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Fabulous. Every now and again we have a jewel!!!! FD On 6 Dec, 2010, at 21:09, John Beeching wrote: > Dear All, > > This summer I spent four weeks in Colombia, one week working and the > remainder visiting the extended family or travelling with my immediate > family - wife, eight year old son and father-in-law. Photographic > opportunities were not abundant as security concerns restrict the kind of > street photography I normally do. However, in Amazonas we were able to be > a > bit freer. As a plant scientis,t with research interests in cassava, I was > delighted to come across the local production of farinha. Of more general > interest, we were invited by an indian community leader, Gustavo, to visit > his maloca in the forest. Getting there was quite an adventure as our > driver dropped us where the 4x4 could get no further and we had to wait for > a guide to lead us through to the maloca - an enormous communal house in a > clearing. There after being refreshed with some home made chicha we were > taken to the river, during the walk Gustavo waxed lyrical about plants, the > indian's relationship with nature and the destructive nature of the white > man - in his enthusiasm he kept slipping out of Spanish into his own > language, which made it difficult to follow. In the river Gustavo and I > sat > up to our necks in the water sorting the world's problems out while my > little boy swam with his grand-daughter. Back at the Maloca we were > offered > his powdered tobacco (snuff) blown up our nostrils through a bone tube, I > reciprocated by blowing it up Gustavo's - my son did not like it. Then we > each had a spoonful of powdered coca leaves with ash, by which time lunch > was ready - grilled fish wrapped in banana leaves and plantains, > accompanied > with cassava bread, all washed down with home-made lemonade. While the > food > was delicious, my father in law and I drank out of politeness, my son out > of > thirst, but my wife did not; wisely, as 24 hours later the men were rather > unwell! > > http://www.johnbeeching.com/maloca/album/index.html > > The photos: 35mm, Tri-X, Xtol. C & C welcome. > > I am always slightly amused when I read on this forum enquiries about what > equipment to take on travels: How many bodies? Lenses? Digital and film? > Tripod? Etc.? More often than not I just take my M6 with the 35mm > Summicron in a bum-bag (fanny-bag) round my waist - light, secure and > inconspicuous, and no back problems! > > Yours, > > John > > -- > John Beeching > http://johnbeeching.com/ > Three Frome Artists: http://www.blurb.com/books/1395201 > > _______________________________________________ > Leica Users Group.