The Ugly Hut


Africa is a land of contrasts.

During one of our very few opportunities to capture a pleasing landscape image during this most recent trip to the Maasa Mara region of Kenya, we spotted some acacia trees, and moved towards one of three trees in order to set up for a landscape image.

Very close to the tree we chose was this man-made shelter, used by rangers or farmers during the day.

It is an ugly, thrown-together, metal shed with nothing inside and no purpose other than to provide temporary shelter for people needing it when out on the expansive plains.

It looks wrong in such a land of beauty.  It completely contrasts with the natural beauty which exists in the form of the acacia tree, the plains and the dramatic sky to the east.

We photographed it anyway, if for nothing else than to show something different, and highlight the contrast that exists between man and nature in the Maasai Mara.

Published on Thursday, 13 June, 2019.


Date Wednesday, 5 June, 2019
Time 6:36pm
Camera Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
Lens Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM
Focal Length 24mm
Aperture f/8
Shutter Speed 0.5 seconds
ISO 100
Exposure Mode Manual




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