Weekly Photo Challenge: Endurance

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Mantenga Cultural Village, Swaziland

Endurance is in culture. Culture may change during time but always a part of it will stay the same. These women and men are performing their old traditional dances in traditional outfits. Those parts of their swazi culture have endured for hundreds of years.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Adventure

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Swaziland

Africa itself is an adventure to me so I could say this is an adventure in an adventure. And this adventure I have taken twice! I’m talking about climbing to Sibebe. It’s the second biggest solid rock after Uluru (Ayers Rock). Unfortunatelyit dosen’t look as astonishing as Uluru because it’s coverd with dirt and rocks. But anyway I have taken the hike up there two times because the view is amazing. It takes two and half hours to climb up and two hours back. ThisĀ  photo is taken half way up. Yeah! Still one hour to go!

More adventures!

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The Ultimate African Experience

The Ultimate African Experience

Botswana
This photo might look a pit dull (because of a poor camera and low light) but the moment I took it was amazing. We were on a safari in Chobe National Park. In the evening when the sun had just gone down we came across of this herd of buffaloes. There were hundreds or maybe even a thousand buffaloes crossing a dry riverbed. Young ones and old ones all together. In that darkening night the ribbon of buffaloes continued as long as I could see. That alone was a mesmerising sight. But that alone wasn’t enought. The lions were also there. A pack of lions had killed a kudu and they were eating less than a hundred meters away from the buffaloes. One lion left the pack and moved closer to the buffaloes just to observe them. The lion was sitting there staring the buffaloes while we were sitting in a safari truck and staring her staring the buffaloes. The buffaloes went on and we had to return to the camp but that sight I will never forget.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Spring

Weekly Photo Challenge: Spring

Spring is something that most of the people living on this planet never experience. Only those living in Europe, North America or Northern parts of Asia really know what it’s like. 2008 and 2009 when I had been in Swaziland the spring (and especially May) ment tome that it was time to go home. This sunset picture is taken from the planes window.

Inspired by You (and Africa Of Course)

For this post I got inspired by Alison Nicholls who wrote about the circumstances how she became an artist (it’s story that includes Africa). Along with photographing I also love to paint and do different kind of art projects as my hobby. Many times my source of inspiration is Africa. Or it would be if I’d be able to get my art done. I have many ideas and I have done preparations for some projects but the actual painting or what ever the project requires awaits. I have been able to finish two paintings since 2009 but now I haven’t painted in three years. I would love to paint but some how I’m not able to start. When I just would get started I’m sure I would also get finished. So I need to work with that starting thing. But let’s get back to the inspiration.

In Africa a part of the inspiration comes from the nature and animals and a part comes from the people. But I’m also inspired by presumptions, visions and images that non-African people have about Africa. In my art as in my blog I want to shake those a little bit and open new perspectives. That’s why I would like you (if you are not African) to answer a question: What comes first to your mind when some one mentions Africa? If you are African please answer to this: To what kind of assumptions about Africa you have bumped into?

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Why Am I Blogging?

I started blogging just over two months ago for the first time in my life. Now I’m taking a part to the Zero to Hero -challenge for new bloggers. The first mission we got in that challengeĀ  is introducing ourselves. You can read a little bit about me and my relationship to my topic, Africa, from About Me -page. But let’s get back to the question at the topic. Why am I blogging?

That’s actually an easy question. I love and adore Africa and want to share my love to you but I also want to show all the different aspects of the continent. From the news we often see just conflicts from Africa. From TV we see documents about nature. From the internet we can read about violence and hunger. Sometimes we might get lucky and hear common people stories. In here I want to share with you all that: stories from everyday life, pictures of beautiful animals and sceeneries, problems and struggle, love and hope, pain and joy, beauty and trouble. I myself haven’t seen everything, I haven’t seen all the different faces of Africa, but I’m working on it and in the meanwhile I share those things I’ve already seen and experienced.

How do you think I’ve managed this far? I would love to get some feedback from you.