We visited the Bale Mountain National Park in Ethiopia to shoot stills and movies for our African Icons Book, staying at the very comfortable Bale Mountain Lodge. Bale was like nothing we’d ever seen before and working at about 14 500 feet above sea level was also a new experience for us. It’s a wild desolate place and, if you are out there when the cold mists roll in (which they can do and very quickly), you can easily find yourself in huge trouble – unable to find your way back to your vehicle.
The opposite happened to us one morning. We had driven up in very dense mist and fog, intending to head out into the higher areas to see if we could find some Ethiopian or Simian Wolves. Our guide insisted he knew where the animals were and so, we parked on the side of the road, donned our warmest gear and headed off into grey…
Well we didn’t find the wolves but we did find some really wonderful scenery when the mists started clearing, which more than made up for it and I guess there’s a lesson in there somewhere: When your plan doesn’t come together because of reasons beyond your control, go to plan “B” and make that work.
Photo details: A stitch of 8 photographs. Nikon D800 and 16 – 35mm lens. ISO200 1/250sec at f10.
Here then are some interesting facts about Bale Mountain National Park:
Roger de la Harpe