After taking the road through the rainforest a few more times than planned this year, we decided to go for the luxury option and fly to G'town from Lethem. I was hoping for some spectacular views of the forest, but it was a dull day. The sunlight breaking through cloud gave a nice island of colour in the sea of trees for this shot.
My last day in the interior I took photos of the Catholic Confirmation candidates in a small village near Dadanawa Ranch. The candidates had been waiting a full year for a visit from the Bishop to be confirmed. A big occasion for them, they have had dresses and suits made and added trimmings from Brazil.
The miners working around Aishalton are starting to make their way home, either to Brazil or to Georgetown, in time for Christmas. Maybe there are some nuggets of gold in those pockets!
It seems I never get around to stopping and taking a picture of the general countryside around here. I was concentrating on the flowering trees to the left of the picture, but the sun just wouldn't shine on them, and I had a few passengers wondering what on earth I was doing - taking a photo with no people in it!
Today I was helping out at a World Aids Day event organised by the Peace Corps Volunteers in Aishalton. We were looking for a model for an Aids poster. Not sure if this one will make it, but I think it fits in photo of the day quite well!
Dirty work, but a real community effort. A church in the small village of Katoonarib is being refurbished. I'm actually pretty happy with this picture: the stripe of focus running down the wall shows a depth of field of about 1 inch, but the details of the face are all crisp; exposure is bang on; framing is OK I think... Any thoughts?
Maybe I should have waited for 'Taxi from School' and I might have got a smile from both of them!
If I could have got today's subject under yesterday's tree, then it might have been a winner... Next time!
Nothing really of special interest or merit in this view, I just felt that it was a lot different to the batch of portraits that have been on the blog lately. So, a little greenery for a change!
Fr Varghese, visiting a remote village, is showing a slideshow on his laptop. The people of the village are gathered for this unusual entertainment, sitting still in the moonlight, under the stars.
Where nearly everyone has dark eyes and hair, this girl really stands out! Sadly, the photo doesn't really do justice - more of a snap and not well planned out. Not happy at all with this one!
Like rural doctors, the sisters travel around the homes of the old and unwell, giving comfort and prayers. Here Sister Lucy is reading to an old blind lady, in the hammock, who can no longer leave her house.
The small family farms which provide most of the basic foodstuffs (such as cassava and rice)for the people of Aishalton are out on the edge of the forests. The farm areas are rotated regularly to allow trees to grow back and the soil to recover. Clearing a new farm is hard work, cutting down trees, letting them dry enough to burn the leaves and small branches where they fell, then a couple of months later cutting the trunks into liftable sections which can be stacked and burnt.
All women over a certain age here are called 'Granny'. This granny is well past that certain age and is actually a great-grandmother. At first she appears weak, but I often see her swinging a big axe, chopping firewood. Here she is spinning cotton to make a traditional Wapichan hammock. She is sitting in another hammock she made earlier.
The moon was about half an hour ahead of the sun, straight above it in the sky. They will almost be near enough to eclipse tomorrow morning - which in practice means I won't be able to see anything other than a normal sunrise!
I think that these are spider eggs, laid on a stem of thick web, hanging from a piece of wood. Another day of rain left these eggs with a coating of fine water. With a shaft of sunlight falling on them they look like jewels - better than diamonds!
For every winner, there has to be at least one loser! Last sports picture for a while. Some more pictures of the events are available on the Picasa album, but not too many - I tried to have a day off and enjoy the action for myself today!