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Serene Karura Forest In Nairobi, Kenya (Part 2)
<p>Check out my previous blog from <a href="http://www.friendsofkarura.org/">Karura Forest</a> in case you missed it.</p>
<p>Karura Forest is currently ranked #4 of the top attractions in Nairobi on <a href="https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attractions-g294207-Activities-Nairobi.html">Tripadvisor</a>.&nbsp; As I stated in part 1, it's a great spot to relax, read a book, get some exercise, or meditate. This park is a gem within the city limits of Nairobi, second to only Nairobi National Park on my list of best places in the city.</p>
<p>To further explain the security improvements for the park, the entire perimeter of the park is surrounded by electrified fence.&nbsp; This fencing helps to both keep the wildlife inside the park, and intruders out.&nbsp;</p>
<p>There are only a few entrances into the park, which are manned by security personnel.&nbsp; The entry fee prevents vagrants from entering the park, and is higher for non-residents.&nbsp; Your bags are searched upon entering the park, and no weapons or devices that may disturb wildlife (such as drones) are allowed.&nbsp; In addition, you are not allowed to enter with disposable plastic bottles or plastic bags.&nbsp; One thing I noticed about the forest, is it was very clean and devoid of garbage.</p>
<p>There is a village inside of the park where the park rangers live, so there is always human presence inside the park.</p>
<img src="https://joshman.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/line.png" alt="" class="wp-image-2155"/>
<img src="https://joshman.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/48840817482_4c5de6fe2a_c.jpg" alt="" class="wp-image-2289"/><br/><i>1:  Karura Forest has miles and miles of trails for hiking, running, and bike riding weaving through its 2500 acres.  They pass through meadows, pine forests, and thick jungles.</i>
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<img src="https://joshman.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/48840832627_04c724b641_c.jpg" alt="" class="wp-image-2292"/><br/><i>2:  Within the park is the Karura River and Falls.  It's a quiet spot to sit and reflect.  There was several times during the week that I was completely alone here.</i>
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<img src="https://joshman.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/48840826362_8d0ba05e6b_c.jpg" alt="" class="wp-image-2291"/>
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<img src="https://joshman.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/48840822227_567e1dc174_c.jpg" alt="" class="wp-image-2290"/><br/><i>3-4:  Close to the river there are also several caves.  They have been excavated by archaeologists, and it was determined that people have sheltered in these caves for thousands of years.</i>
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<img src="https://joshman.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/48840802887_47be810a10_c.jpg" alt="" class="wp-image-2288"/>
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<img src="https://joshman.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/48840624421_d177cff636_c.jpg" alt="" class="wp-image-2284"/><br/><i>5-6:  This handsome lad is a Syke's Monkey.  The rest of his troop sped away when I approached, but this guy just hung out near me and let me snap several photos.  I'm guessing he was fed by a human at some point, so he was hoping for a handout from me.</i>
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<img src="https://joshman.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/48840301723_035fbb2b3f_c.jpg" alt="" class="wp-image-2283"/><br/><i>7:  This is a Harvey’s duiker, a small antelope.  The examples I had seen previously had been very skittish, but this one let me get close enough to grab a shot with my 280mm lens.</i>
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<img src="https://joshman.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/48840667666_af0d7a91db_c.jpg" alt="" class="wp-image-2285"/><br/><i>8:  This adorable little guy is a Dik-dik.  They are the world's smallest antelope, only weighing a few kilos.  They hang out in the underbrush for protection, so you will seldom see them out in the open.</i>
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<img src="https://joshman.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/48840794467_a6fc6bcc87_c.jpg" alt="" class="wp-image-2287"/><br/><i>9:  This photo of a tree hollow looks more like painting.  Unfortunately, I didn't find anything interesting living inside.</i>
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<img src="https://joshman.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/48840786037_f65f5e1036_c.jpg" alt="" class="wp-image-2286"/><br/><i>10:  The wetter areas of the park had many of these purple flowers.  The closest thing I could find using google images is a morning glory.</i>
<img src="https://joshman.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/line.png" alt="" class="wp-image-2155"/>
<p>I hope that you enjoyed my travel photos and commentary, and will return for more travel content in the future.</p>
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@luegenbaron ·
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damn what a beautiful spot!
I'd like to be a ranger.. or some kinda shepherd with an enduro in the mountains.. :)

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@joshman ·
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@hangin ·
That is definitely my ideal place total peace and relaxation i love the photo of the Syke's Monkey looking at you...damn give me some food human 🀣 🀣
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@joshman ·
Haha yeah, no food for you monkey!
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@hangin ·
You were lucky in Thailand they jump you if you have no food for them 🀣
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@joshman ·
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@drutter ·
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More nice pics :)
Slightly off topic...
I have a hard drive full of such pics, from my own adventures and photography. Some maybe not as good, some maybe better. Point is, I can't make any money posting them. I've tried! People consider my photo posts to be shitposts, and I rarely get over 20 cents, no matter how long they are, how good the photos are, and how clever the captions are. 
Maybe it's jealousy, but I see each of your photo posts automatically garnering at least $10 to $20 (and thereby pillaging value from other posts, such as mine). So my 20 cents becomes 10 cents, so your photo posts get just that much more. Silly, right?
So I'm curious, why is it that your photo posts, which under my account would be considered spam or shitposts, are almost trending?
Not that I don't love them. I always check them out. You've been to lots of obscure tourist spots I'll never go to.
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@joshman ·
> People consider my photo posts to be shitposts, and I rarely get over 20 cents, no matter how long they are, how good the photos are, and how clever the captions are.

