photo of the week
Every week I'm on the road I choose a photo of the week. Sometimes it's a fantastic photo, other times it's all about what that shot meant to me. Be sure to let me know what you think.
We visited the Mersi (pronounced mercy) tribe in Ethiopian's Omo valley who are famous for their huge lip plates. This incredibly pretty young girl was clearly born with a cleft pallet and we wondered if that made her inherently so much more beautiful. She hasn't started her lip plate yet and just struck me how pretty she was. I've got so much better photo's of the tribe but I keep coming back to this one.
Sometimes on your travels it is very important to remember the people on earth who did not win the life lottery like you did. This weeks photo is the shanti towns in Nairobi. Over 3.5 million people in Nairobi live like this. Worth taking a step back, re working your budget and maybe help someone else today.
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Make life your success
We stayed at Meserani Snake Park in Tanzania as a jump off point to get out to Serengeti. This is a well established overland camp run my "Ma" of which profits go to the local womens clinic they have built. This massai gentlemen was our camp guard and was watching us make our breakfast this morning. I loved the colours of the huts, the tree growing up and his bewildered expression at our "eggy bread" making.
We were on Zanzibar during Ramadan, which was actually pretty cool. While Zanzibar is stunning, it's the local kids who are worth watching. This young boy was practicing his back-flip in the water. You can see he's misjudged it at least once and smacked his head, but unperturbed, he gets up and has another go. Love that attitude and despite the crystal clear water, the amazing snorkeling and the cute hotels, this image says Zanzibar to me louder than any other.
I know hair should not define a woman but its hard not to think it does after seeing the girls from the Himba tribe in Namibia. They mould their hair encased in clay and then tease the bottom edged to make this amazing caramel cached locks. Its amazing as is the rest of their dress. This young lady was showing us the "smoking" ceremony and while the photo isn't exactly crisp it does capture her stunning beautyl
The Mandela Capture Site is something that I wasn't expecting to get much out of, however it surprised me in the quality of the information in the museum and the honesty of that info. By far however the best part was this amazing sculpture of Mandela's face. From front on you see this, but alter your view slightly and its just a bunch of metal bars stuck in the ground. Very very clever.
We crossed into Senegal and IMMEDIATELY noticed a change in the people. They are so very friendly and the local dress is just stunning. So amazing to see colour and smiles after Mauritania's more subtle style. These markets in St Louis and a thriving hub of colour and characters. Loved Senegal and this first market we saw prepared us for bigger and better ones to come.
This young lad lives opposite me in Bocas town. He often is sitting here after school watching the world go by. Mostly though he's hoping for someone to come along that plays futbol. Someone who isn't a soccer challenged white woman with a bad knee and a repaired achillies. He's always gracious though and ALWAYS agrees to play with me. Carlos I will miss you my friend.
I was in the US for the horrific terror attacks in Florida and then for the challenges that arose from a few black men being shot by police in Dallas and Baton Rouge. In the midst of all the protests and killings that happened that week (in Baton Rouge where I was) the benches along the river were an unusual calm in the midsts of all the drama.
I have some great Photo's from Memphis but I just can't go past a Graceland this week. The house itself isn't outstanding, although the jungle room is something to be seen, however the sheer weight of Elvis's success is overwhelming. There are more silver, gold and platinum records than you can point a stick at and here's an astounding fact for you: More Americans watched "Elvis - Aloha from Hawaii" than watched man walk on the moon. YES - can you imagine that?? So this week I just couldn't go past one wall (of many) in the record room at Graceland. Elvis Lives!
Quite accidentally I ended up in Nashville for the start of country music week. It was crazy busy and while I didn't really love the Honky Tonk bars on Broadway (they seemed just too manufactured to me) I did open mike night at the Bluebird Cafe which was spectular and also got a ticket for the Grand Ole Opry on opening night for CMA week. Some amazing acts but what I really loved was Chris Jenson. While I'm not a huge country fan he was so energetic, his music you just can't help but jig to and he can belt it out on that harmonica. This weeks Photo of The Week is this little video of him showing his stuff.
Head-Smashed-In-Buffalo-Jump is a First Nation site about 2 hours south of Calgary. Its is AMAZING. The story is very emotional and I was lucky enough to have Little Leaf all to myself to hear the stories from a First Nation perspective. This is the plains below the jump. After you've done the centre and been out to the top side of the cliff, you can stand down here and almost feel the thunder of the buffalo. It is one of the best indigenous centers I've ever seen. Go - its really worth the drive.
Jenny - photography lover but someone who hates lugging around HUGE camera's so my images are all from my Olympus OMD or my little Sony digital.