Posted by: hksounds | March 5, 2015

My ideal reader

It took quite a bit of thought to come up with my ideal reader for this blog. I’d love to connect with people who are passionate about great music, who are well read in a variety of genres, who think deeply about all they do and consider the ramifications of their actions, who can see through the illusions that so many are held captive by, Read More…

Posted by: hksounds | October 29, 2017

Goodbye Willie Chan – updated October 28, 2017

Willie Chan Chi Keung,

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I can’t begin to imagine what my life would have been like if it hadn’t crossed paths with Willie Chan. One thing’s for sure, the past 22 years of my life would have been entirely different if it hadn’t been for him. And, of course, that’s not just true for me but for millions around the world.

There are plenty of photos of Willie Chan online and many tributes as well. Here are a few photos from over the years, including a few I took myself. I will continue looking for more and update if I find something special.

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Thank you Willie. 22 May 1941 – 24 October 2017, RIP



It’a been too long since I last wrote about my stunning adventures in southern Africa. I promised to let you know what happened when I skipped the walk and returned to my villa early. If everything up to then proclaimed that this was the Day of the Leopard (cubs) well it turned out to be something entirely different due to those few moments.

Join me for what might be the last post on this particular trip. Even though this trip is only half over, there’s just too much to write about and too little time (and skill).

But here’s a preview of what could be ahead if I ever manage to write about the rest of this absolutely fabulous trip.

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Posted by: hksounds | October 1, 2017

Encounter Mara, Pt. 4 – updated October 1, 2017

Welcome back to Kenya and my trip that is now at Encounter Mara in the Naboisho Conservancy.

I hit the trifecta of sky and big cat country this day. That’s only two you say? Click here to read all about it and discover what made the third part.

DSCN1921-minIf your eyes are good enough or you use binoculars, you can see what I’m talking about without this being a spoiler. (Or you can look at the tags.) But sometimes surprises are good,

Posted by: hksounds | August 12, 2017

Encounter Mara, Pt. 3 – updated August 12, 2017

More of the lion cubs.


And a few glimpses of the amazing Kenyan sky.


Join me for part 2 my afternoon game AKA two hours with the lion cubs. Scroll up if you need to as sometimes the link isn’t in the right place due to different scrolling rates for different internet speeds and browsers.

Posted by: hksounds | July 5, 2017

Encounter Mara, Pt. 2 – updated July 5, 2017

It’s taken way too long to get back to updating this blog. I got forced out of where I had been living for twelve years due to rains coming in through the ceiling, over the bed, and I didn’t even live on the top floor! So house moving – they say it’s the third most stressful event in life after death of a loved one and divorce. I am happy to be back on track.

My wish list comes true: lion cubs!

What a yawn and look at those baby teeth!

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Remember, due to different timings for different browsers’ scrolling function, you may be taken to a spot farther down the page than the start of the linked update. Scroll back up if it looks like you are not at the start.




Leaving Nairobi and the great National Park for a small-plane flight vis Safai Link to the Naboisho Conservancy and Asilia’s Encounter Mara luxury tented camp.

There be elephants down there.


Click here to join me on the next leg of my Kenya safari adventure.

Posted by: hksounds | March 23, 2017

Kenya! Pt. 4

My first stop in Kenya comes to a close. More encounters with the wildlife in the fascinating Nairobi National Park where the amazements are not just on the ground.

This was the most astonishing display of crepuscular rays I’d ever seen.

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Posted by: hksounds | March 9, 2017

Kenya! Pt 3

Join me as we conclude our morning drive on my first full day in Kenya.

Below are photos that include one of the few elands I saw during my trip. They are among the largest of the grazers I saw in Kenya. There were some naughty neighbor’s cows which had come agrazing which is a forbidden activity in the National Park, and a photo of the lodge from near where you park. There’s something of a trek up to the lodge itself and you have to cross a swaying plank bridge to get there. It has a bit of a pitch and yaw as you approach midsection.

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So hang on tight and click here. Please note that sometimes the link will take you to the right page but to a place that’s past the start of this new section. Please just scroll up a wee bit to Kenya! Pt. 3. I’ll try to figure out the problem and fix it soon.

Posted by: hksounds | February 14, 2017

Kenya! Pt. 2

We cross the swaying bridge from Ololo Lodge and the first morning game drive gets underway.

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The lodge is just outside the Nairobi National Park.

20170125_202835This wonderful sign is at the front gate.

Enter here.

Posted by: hksounds | February 6, 2017

East Africa! Pt. 1

Kenya Pt. 1

Nairobi National Park! Pt. 1

This fabulous 9-day trip will start in Nairobi and go to the Nabiosho Conservancy and Maasai Mara.

On the way to Ololo lodge just outside the Nairobi National Park, we pass a few zebra . The one in front looks very pregnant.


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A beautiful sunset.

Join me on a safari to Kenya!




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