March 2014 Archives

Sunset over San Diego Harbor

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Reflection Confusion

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San Diego photos. Click photos to enlarge them.

San Diego Rose

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Smoke (or at least Fog) and Mirrors

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Two more scenes from San Diego. Click photos to enlarge them.

San Diego Geometries

Sky blue, rusty red, gray, and black + straight lines and angles. These images could make two in a nice series of paintings on large canvases. Click photos to enlarge them.

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Downtown San Diego

Two weeks after returning from Ethiopia, we went to San Diego for Elsa's WORLD Conference. I wandered the streets, taking shots of the urban scene around downtown and the Gaslight District. These will occupy this blog for the next couple of weeks. Click photos to enlarge them.

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Valiant Tour Guide

To complete this photo tour of Ethiopia, here are two photos of our excellent tour guide, Dereje. Click photos to enlarge them.

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On the bus


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In a music store

Riches of the Merkato

A few scenes from an "antique" shop in the Merkato of Addis Ababa, crowded with stuff to entice the tourists. Click photos to enlarge them.

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Back to the Merkato

On our last afternoon in Addis, we paid another visit to the Merkato for some last minute shopping. Click photos to enlarge them.

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Men carrying huge stacks of brightly colored mattresses were a frequent sight on our trip.


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Fun with mannequins.

Addis From Above

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The big off-white area is thousands of greenhouses, growing roses for export mainly to Europe. We were told that flower export is the 4th-largest sector in the Ethiopian economy.


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The Merkato, Africa's largest market, from above.


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Addis Ababa has about 4 million people, but they mainly live in small houses and buildings, rather than tall apartments.

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Flying Back to Addis

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Rather than driving back from the Omo River Valley to Addis Ababa, we had a chartered 12-seat Cessna, witha flat dirt field as an airstrip. Nice!


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The pilot talking with his copilot.

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This aerial view shows the curves and dustiness of the road back, but not its ruts and potholes - nor the interesting people along the way.

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Colubus Monkey

A troop of these monkeys was in the trees over our camp in the Omo River Valley. They made a great racket in the middle of the night. The noises were unfamiliar - not like that from howler monkeys - so in my half awake state I imagined all sorts of fearsome things. (click to enlarge)

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Karo Courting

The Karo men dance by jumping...

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The Karo women respond in kind, but some have trouble keeping a straight face.

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Karo Young and Old

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Painted Karo Faces

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Karo and Hamar Portraits

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Karo People

The last tribe we visited in the Omo River Valley was the Karo people. The next few postings will be images of them.

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Happy


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Not so happy

Back Across the Omo River

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Bume Village Scenes

On the street of the village of the Bume people in the Omo River Valley tribal area of Ethiopia. Click photos to enlarge them.

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Bume Scarification

According to Wikipedia, Bume men must sometimes kill "violent raiders" (rustlers) to protect their cattle. "Upon killing an enemy they scar themselves repeatedly to stop the bad blood from magically killing them."

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Women in the Bume Village

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Crossing the Omo River

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To get to the Bume territory, one must take a small boat across the Omo River (now low in the dry season) ...


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then clamber up a steep embankment, on which are stored other things that crossed the river, to the village. Click photos to enlarge them.

Arid Bume Land

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The Bume, or Nyangatom, people were the poorest of the tribes we visited in the Omo River Valley of Ethiopia. These pictures are intended to show the harsh, arid land on which they must find grazing for their cows. Click photos to enlarge them.

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A Softer Side

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Not all of the Omo River Valley is dry and harsh. There are a few of these large, striking, flowering trees.


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A baby chick in a pile of petals in our camp.

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Rough Wood in the Tribal Lands

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The tribal lands in the Omo River Valley in southern Ethiopia are mainly very dry, supporting only scrub bushes and dwarf trees.


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So when wood is needed for cattle corrals or to separate fields, the result is usually a striking assembly of grotesque shapes. Click photos to enlarge them.

Key Afar Market Portrait

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The wooden object this fellow is holding (and trying to sell to us) is a seat that cattle herders use. It's not clear whether it's also used as a pillow to protect elaborate hairdos; similar objects are used that way in other African cultures. (click to enlarge)

Practical Things at the Key Afar Market

Kind of a Walmart in the south of Ethiopia. Click photos to enlarge them.

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Clusters at the Key Afar Market

Note that the women don't wear the striking and provocative costumes and decorations that they do when posing for tourist photos. Click photos to enlarge them.

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Key Afar Market

The Ethiopian town of Key Afar, near Jinka, hosts a weekly market to which people from the various tribes in the area - who rarely interact otherwise - come to buy necessities from each other. And make some profitable contact with the tourists, as well. Click photos to enlarge them.

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Hamar Boys

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Hamar Girls

According to the Wikipedia article on the Hamar people, "only six tribal members have ever completed secondary education". (click to enlarge)

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Lead Bull at Sunset

In Hamar territory. (click to enlarge)

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Old Hamar Women

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Hamar: Old and Up To Date

Thatched mud hut and corral with cell phone. Click photos to enlarge them.

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Hamar Hairdos

Hamar women tightly braid their hair and color it with ochre, for a very striking effect. The phallic symbols closed around the necks of the women means that they are first wives. Click photos to enlarge them.

