Archive for Swaziland

July 28, 2010 – Good-Bye Swaziland

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July 28, 2010
The last picture taken in the beloved country of Swaziland…a fern just outside the airport lit by the setting sun. Perhaps this lush green leave is a reminder of a rebirth that can emerge in this small, oft forgotten corner of the globe and may that transformation begin with Bulembu.

Farewell Swaziland. Inkhosi Ikubusise.

Sony DSLR-A100 | f5.61 | 1/50 | ISO400

*sorry for the delay in posting this post. I am finally getting caught up with my daily duties back home in Arizona.

July 26, 2010 – Another Smiley Face

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July 26, 2010Sony DSLR-A100 | f5.6 | 1/40 | ISO100

July 24, 2010 – A Friendly Smile

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July 24, 2010

Sony DSLR-A100 | f5.6 | 1/125 | ISO100

July 23, 2010 – Sunbeam from Heaven

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July 23, 2010

Sony DSLR-A100 | f32 | 1/25 | ISO100

July 22, 2010 – Morning Mist

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July 22, 2010

On the way into town center, I could not help by be taken by this beautiful scene this morning. It had rained the night before (the first rain since coming to Bulembu) and so with that, came this morning mist in the low lying areas.

Sony DSLR-A100 | f8 | 1/800 | ISO100

July 21, 2010 – Nearer my God to Thee

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July 21, 2010

I was doing some work just across the road from here when these children arrived from a school in a neighboring town for “sports day”. What first surprised me was how quiet and patient they were while they waited for their teacher to arrive. They were not running around, they were not loud, they were just sitting on the ground or standing waiting. The second they that delightfully intrigued me was that all of a sudden they broke out in song with the most beautiful voices of a choir. But it was not just that they were singing beautifully, it was what they were singing. I had a hard time recognizing the seemingly familiar tunes (they were singing is Seswhati – the native tongue of Swaziland) but I did recognize that they were hymns…most noticeably “Nearer my god to Thee”). I tell you, I felt blessed to have a free ticket and a front row seat to this choral outburst.

Sony DSLR-A100 | f5.6 | 1/125 | ISO100

July 20, 2010 – A Picture of Me

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July 20, 2010

You are right….it will be HARD to choose which photo to use for my day endeavor of this photo blog. Had several from some artistic shots that turned out well of some birds and local housing to a group of 5 to 13 years olds working on a banner to come back with me to “America”. I chose this one, however. This is a class of some of the older kids working on self-portraits.

Sony DSLR-A100 | f6.3 | 1/100 | ISO320

July 19, 2010 – Four!!!! … er…Moooo?

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July 19, 2010

They told me today that this was once a golf course. Now it is a pasture for the cows. In Bulembu, which do you think was the wise choice.

Actually, my tour guide today said that a lady from Canada recently told him that in Canada, they are turning farms into golf course. Here, they are turning golf courses into farms. Talk about a transformation!

Sony DSLR-A100 | f7.1 | 1/500 | ISO100

July 18, 2010 – Bulembu, Swaziland

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July 18, 2010

Bulembu from a distance

Sony DSLR-A100 | f6.3 | 1/320 | ISO100

July 17, 2010 – An Hug to Remember

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July 17, 2010

I did not mean, really, to post two close up faces consecutive days like this but in this case I could not help it…not so much because of the photo itself but because of the story that goes with it.

You see, as I and another lady were led on a walking tour of Malanda*, just outside Bulembu, there were these children working … or playing … or both. This little girl was the youngest (about 3 years old I would guess). I bent down to talk to her and complimented her on her nice jacket and somehow that inspired her to lift up her jacket to show off each of the 5 t-shirts – and belly button – she had on underneath.

Here is where this gets interesting. The tour guide continued to explain how the houses are constructed when suddenly I felt this little girl at my feet and as I looked down, she was giving me the biggest little hug that I have had for a while. She, of course, was only tall enough to reach my knees abd her head was snuggly nestled in my lap but she meant every affection she had.

A few moments later after we secured a little bonding time, she grabbed my and to lead me somewhere to do something (neither of which I could figure out) and then she was done. But for about five minutes, we were best friends – and she never uttered a single word.

Sony DSLR-A100 | f8.0 | 1/80 | ISO80

*Note: Malanda is a “village” of homesteads that make up Swaziland and a stark contrast to the transformation that is occurring in Bulembu itself.