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Belai Door, Ura Kidane Meret Church, Zegey Peninsual, Lake Tana, Ethiopia, Occtober 2007

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This door is painted with the story of Belai the Cannibal. Look it up for more details, but here it is in a nutshell: there was a man named Belai who ate many people (after all, he was a cannibal). One day, a leper begging for water moved Belai to pity, and belai gave the […]


Two Ugly Birds, Bahir Dar, Ethiopia, October 2007

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There were in fact several of these things. Sorry about the image quality–this is my worst lens wide open in poor light on a black bird . . .


Ugly Bird, Bahir Dar, Ethiopia, October 2007

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The Abyssinian, or Northern Ground Hornbill (Bucorvus abyssinicus), quite possibly the ugliest bird I have ever seen in my life (bad light didn’t help). Thanks to Ariella for the identification.


Self Portrait, Blue Nile Falls (Tis Abay), Tis Iset, Ethiopia, October 2007

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It is a pretty impressive falls, but when you consider the factthat 60% of its water has been diverted for a hydroelectric project, it should be the African Niagara. All the area to the right in the photo was once spillway, but now is only used during the worst of the rainy season in August. […]


Side Chute, Blue Nile Falls (Tis Abay), Tis Iset, Ethiopia, October 2007

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Blue Nile Falls (Tis Abay), Tis Iset, Ethiopia, October 2007

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Angels, Kebran Gabriel Church, Lake Tana, Ethiopia, October 2007

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Archangel Pillar, Kebran Gabriel Church, Lake Tana, Ethiopia, October 2007

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I think this is Raphael, but I am not sure. Old art is hard to find in these churches, as so much has been re-painted in the last century or so. Note the exquisitely woven ceiling.


Roof Cross, Entote Eyesus Church, Lake Tana, Ethiopia, October 2007

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Roof Cross, Debre Mariam Church, Bahir Dar, Ethiopia, October 2007

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