I took this picture in Maasai Mara National Park, Kenya, in 2007. The camera was a crappy point and shoot but I think to this day it’s one of the best pictures I’ve ever taken, compositionally. This Acacia was the only tree in the middle of the enormous plain. In my time in Africa I’ve seen plenty of Acacias (I had one right behind my house in Tanzania and have some cool pictures of it too) but I still think they’re the coolest trees in the world.
So, getting a tattoo is on my Thirty by 30 list. I’ve been set on the location (shoulder-blade) and the words in my envisioned tattoo for a long time, but I keep waffling on the picture. Lately I’ve been thinking that an Acacia tree would be perfect! It could have color, meaning, and even be based on this picture that I took! Including the road would be awesome and meaningful too. Plus, it’s African-themed without being obvious (my first idea was an outline of the continent of Africa) and fits perfectly with the words I want: “Tupo pamoja” meaning “We are together” in Swahili.
What do you think?????