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Young Mursi Men

"The young men have the responsibility of grazing the cattle and they have long slathered on clay to prevent sunburn. Colors are used to designate position, for ritual, to ward off illness, to attract the opposite sex, to associate with family, a tribe or an animal, and of course just recently, to impress tourists." From http://www.inspirationgreen.com/tribes-of-the-omo-valley.html, which is worth looking at for many more, and different, examples of body painting.

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Mursi Young People

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Mursi Women

Not every Mursi woman, not even those with babies (who are probably married) wears a lip plate. But they still look striking and wonderful. Click photos to enlarge them.

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Mursi Lip Plates

A couple more Mursi women with lip plates, and one with the plate removed. I imagine it takes a lot of stoicism. Click photos to enlarge them.

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Mursi Portraits

The Mursi people are famous for their lip plates and other bodily decoration. One can't help wondering whether some of them especially adorn themselves for photo-happy tourists who pay small amounts to take these pictures. Click photos to enlarge them.

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Emphasis

This Mursi woman posed for me in a standard way, but when I reviewed the photo I wanted to focus on her elaborate decorations and challenging gaze. Click photos to enlarge them.

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Konso Generation Tree

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Every generation (18 years) the new Konso adult males add a new tree to the assembly. We were told that this is now in its third generation. (click to enlarge)

Konso People at Work

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Konso Fence and Huts

When rocks and sticks are all you've got, you build with rocks and sticks. Click photos to enlarge them.

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Konso Kids

The young children of the Konso peopletake care of even younger ones in an attractive way. Click photos to enlarge them.

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Ethiopian Bee Hives

The bee hives are up in the trees. Click photos to enlarge them.

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A view of the countryside as we drove toward Jinka.


Lake Chamo Fauna

Lake Chamo is one of the Rift Valley lakes, well known for its wildlife: hippos, crocodiles, pelicans, fish eagles, and herons. We got a good view on a boat ride. Click photos to expand them.

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Along the Road to Jinka

After staying overnight at Arba Minch (near a US Airforce base and ironically the only place we stayed where the electricity was off and remained off throughout our stay) we drove to Jinka, where we would visit the Konso people. Click photos to enlarge them.

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Waiting for cattle drives to clear the road was a constant feature of our drive south.


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Quite a few baboons along this stretch of road.

Head Shots

Head shots in the Chencha cultural center. The top guy was selling fabrics, the bottom guy was selling ...(click to enlarge)

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False Banana

The false banana is an important food source in southern and southwestern Ethiopia. We got a demonstration at a cultural center in the town of Chencha near Arba Minch. The plant is shaved, the pulp is pounded into a pancake or tortilla shape, and the cake is baked over a fire. The result is edible but not exciting. Click photos to enlarge them.

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Ethiopian Wheat

Wheat and teff are the main grains of Ethiopia. They're grown in small plots, not huge fields as in the US. Click photos to enlarge them.

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Generations

At a village on the drive from Addis to Arba Minch. It looks like the grandmothers take care of the kids while the parents are at work. (click to enlarge)

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You take the high road...

and I'll take the low road (to Arba Minch). (click to enlarge)

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Roadside Village People

Along the road to Arba Minch, we stopped at a roadside village with some interestingly decorated (and rather substantial) huts. As always, people came out to see what was going on, giving us the opportunity for some nice portraits. Click photos to enlarge them.

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Along the Road to Arba Minch

Continuing our drive south to the Omo River Valley tribal areas, we left Lake Langano for Arba Minch. Along the way we passed an interesting cemetery and a cattle watering station. Click photos to enlarge them.

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Evening at Lake Langano

On the first night of our drive from Addis to the Omo River Valley tribal areas, after stopping at Lake Ziway, we spent the night in a pleasant hotel at Lake Langano. This is another of the Rift Valley lakes, and the only one not afflicted with bilharzia. Our hotel was high above the lake, and the evening view was lovely. (click to enlarge)

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Lake Ziway Birds

Lake Ziway is one of the freshwater Rift Valley lakes of Ethiopia. We drove there, about 60 miles south of Addis, after the Timkat festival. It's notable for its birds, especially large populations of Maribou storks and pelicans. Click photos to enlarge them.


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Along with the big birds, a small pied kingfisher.

Celebratory Hairdo

Along with its religious function, the Timkat celebration is an occasion to see and be seen. Some of the women sported very elaborate hairdos; this was one of the best. (click to enlarge)

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Baptizing the Timkat Crowds

After the official baptism of the crosses in the inner enclosure, the crowds were allowed up to the fence for their own baptism. Quite a remarkable scene! Click photos to enlarge them.

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Restrained by troops until the signal is given. This is just a portion of one side of the four-sided enclosure. There may well have been several hundred thousand people all told.


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Opening the hoses.


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Ecstasy!

Timkat Persona

Scenes from Timkat morning in Addis Ababa. Click photos to enlarge them.

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The Patriarch of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church.


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The Patriarch is about to spray (baptize) his fellow prelates.


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A staffer who helped to direct traffic and keep order.

Worshipers in White

At the Timkat festival in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Click photos to enlarge them.

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