We Do Photocopy Here

"We do photocopy here."

I really love this photo, which I took at the University of Liberia in Monrovia in February, 2008.  I love it because it of the sheer entrepreneurial spirit that you often witness in post-conflict societies.

The photocopy entrepreneur was not there on that day, but you can bet your bottom dollar that students on campus knew when s/he would be there to provide the services they needed.  Although I have always wondered whether it was possible that the photocopier somehow managed to bring a photocopy machine to this spot by the electric pole.  What do YOU think?

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Express Yourself.”

Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated

Woman harvesting rice in the Kathmandu Valley, Nepal
Woman harvesting rice in the Kathmandu Valley, Nepal

I took this photo last week in the Kathmandu Valley, near the village of Palubari, in Nepal.  The monsoon season has just ended in Nepal, so the colors of the vegetation are especially vibrant right now.  And the people of Nepal are always vibrant, both in their personalities and their dress.


Palubari took its name for the ginger that was once grown here, but this area in the eastern end of the Kathmandu Valley is fertile enough to grow rice, maize (corn), wheat, potatoes and many other vegetable crops.


The corn crops have been harvested already, the cobs and kernels drying in the sun along the roads that run through the valley.

Corn drying in the sun.
Corn drying in the sun.

Now the rice crop must be brought in.  All the harvesting is done by hand (you can see the scythe in the hand of the woman in the first picture).  It is hard, labor intensive work and it must all be done before the major festivals next month of Dashain and Tihar.


This post is a response to the Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated.

Weekly Photo Challenge: An Unusual POV

Photo taken from ground level at sunset.

The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge this week calls for photos that show an unusual perspective on a subject.  I chose a fairly traditional subject – a flagpole -and experimented with several different points of view.  Enjoy!

Close-up photo taken in early afternoon.
A more conventional point of view.