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From Brian Barratt's photograph album

Well, not so much an album as dozens of boxes containing about 2,000 slides. Here is a small selection, taken in the 1960s. They aren't photographic masterpieces but I hope they convey something of the feeling of Africa. These are small reproductions, scanned at low resolution so that I could squeeze a reasonable number into the page, OK?

Please let me know what you think of all this!

 

Kafue Gorge, near Kitwe, wasn't the ideal picnic spot, but it was wonderful for clambering around and adventure. The rock formations were like something from another world.

 

       

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Termite mounds were equally spectacular.

Victoria Falls, Mosi-oa tunya, 'The smoke that thunders', is one of the great natural wonders of the world. I went there twice: in 1953 soon after arriving in Africa and in 1968 just before leaving. It's very difficult to photograph, because of the way the water plunges into the deep (over twice as deep as Niagara) winding canyon, over a mile in width. You have to take photos from whatever vantage point you can. These are some of my many attempts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The sound of the water is deafening.

The air is filled with clouds of spray during the wet season. 

The smoke that thunders. When David Livingstone first saw the Falls, he spoke of "scenes which angels gaze upon in their flight" (I've probably misquoted, but you get the idea).

 

But above the falls, the mighty Zambezi shows little sign of what is ahead, apart from the rising spray.

 

 

Dawn on the Kitwe–Ndola road was very much more peaceful. Morning mist combined with smoke indicates that something lies ahead...

A charcoal burner is quietly at work.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And as the sun rises, women are off to market.

Meanwhile, a less friendly lady waits to welcome unsuspecting visitors for breakfast.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A friend in Kitwe had a pet spider (yes, he had gone a bit troppo), until it bit him. Here it is, for your delectation. The coin is roughly the size of an Australian ten cent piece or an old British shilling. Or it might have been just the size of a five cent coin or old sixpence. Nevertheless, it's by no means one the largest spiders I met.

Chameleons are somewhat less threatening and dangerous, and really quite remarkable.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other curious small beings are inevitably around  when the circus comes to town.

 

This page is an experiment. I might change the pictures later or I might delete the page to make room for more activities for gifted children and their teachers.

I've had some lovely comments about this first page, thank you. I've taken a couple of pics off and  added another small selection. Clicky below.

Brian, May 2005

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