Street Corner Art

Jaws Corner

Jaws Corner, Stone Town, Zanzibar, Tanzania

Jaws Corner is part of a community gathering place in the back streets of Stone Town, the main city of the island of Zanzibar. A large screen television hangs in the opposite corner and game tables are in the center of the small square.

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People, People Who Need People

Maasai Villagers

I went to Kenya and Tanzania on a National Geographic Journey with G Adventures tour. G Adventures, a Canadian travel company, supports community development projects in areas in which they do tours. In Tanzania, we visited a village where brick stoves and chimneys were being installed in homes by the Maasai Stoves and Solar Project. Before the installation of the cleans stoves, houses had no ventilation, and all the smoke from the cooking fires stayed inside, causing a variety of health problems. On most of our 14-day journey we were asked not to take pictures of the local people, who do not appreciate the constant cameras of tourists (except at tourist venues such as Maasai culture shows). In the village, however, we were invited to take photographs.

Meriku, the homeowner who was having a stove installed.

Meriku, the lovely woman who was having a stove installed, did not speak English but we connected with my few words of Swahili and her gracious hospitality. She was amazed at the camera on my cell phone. Our tour leader said that most villagers have never seen themselves because they generally don’t have mirrors. That will probably change with the spread of cell phones. We did see herders with phones but don’t know if they were smart phones or basic cell phones.

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I’d Like to Buy the World a Coke

Ubiquitous

Roadside Stop, highway into /out of the Rift Valley, Kenya

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CFFC: Birds

A Few Birds of Namibia

Variations on a Theme

Over 600 species of birds are found in Namibia. I am not a good bird photographer, but I did manage to capture a few of the birds commonly found in various sections of the country.

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OWPC: Giraffe

Who’s Watching Whom?

Who’s Watching Whom, giraffes in Etosha National Park, Namibia, Africa

Fun fact: male giraffes have more male on male sex than male on female sex. They could be banned or worse in many states and countries.

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The Road Taken

The Desert Adapted Elephants Of Namibia

Desert Adapted Elephants, Nambia

Desert Adapted Elephants, Namibia

My first encounter with an elephant in the wild happened in Damaraland, in Namibia’s northwest. Just before sunset, we drove out to look for a herd of desert adapted elephants moving through the area. We turned a corner and there they were, grazing on the shrubs and trees. I was in awe. To see my first elephant in the wild—no chains, no pens, no fences—was a magical moment.  For more information, check out Desert Elephants of Namibia.

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