I haven't seen any of your photo posts, and I would question anyone who considered them spam or shitposts if they were an honest attempt at creating content and telling a story.

> ...and thereby pillaging value from other posts, such as mine

I don't really know what to say to you here, but it's a valid question.  If you feel my post is overvalued, downvote it.  I don't decide how my post gets voted or how much of the pool gets sent to me.  I certainly don't solicit votes, bot them, or trade them.  I've even been dwindling down my self vote on top of that.  It is a social network at its core.  It's not always vote the post, it's also vote the person.  What I do is network a lot outside of steem on discords, etc. I'm in anti-abuse and curation communities, and I take stands and am outspoken on issues here that get me noticed and more followers with more stake.  I also occasionally get my posts downvoted to hell by those that disagree because of some of those stands as well.

I bought quite a bit of steem and I power it all up(except for steem monsters cards), and you can see on both my accounts I follow trails and delegate out a lot of it to projects and initiatives.  Most of my voting with this account, I vote very inefficiently because I'd rather support people such as yourself instead of maximizing my milking the system.  For the most part my votes are very asymmetric,  I stopped voting steem related posts any higher than 10%, because I want to see more non-steem related content here.  I also keep on buying STEEM.  I just bought 2k more today and powered it up on @joshmania.  That might have something to do with getting noticed more too.

To be honest, I personally only care that my posts don't get zero'd out.   It's just fun to document my experience on a blockchain in addition to my website.   I care more about the unit price of steem going up in value, than getting more of the inflation.  That being said, whatever inflation I do earn, I'm going to try to put it to good use.

But like I said, if you feel it is over-rewarded compared to similar posts, downvote it.  I'm not going to judge you for it or retaliate.  But know there are others on steem actually trading votes with other whales and orcas for 3-4 times the rewards who would do both to you.  Would you be consistent and take that same stand against them?

Thanks for the opportunity to really think about this topic and challenge my assumptions.  I hope that my response will accomplish the same for you.
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@drutter ·
$0.02
And thanks for not assuming I'm attacking you or your content (because I'm not). I think you're a great photographer and your posts are nicely laid out. I'd never downvote any of your stuff (unless it somehow took a really dramatic turn for the worse, and even then maybe not). At the very worst, I'd refrain from upvoting it. I'm really just trying to figure out what makes certain posts (or people) winners, post HF21. Something's different (such as the former bidpots piling on votes to certain people/posts). I'm not trying to take you down! I'm trying to find out how I can potentially get in on it.

Not voting Steem-related posts highly is an interesting policy! Cool. I guess I have that same policy, I just never put it into words for myself. :)

As for "networking", I don't doubt the effectiveness of those strategies. But, is that what curation is supposed to be calculating, a person's networking ability, and time put in to developing partnerships with curators? It seems NewSteem is a lot about networking and not so much about content. Indeed, the insiders announced the other day that the new direction for this blockchain is away from content, and toward "launching new cryptos/SMTs". But back when I started putting in full time work here (2 years ago), and put in $5000 (my entire savings), that wasn't what this place was billed as. Back then (and still officially to this day) the concept here was:

![get paid.png](https://cdn.steemitimages.com/DQmRcEvce9BHDTQHrt84c6jNt2e9MaApXP1Jm6dHo8rtFjG/get%20paid.png)

So I too have put in some time, money, and effort, and currently it isn't paying off. Yes, I'll take your advice about tags and other stuff (mentioned in another comment), but I don't think that's going to take me all the way. Perhaps I put in my time, money, and effort too soon? If I had held that $5000 until today, and never made a single post or comment here, I could buy 35,000 STEEM out of nowhere, and I'd be in the club. Sometimes it feels as though I'm being penalized for doing everything right, and supporting this blockchain too soon/early.

I understand that you don't need the money and you're posting to document your adventures. I'm the same, although I had dreamed that at some point my work here would at least buy me a new camera, as my current one is essentially toast. I'm disabled and on a very fixed income, so even a few hundred bucks is hard to come by all at once. Losing all my savings in this blockchain, and still never making enough to replace my camera, is pretty dismal. 

Not that it's your fault whatsoever, so please don't hear me saying that :)

Thanks for helping me understand better.
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@ludmila.kyriakou ·
I would love to visit such a park!
Great photos!
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@joshman ·
Thanks for dropping by, I'm glad you enjoyed them.
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@ludmila.kyriakou ·
:-))
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