikioko2016


Above is Sirius, and below are
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Star details of smaller stars ©muokikioko2016


details around the lower two (2) stars

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©muoki kioko
2009-2016
email:muokikioko@gmail.com

The moon today from Kilome

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Moon from kilome ©muoki kioko 2016

The moon as viewed today from Kilome left more questions than answers.
– There seemed to be a pivotal point at slightly above ‘East’ that has lines running down around the moon, more like a basketball marking. Is there a north/southern pole on the moon!??
– When you draw a line at centre of image from top to bottom, there seems to be a concentration of white spots especially on top half!! What are those white sports (natural or human activity)!??
– Crater s on the Moon can be clearly seen on eastern edges.
– There’s a dark shape visible even with naked eye that’s not made of craters that takes shape of antelope head/giraffe.  Why this dark shape!?

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©muoki kioko
2009-2016
email:muokikioko@gmail.com

Photographing nite skies in Kilome

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Star watching in kilome ©muoki kioko 2016

Kilome is one of those ‘dark skies’ photography locations where you can study constellations ie star gaze or photograph the stars clearly. But also has sections with lighting that add a bit of drama

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Nite skies kilome

to both the landscape and skies when doing star photography:- done through the community.
Bring a telescope or a camera we enjoy the beautiful skies of Africa with the unforgatable amazement and curiosity..

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©muoki kioko
2009-2016
email:muokikioko@gmail.com

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