Self Portrait on the Trail, Dera Ethiopia
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Monday, May 27, 2013
Outside the gate and in the light, Jima’s bus station doesn't look so bad. But you're likely to only interact with this place in the morning hours where you’d rather be anywhere else, fighting your way through a crowd for something greater than a bus seat.
There are few places that I have dreaded going to within Ethiopia but bus stations make up the majority of them. Jima’s bus station in particular is a difficult bus station to like because – for me- it represents the approaching, groggy hour of having to wake up before sunrise, haul baggage down a dusty or muddy road, a long wait in a crowded and poorly lit area until the station’s gate opens, and, when that gate opens, preparing for the rush of flying elbows and baggage of people aiming to get through inflexible gate posts.
If you're traveling by bus and taking public transport to/from Central Ethiopia and Ethiopia's Southwest, you'll likely be passing through here.
Justin Bieber's painted portrait seems to like the avocado juice served in Jima’s bus station cafe.
Monday, May 20, 2013
Man climbs Millettia ferruginea to check on seed maturity
Exploding pods releasing seeds of fish poison? This is Millettia ferruginea. In Ethiopia, people refer to it as birbirra. Millettia ferruginea is endemic to Ethiopia and Ethiopians have known for some time that its seeds (when crushed and dumped upstream in a river) can stun or kill a lot of fish at one time. Another interesting fact about Millettia ferruginea is that when its seed pods have dried, they blow apart and send their seeds flying.
Exploded seed pod and immature seed pod of Millettia ferruginea
But this tree has other benefits besides. Agroforestry practices have pegged Millettia ferruginea as a tree providing animal fodder, firewood (the dried pods burn just as well), charcoal, posts for construction or fences, mulch, nitrogen for the soil, shade for coffee, and beauty.
A Selection of Ethiopia's Indigenous Trees: Biology, Uses and Propagation Techniques - Legesse Negash
Saturday, May 18, 2013
Demolition by hand and hammer, Addis Ababa
Condominiums as far as the eye can see in Hayaat, Addis Ababa
Demolition and construction are common sights in Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa. Shops are being torn down and new roads, water ways, condominiums, train rails, and bigger businesses are opening up. What will Addis Ababa look like in 10 years?
Monday, May 13, 2013
The Flower of Rosa Abyssinica
Rosa Abyssinica in Addis Ababa
Useful Trees and Shrubs of Ethiopia: Identification, Propagation and Management for 17 Agroclimatic Zones - Azene Bekele-Tesemma
Saturday, May 11, 2013
Monday, April 22, 2013
Outside a bus window, livestock on the road presents itself as a sea of cows.
It doesn't matter if you're in a large city (including the capital, Addis Ababa) or rural village, animals will be on the road. What better, more established route can a herd take?