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Netting, Bahir Dar, Ethiopia, June 2009

Published on June 30, 2009

A man repairs his nets on Sunday after church, readying himself for another week of fishing. I believe most of the fisshing in Lake Tana is for perch, and the ‘asa dulet’ (fish goulash) here is the best I have had in the country.


Little Bee-Eater (Merops pusillus), Bahir Dar, Ethiopia, June 2009

Published on June 29, 2009

A flycatcher sits on a branch by lake Tana, patiently waiting for me to take its picture. This was identified for me as a Little Green Bee-Eater (Merops orientalis), but I have had a chance to look at Birds of the Horn of Africa, and the distribution for the Little Green Bee Eater is wrong, […]


Friday Link: LensWork Podcast

Published on June 26, 2009

As I mentioned before, I listen to a lot of podcasts, especially when I am traveling (as I am now). Of all of these podcasts, the one I perhaps look forward to the most is Brooks Jensen’s LensWork podcast. His magazine is the apex of fine art photography periodicals, and he uses experiences from the […]


Pilgrims, Bilbala Gyorgis Church, Bilbala, Lasta, Ethiopia, June 2009

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Pilgrims sit under a tree in front of Bilbala Gyorgis Church, near Lalibela, Ethiopia. Most have spots of skin smeared with the holy mud cure that makes the church an attractive pilgrimage site. Large trees, especially sycamores, as here, are associated with churches and gathering-places in Ethiopia. In the Southern part, they are holy sites […]


Portable Altars, Yemrehana Kristos Church, Lasta, Ethiopia, June 2009

Published on June 25, 2009

These portable altars, in the collection of Yemrehana Kristos Church, are an interesting relic of the unique liturgical heritage of the Ethiopian church. The style of the altar derives directly from carved stone incense burners used as part of Sabean (South Arabian) religious customs, dominant in Axum at some point before the adoption of Christianity […]


Yemrehana Kristos Church, Lasta, Ethiopia, June 2009

Published on June 24, 2009

Yemrehana Kristos, in the village of Imrehana, 35km outside of Lalibela, is without doubt one of the most impressive churches in Ethiopia, and should be on the itinerary of anyone who is visiting the country. An hour’s drive from Lalibela over a 4WD road, it is slightly remote, and does not get the attention it […]


Kes Te’ubo, Lalibela, Lasta, Ethiopia June 2009

Published on June 23, 2009

Kes Te’ubo is a local administrator and a scribe/illustrator in Lalibela. He makes wonderful, vivid colors out of powdered natural materials, mainly flower petals, roots, and leaves. Here, he is demonstrating his pen-cutting technique on a piece of native bamboo, known as ‘shamboko,’ which is the primary material used for traditional pens in Ethiopia (some […]


Priest, Asheten Maryam Church, Lalibela, Ethiopia, june 2009

Published on June 22, 2009

I have forgotten the name of this gentleman, but he is the priest at Asheten rock-hewn church, on the mountain above Lalibela. Here, he is shown just after locking the door to the church, which we had finished visiting. When you photograph people in Ethiopia (and, I am told, third-world countries in general) they tend […]


Friday Link: The Candid Frame

Published on June 20, 2009

The Candid Frame┬áis one of my favorite photography podcasts (with associated blog). The host, the awesomely-named Ibarionex R. Perello,┬áinterviews highly-skilled photographers about the art, craft, and business of photography. Depending upon the interview, he and his guests break down the creative side of photography, talk about how careers have been made, or just swap tales […]


USAID Stove, Bilbala, Lasta, Ethiopia, June 2009

Published on June 19, 2009

A teapot simmers atop a stove made from a ‘USA Fortified Vegetable Oil’ container distributed by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). It if a very common to see bags of grain and containers of vegetable oil with USA written across them, both in shops and being reused in other contexts, as Ethiopia […]




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