Sunday, February 10, 2008

The colors of Africa

One of the most visually memorable things about Africa was the colors - the colors of buildings along the roadsides and the colorful clothing people wore. These bright colors were often a sharp contrast to the sometimes drab browns and greens of the surrounding land. Here are a few pictures that hopefully capture this...

Oh, and don't forget, since blogger seems to wash-out the color of these thumbnail images, click on the images to see a more accurate and brighter color scheme. I really need to figure out how to fix this.

This first picture was of a tourist shop and viewing area atop the edge of the Great Rift Valley. Various colored Maasai blankets were for sale, along with some animal skins. As can be seen in some of the later pictures, the Maasai people wear the blankets as a sort of wrap around their body.

The following are a few snapshots I took from the daladala (minivan) while we were on the road.

Note the Glorious Hair Saloon!

I thought these next two people were particularly interesting looking.

This last one was a good representation of how often you'd be riding along in the middle of nowhere and see a bright red spot off in the distance with a bunch of cows or goats nearby. It was always easy to spot the Maasai herder.