1. Mozambique Teaching in Mozambique

    A picture of me with some of my students on my last day of teaching in Inharrime, Mozambique.  I love and miss those kids so very much!

  2. Gabon Flames of Peace

    The dry season is savanna-burning time. These kids, in the village of Nkoka in southern Gabon, playing at being daredevils, take turns leaping over the flames in their flip-flops and tattered clothing. When they see me take out my camera to capture the scene, they run toward me, and one of the boys raises his hand in a salute to Peace.

  3. Gabon For Your Birding Needs

    Peanut Butter the cat takes her birding seriously, and spends as much time as she can studying their habitats, calls, and plumage (so she will know what she's eating!)

  4. Gabon Cythar Sparks

    Papa Nzengui, a celebrated Gabonese cythar player, strikes a chord as sparks fly from a village fire- making it seem like magic is rising up with the music as he plays.

  5. Gabon Men at Work?

    This is a photo of the fuel station in Mayumba, during working hours. And it's not an unusual sight. In Mayumba, a town of about 3000 people, there are only two taxis and less than ten private cars. Once the bush taxis leave for the day, there's not much for the pump attendants to do... People around here joke that, at midday, you could take a nap on the street and be perfectly safe.  Indeed, I have seen a drunk man or two do just that. 

  6. Gabon Loumboulenga

    I took this photo during an environmental education tour around the Banio Lagoon villages, south of Mayumba, Gabon. This grandmother and her granddaughter allowed me to take their portrait in front of the bamboo cooking shack. It is my favorite photo of my entire stay in Gabon because her eyes seem to communicate the endurance a woman needs to survive village life. I imagine that I see the little girl's future - hope and innocence transformed into weariness and pride - in the old woman's eyes.

  7. Senegal Rice Harvest

    This are women during the rice harvest in my village in southern Senegal.

  8. Gabon International Highway

    You won't see this anymore if you are a Peace Corps volunteer. A PCV on a motorcycle. That's me on 50cc Honda. It was slow but it got me around. Peace Corps stopped giving them to volunteers due to all the injuries associated with them. I had my father order me motorcycle parts and a repair manual to get it going.  Future volunteers, I would suggest you learn bicycle repair skills. They could come in handy for yourself and others.

  9. Gabon Travel overland in Gabon

    June 16th, 1980    The African Experience: You asked for it, 24 hours later.  Well, it all started on a Monday misty morning. There I was up bright and early at 6:15 AM, waiting, waiting, waiting......until noon .  Why the delay? The driver is going all over town(Oyem) picking up riders going to Libreville and wanting to maximize profits, he is now waiting for more riders. We can't leave until the van is full.  Oh well, a late start but I am grateful that we are finally moving.  To my left an...

  10. Namibia My New Best Friend

    Once a year, the clinic I volunteered at provided inoculations for polio.  This brought people out from deep in the bush, that I normally would never meet.  When this little girl came into the clinic, I knew immediately, she had Downs' Syndrome.  None of the health professionals at my clinic recognized or knew what it was.  She and I bonded immediately.  She giggled and laughed as she sat on my lap waiting for her injection.  People from the community treated her differently because of the wa...

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“Sunset at the Railroad” by PCV Nicholas Baylor Hall. Namibia, 2011.