Adumu Jumping by Ryszard Wierzbicki

Maasai are an indigenous ethnic group inhabiting northern, central, and southern Kenya and northern Tanzania and do originally reside near the many game parks of the African Great Lakes. Maasai villages consist of several houses made of mud and cow dung, surrounded by fencing to protect their cattle from lions & other predators. Maasai are known as skilled warriors and cattle-herding farmers. Apart from those skills, Maasais are known for their jumping tradition. The Adumu, also known as the “jumping dance,” is a highly identifiable Maasai ceremony that has been captured in countless photographs and movies.

NIKON D5000 | Focal Length 55mm | Exposure f/6.7 @ 1/1500sec | ISO 400

Adumu Jumping by Ryszard Wierzbicki

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Born in 1963, Ryszard Wierzbicki is a graduate of University of Gdańsk in Poland, and completed his master degree of Social Sciences in Children Care Education in 1992. He worked in an orphanage and four other companies, where he served the positions of Educator, Marketing Specialist, and Sales & Marketing Manager in various branches including child care, dentistry, orthodontics, and IT. Apart from his regular jobs he continued developing his Scuba Diving qualification resulted as an instructor level in PADI. After emigrating to UK in 2006, he began his real travel and photography experience. He loves to explore South-East Asia, where he volunteers occasionally with Stu and the Kids charity organization of Thai and Burmese Orphans ( He established two forums for active travelers and photographers named Instant Travelling ( and World Around ( in 2010. Changed to an ironed suit and laptop for cargo trousers, hoodie jacket, and knapsack, Ryszard have been managing freely the passion of photography, traveling, and scuba diving. He is now self-employed as marketing advisor and tour organizer, happily divorced, and has no kids.

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Swindon, United Kingdom




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