Saturday, July 30, 2011

Goree Bourgainvillea

two children sharing a meal on Goree Island, Senegal

the bourgainvillea all over the island

Goree Island's cove


artists displaying their work on Goree Island


the island's colors are always so vivid with its painted walls and bougainvillea


the Atlantic Ocean crashing against Dakar's volcanic rocks

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Hello, donkey! Hello, pelicans! Hello, white flamingo?!

 Hello, donkey, the rains must feel like a wonderful break from the heat
Palmarin, Senegal

 The leader of a herd

A flamingo coming to say hi
[I (re)learned that eating shrimp makes flamingos pink]

 Hello, pelicans!

 les oiseaux

And here is what a white flamingo looks like.  
Strange how it makes you want to feed it shrimp, lots of shrimp,
to make it a dazzling pink

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Snapshots from the road

 a woman carrying her sleeping daughter
Rufisque, Senegal


Street vendors.   You can buy anything off the street.  
Things I've bought: Winter hats, footballs, peanuts, stickers
mangos, oranges, get the idea

Hanging out


the Senegalese men all wear these black caps with a pom-pom
no matter how hot it is outside

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Light through the Storm

after the first storm of the rainy season, the sun reminded us she was there
Palmarin, Senegal

 the calm before the storm in Palmarin

Palmarin's lagoon

 the mighty Baobab tree

calm after the storm

the light on our Baobab treehouse

Thursday, July 21, 2011

A Lagoon House Option!

 If you decided a Baobab tree house isn't for you, you can stay in a house on the lagoon
Les Lodges des Collines de Niassam - Palmarin, Senegal

 the lagoon houses

you can kayak right from your lagoon dock

graineries in Palmarin

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

A Dirt Road, a Cattle Herder, and a Fire Tree

the most beautiful dirt road I've ever seen  (I've learned to appreciate a good road, 
especially in West Africa where the dirt roads are better than the paved roads)
between Joal and Palmarin, Senegal

a lonely cattle herder near Palmarin

 who decided to say hi
 leaving the last village before Palmarin

the most adorable little yellow birds would quickly land on this thorned tree

this tree is known locally as the fire tree for its wild burst of red

Saturday, July 2, 2011

A Lagoon in Palmarin

Palmarin, Senegal

 graineries on the lagoon in Palmarin with the remnants of the rainy season's first storm

a tiny island with two houses on the lagoon in Palmarin


The most adorable, little yellow birds lived in these awesome nests

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