An afternoon Orthodox service at the buried churches in Lalibela, Ethiopia w/ the Fuji X100.
UPDATE: Thanks for all your responses! After hearing from everyone from fellow fotogs to meteorologists… we’ve concluded this is a prime example of a Circumhorizontal Arc. Wikipedia explains it’s an ice-halo formed by plate shaped ice crystals in high level cirrus clouds. Apparently, a circumhorizontal arc can sometimes be an indicator of an earthquake in the very near future… one was seen just minutes before the Sichuan earthquake in Central China in 2008: Earthquake Lights.
A couple of days ago, Esther Havens and I were working in Gondar in Northern Ethiopia… we got out of the car and looked up to see
this incredible cloud structure overhead…
Time stood still as we sat there with eyes fixed upward, watching this irridescent orb slowly transform from one beauty to the next and
I remain in awe at this display of the mystique of His Splendor.
The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
Day after day they pour forth speech;
night after night they reveal knowledge.
They have no speech, they use no words;
no sound is heard from them.
Yet their voice goes out into all the earth,
their words to the ends of the world.
In the heavens God has pitched a tent for the sun.
Sorry to be posting the August desktop so late!! I have been on the run since I left Dallas on August 1st… I put together this month’s desktop on the plane but just haven’t taken a second to sit down and post it! It comes from Lake Langano, Ethiopia… A friend of mine got married when I was there in April so I took a few images around the area for him… this was one of ‘em!
I also added a size specifically catered to iPhone (any generation) this month… Enjoy!
After clicking the link below, right-click the image and choose “Save Image As”
Hey guys… the film we put together from my recent trip in Ethiopia is now online… Hope you enjoy, love to hear your thoughts!
Trent & Tabby Cox are veterinary missionaries in southwest Ethiopia with SIM (Serving in Mission) and CVM (Christian Veterinary Mission.)
This 6 minute piece shares about their work amongst these remote tribes over the last 9 years and also relays their vision to reach the last 3 people groups in SW Ethiopia with medical care and ultimately the Gospel.
Music by Griffin Kelp.
Here’s a couple more images from the Alduba area (with the Bunna people.) They are so rich with tradition and culture it’s amazing to try to take it all in. They are very hospitable, so much that we had many meals a day inside little huts because they insisted to feed us in celebration of the Easter holiday. The following two photographs were shot in the midst of our Easter celebration-meal, when the family of this mother and child invited into their home.
This child hung on the mother the entire time we were in the hut… dependent on her, almost part of her.
Tomorrow (at 5AM) I hop on a bus for an all-day (possibly 12 hours) solo bus ride to Gondar to see Lane Davis. Lane is a stellar photographer in Gondar right now working on a project called To Tell a Story (www.totellastory.org) check it out!
I’ll be documenting this adventure up north and really don’t know what to expect! All I know is the bus was much cheaper than the flight, I’ll be crossing the Nile River in a bus and I speak zero Amharic. I can just hear my Dad… ”Son, why would you do that?”
TK McKamy, who was with me on the trip has started posted some stuff so check it out at http://www.tkmckamy.com/blog!
I don’t expect to have internet til I begin my journey home the 19th! Checking out til the 20th… hope you are all well -
I can’t believe I have been here in Ethiopia two and a half weeks and have basically posted nothing to my blog. Internet access has been sketch if at all…
I’m sitting down at a little cafe in Addis called the LimeTree and actually have some time to write and post images.
I really don’t know which images/stories to post first… We left Addis the
March 26th we met up with Trent Cox at the airport in Arba Minch and then drove nearly 6 hours on bush roads into Alduba, where he lives with his wife Tabby and family.
The next day we embarked on a 5 day journey around southwest Ethiopia. First we went to Hana which was an all-day journey on muddy trails they call roads…
In Hana, we ate at pretty much the only place in town, and it’s called the Obama Cafe. It was amazing to see the influx of Obama related places/products in these areas… one dude was evening wearing Barack Obama underwear. WHAT?! I have a shot of it but can’t find it at the moment… will post that one later.
Along the road we went through tons of rivers and mud and stuff so I thought it would be cool to mount my new little waterproof Casio to the front of the cruiser… we got some awesome footage with this thing.
The main tribe in Hana is Bode. They’re one of several tribes that take stick fighting very seriously… not only for sport but also to settle disputes between men. Our guard, Barkathule, gave me a quick lesson on how to stick fight… it’s incredible how fast he was! TK shot some video but I can’t upload it now.
We did a ton of shooting along the road and TK got some awesome steadicam stuff hanging off the side and on top of our cruiser.
We took the chopper into some pretty crazy areas and went in with a vet doctor that was providing medical care for the cattle. These are pastoralist communities and their well-being and livelihood is directly related to their cattle so this a fantastic mission and is a great doorway into these remote tribes.
AK’s are everywhere. Ethiopia is surrounded by war torn countries and conflict zones… many of their weapons have been picked up by traders and sold at very low costs… although the weapons themselves have been distributed at incredibly low costs the cost of each bullet is nearly $1.50 US in some areas.
Sorry this post is so scatter-brained!! I am hoping to have internet tomorrow but want to make sure I get this updated in case I don’t… thanks for all your prayers! Look for a ton more soon.