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Rule Number One


I’m gearing up for a National Geographic Expeditions Weekend Photography Workshop that begins tonight, and asked my good friend and fellow staffer Tim Greenleaf (who manages the Nat Geo Expeditions website) if I could borrow some equipment. He obliged—thanks Tim! When I stopped by his office this morning to pick it up, he asked if I’d seen this photo he shot in view of Mount Kilimanjaro during a visit to Kenya‘s Amboseli National Park.

“Photography rule number one,” he admonished. “Don’t forget to look behind you!”

In fairness, Tim noted that the photographer and videographer above might have been filming, say, Amboseli’s deeply endangered lions rather than the elephants. But still.

Amboseli’s elephants are newly threatened, unfortunately, by ivory-seeking poachers using poison arrows to evade detection. Read about it here, or learn more about the plight of Amboseli’s lions here—and do something about it here.

Photograph by Tim Greenleaf


  1. Ford Cochran
    June 1, 2009, 5:52 pm

    Thanks for posting, Mara, and for your kind words. I loved the workshop too. I hope you’ll keep reading (and posting comments to) the blog, and that I’ll see you out on another NG Expedition, or next time you’re in D.C.!

  2. Mara Niemeyer
    June 1, 2009, 12:35 am

    Hi Ford!
    Just dropping by to say the workshop was amazing! It was great to have the opportunity to learn from Mark and Jennifer, and meet fab people like yourself!