Inside Australia

Just after dawn

The sculptures glow

in the early sun.

We walk

tracing lines

from figure to figure

in the waterless lake

 

Lake Ballard, a salt lake in Western Australia’s Goldfields, is home to 51 metal figures sculpted by Antony Gormley. He’s perhaps most famous for The Angel of the North, a steel sculpture 20 metres high with a 54 metre wingspan, located in Gateshead in the North East of England.

http://www.antonygormley.com/projects/item-view/id/248

http://lakeballard.com/

The Angel of the North

http://lakeballard.com/about/antony-gormley-and-inside-australia/

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The Escarpment

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This is one of my favourite photos taken when I was community trekking some years ago in the western Meket area of  Ethiopia. It gives a sense of the immensity of the mountain ranges there. The tiny ‘hut’ on the edge of the precipice was a small ‘dining’ room. At about 3000 metres above sea level, we huddled  around a fire to keep out the chill of the mountain air, while eating a delicious vegetarian dinner.

The trek offered incredible views as we followed the escarpment edge and passed through the communities who hosted us in local guest houses . More than half of the cost of the trek goes to these local communities.

 

http://www.tesfatours.com/tour/community-trekking-in-wollo-lalibela/

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Windows on the World

 

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A stone house with a tin roof and maybe, one day, some glass windows.

Unguja Island, the largest island of the Zanzibar Archipelago, is according to Tripadvisor, a ‘breathtaking spot to escape the world’. And so it is. The East coast has beautiful white palmtree-lined beaches, a coral reef and warm waters. The tourists flock to the resorts, enjoy the watersports or laze by the pools, eat the gourmet food and drink bottled water. If it gets a little hot they turn on the air conditioning and or a fan. One can indeed escape.

In the sandy streets behind the beach, are many small villages where life is different. For them ‘escaping the world’ might mean something else.

But the right kind of tourism and development might mean that one day these kids get a decent education and one day perhaps a window with glass in it.

 

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