THE Traveler: Peter Engebretson of Minneapolis.

The scene: Two giraffes feast on an acacia tree in the Mara North Conservancy, a nonprofit private wilderness that is a key part of the Maasai Mara ecosystem. The 61 acres is adjacent to Kenya’s Maasai Mara National Reserve.

trip details: “Going on a safari for our honeymoon was an unforgettable experience, and one thing we wanted on our trip was responsible tourism in the region,” Engebretson wrote in an e-mail. He and his wife, Kelly Engebretson, stayed only at lodges that employed, invested in and collaborated with or were owned by local people. “The Mara North Conservancy is very committed to the environment, wildlife and the community,” he added. (Find more information on the conservancy at

Getting the shot: Engebretson says he was in the right place at the right time to snap this photo — under the canopy of his open-air safari vehicle. He used a Leica V-Lux camera to capture the moment. “Of the 4,300 pictures we took, this was our favorite for the symmetry and similarities of the angles of the giraffes, but also the great contrast of the silhouettes against the more colorful, vast landscape,” he wrote.

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