Do we still live on trees?


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About makagutu

As Onyango Makagutu I am Kenyan, as far as I am a man, I am a citizen of the world

50 thoughts on “Do we still live on trees?

  1. I’ll say a prayer for the building to not fall over.

    Let me know when it collapses…

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  2. “A good gallery can’t be complete without a sky picture” – so true, and a fine one it is, the sky on each one is lovely.
    Landscapes sadly do not have enough land in them these days. Concrete jungles and plastic Tarzans. Having said that you did a great job with the photographs, good morning mak *smiles*

    – sonmi upon the Cloud

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  3. Excellent pics, once again.

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  4. carmen says:

    That’s a cityscape alright, Mak! Quite a view out your window – with so much stimulation how do you get any work done?? πŸ™‚

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  5. Ruth says:

    Great pictures, Mak! Your city is lovely!

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  6. Ain't No Shrinking Violet says:

    Awesome pics! I love to see photos of where my blogging friends live. That sky shot was spectacular.

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  7. john zande says:

    I’m more in a wide-ranging shrub with some interesting nooks and crannies.

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  8. shelldigger says:

    Next time tell them your lions are safely housed at Mak’s super villian complex under the volcano, where they are fed x-ians doused with BBQ sauce.

    What kind of assumption is one where it is thought you have lions running loose in the streets? Sounds like a redneck racist…

    Beautiful pics, beautiful country Mak.

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  9. fojap says:

    Lovely pictures!

    What! No lions? I thought they were all over the place, sort of like Kenyan squirrels. That was a silly question, but, at the same time, I was pretty sure there were no lions in Nairobi, but if you asked me why I thought that I couldn’t really give you a good answer besides never having seen a photo of Nairobi with a lion in the street. Actually, now that I think of it, I don’t even know if you have small animals that live in cities. All the stuff I’ve ever read about animals in Kenya focuses on the big ones on the plains. Do you have anything similar to squirrels, pigeons and rats? Pigeons and rats came with Europeans, but the squirrels are native, so are some varieties of mice.

    Once in Central Park, I saw a bunch of tourists oohing and ahhing over a mother raccoon and her pups. At first, I thought, “big deal.” Then I overheard a couple of people speaking French saying, “What is it?” and I realized they don’t have them outside of North America.

    So, while the lion question sounds silly, I’m tempted to cut the person who said it a little slack because I probably have a whole lot of assumptions that are only slightly less silly. I was in Mexico with a friend and we were hungry late at night, and she said to someone, “I’m from New Jersey. Now, I know you don’t have diners here, but what do you have that’s like a diner?” We were directed to an late-night taco stand. (That friend had once been in a beer ad, if that gives you an idea about her appearance. I think she was used to the notion that she could say literally anything to men and get smiles and nods. She was also very smart, but you wouldn’t know it to look at her.)

    As far as the trees go, I suspect humanity’s first mistake was coming down from them. That’s probably what started us on our need to build houses, and now we build tall towers to mimic living in trees again.

    A bit of free association: In my memories, I’ve mentioned that my mother had three close friends (sadly, two of them have died) and they all had two children around the same ages. Four of us were very close in age, and one lived in Nairobi for a time. She married a Brit born in Kenya. My mother and I had been arguing for some time where he was from. You know, when it feels rude to ask. Finally she found out.

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    • makagutu says:

      Hey,
      Nairobi has on one side a national park where you can find most of the big game except elephants. There are squirrels, mongoose, warthogs and many small animals too.
      They don’t get to the streets since the park is fenced.

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      • fojap says:

        I read the Wikipedia article on Nairobi so I wouldn’t say anything too obviously stupid. I found out that I had one huge misconception. I thought it must be hot there. It seems that our summers are worse. Cold winters and hot, muggy summers. We don’t have too much to brag about regarding weather. On the other hand, with the drought in California, I’m sort of glad to live in a wetter part of the world.

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        • makagutu says:

          February is our hottest month then October. July the coldest. The rest of the year, the temperature is almost ambient, ie, between 20-25 deg C.

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          • I’m jealous. We get 5 months of humid heat; then 2 months of windy rains; then 5 months of snow, freezing cold, and ice.

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          • makagutu says:

            Good weather all year round, is what we have. I didn’t mention the wet months from end of March to end of May and short rains in November and December

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          • fojap says:

            I did know that your summers are during our winters. I’m not that bad. πŸ™‚ January here is the coldest; the average is just about freezing. However, the July mean is 25 and the average high is 30. The thing that is the real killer is that at least once, usually twice, during the summer we get a “heat wave.” That’s three or four days of unusually hot weather. It can get into the high thirties. Add to that, the humidity. It’s great that we get a lot of rain, but the price for that is it’s humid.

            Needless to say, I don’t work for the New York City tourist bureau.

            I have to agree with TACP. I’m jealous. Your weather could make Southern Californians jealous.

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          • makagutu says:

            I think we get highs of between 27-30 on very hot days. No heat waves that I recall.
            The humidity is within acceptable range.
            You should drop in someday, you may fall in love with one of two things; the people or the weather

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          • fojap says:

            πŸ™‚

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  10. Nancy Oyula says:

    Nairobi looks so clear and clean. Also, your photography skills are on point πŸ™‚

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