wildebeests face the mara

what is in a name? beauty, terror, raw force of survival. these images, by tomasz gudzowaty, of a wildebeest (aka gnu antelopes) herd over a million strong on the plateau surrounding the ngorongoro volcanic crater in the serengeti during the december to june rainy period, inspire and haunt. after the last rainstorm, the plain rapidly changes into a dry and hostile wasteland, the wildebeests migrate, following the escaping rain and at a certain point during the migration, the herd must swim across its largest obstacle – the mara river. an epic journey. by kl