Thursday, December 27, 2012

Home from Africa

We drove off road for 100's of miles, no roads in site... See that ONE Acacia tree waaaaay off in the distance? (Just left of center)  Looks like a good lunch spot!

We are home.
I was thinking, as we flew home, how was I going to make posts that represent the absolute beauty of what I saw in Tanzania?
I took 2,064 images. How do I break them down?
Should I walk you through it daily? By animal? By people? By places?

I decided to share with you first, the thing I was the most moved by, COLOR. 
The trip was overwhelmingly more fantastic, then we had even thought possible.
First off, the COLOR of everything is so inspiring! From the colorful clothing and textiles, to the color of the earth in different parts as we traveled from place to place, to the contrast of the sky, to the pink of a lion's mouth when he roars, or to an unexpected flower on the plains of the Serengeti. I had so much fun taking photos...As you may well notice...

Sometimes I just could not pick up my camera...We walked through one small towns' market, the smells and sites and people were amazing. Bags of dried beans, rice, corn, spice, and fish. Shoes made from left over tires, used clothing, to new clothing, fruits and veggies galore... but it felt like an intrusion to pick up my camera... So I just soaked up the experience.
We had a amazing guide, Henry, and we thank him so much for taking 8 days to share with us, his beautiful country.

More to come... 

A perfect spot for lunch. Nothing but grasslands, wildebeests, and zebra for miles!
Masai children
Red earth and beautiful faces near Karatu, Tanzania
Women at market, with fresh fruits.
A Masai herder, walking roadside...
A female lion yawns, as she has a stand off with a Leopard, who is chased up another tree, nearby.
Unexpected color of wild flowers on the plains of the Serengeti.
Near the end of our journey with an amazing sunset...


  1. looks beautiful - I look forward to seeing more photos!

  2. I bet it was quite humbling. We live on such a beautiful planet. We are so blessed.

    Welcome home!

  3. The last pictures says it all....what a glorious experience for you three.

  4. What an amazing trip! So glad you had such a wonderful time. Can't wait to see how this inspires the quilting! ox

  5. Welcome back! Beautiful and amazing pictures, and the lovely one at the end, and wonderful clothes fabrics in the third and fifth pictures.

  6. All gorgeous, but I like the photo of you and your family the best. xo

  7. I can imagine how beautiful and wonderful your trip was. And I know it must have inspired you for future quilt ideas and designs.


  8. Great adventure! Love the last picture the best, even though all the others were completely fabulous! Thanks for sharing!

  9. Fabulous photos. I think there will be a colorful memory quilt in the making. Happy New Year to you!

  10. I know these photos are just the tip of the iceberg!!! I can't wait to see and hear more! Just fabulous!!

  11. My favorite part of travel is how it changes me, how I see the world and how I fit into this big universe of ours. What an amazing experience you have just had, you all looks so happy and relaxed when you came home :0)

    Welcome home and Happy Sewing

  12. Welcome home! What an unforgettable experience you've had!

  13. Beautiful and wonderful!
    Welcome home.

  14. Oh, so colorful!! Every photo is stunning. I wonder what colorful quilts your trip will inspire you to make?!!

  15. Welcome home! The pictures are beautiful!

  16. So glad to see you had a great trip. Love the photos of the gloriously colored clothing worn in that land. Thanks for sharing, Victoria.

  17. The magnitude of space will stay forever. Happy you all had such a great time. Welcome home.

  18. LOL. I take photos like that, and they all think I am crazy. But I get some great photos!

    Yours are incredible.

    Thanks for sharing.


  19. Can't wait to see more!! How many yards of fabric did accompany you back home?

  20. Fabulous pictures, thanks for the color tour!

  21. All of the pictures are gorgeous! Can't wait to see the quilts your trip inspired. The picture of the Masai children filled my heart with love and made me want to just hug them - they are sooo incredibly beautiful!

  22. Welcome home from your wonderful trip. Beautiful photos. Thanks for sharing. The women in the market have such vibrant clothes, love the turquoise, red, blue,yellow so lovely.

  23. I've been so excited to see your pics! I will enjoy seeing them, no matter how you decide to organize them. Perhaps a daily set of pictorial highlights? I can't wait to hear all about it. I love the last image of the 3 of you!
    xoxo L

  24. Lovely shots! Are the Masai as tall as they say?

  25. One of the most spectacular countries on this earth.

    Did you get any African fabrics?

  26. My aunt and uncle lived and worked in Tanzania in the 1960's and when she went back in the 1980's she kept saying that it was the smells that brought her back in time. She said it just smelled like Tanzania. Not sure what she meant, but she sure knew.


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