KENYA 64: ENCAMPMENT AT SHOMPOLE – AND, ALAS, BURNHAM’S COTTAGE CAFE IS NO MORE

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Maasai encampment below the towering slopes of Shompole volcano, on the Kenya-Tanzania border southwest of Lake Magadi; Aug 1980.

This is very hot, semiarid, thornbush country, in the floor of the rift valley in southern Kenya.  The great bluffs in the background are on the flanks of Shompole, one of the many volcanoes in the rift valley’s floor.

Scale is difficult to judge here, but there is a single, cloaked person, seen as a dark spot, standing near the left hand end of the encampment’s bare, brown earth.  Several low, pale-roofed huts can be seen, and the camp is enclosed by fences of cut thornbush, which serve to help keep the stock animals in – and their predators out – during the 12-hour equatorial nights.

With the eye of faith, some very thin, pale paths can be seen crossing the rocky ground (there is one near the prominent green tree in the foreground), and white spots below the camp’s right hand end may be cows or goats.

OM-1 with 75-150 Zuiko at 150mm; Agfa CT18 colour slide, rated at 64 ISO; Color Efex Pro 4.

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THE COTTAGE CAFE HAS CLOSED DOWN

Having waxed lyrical about visiting the Cottage Café in Burnham-On-Sea yesterday, we arrived there only to find that it has closed down.  This is very sad, because its Full English breakfasts surpassed all others I’ve tried – they were large of course, but the real thing was that they were so wonderfully tasty.

We did end up at another eatery in Burnham, The Somerset & Dorset, which is a pub at the end of the High Street, near the Morrisons supermarket, and this was excellent – but that can’t make up for the cafe’s demise.  Still, that’s how it is for businesses at the moment – tough, tough, tough!!!

But Winnie’s Bakery is still thriving and very tempting – certainly recommended!
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About Adrian Lewis
Photographer working in monochrome, colour and combinations of the two - with a great liking for all sorts of images, including Minimalism, landscapes, abstracts, soft colour, people, movement, nature - I like to be adventurous in my photography, trying new ideas and working in many genres. And I'm fond of Full English Breakfasts and Duvel golden ale, though not necessarily together.

4 Responses to KENYA 64: ENCAMPMENT AT SHOMPOLE – AND, ALAS, BURNHAM’S COTTAGE CAFE IS NO MORE

  1. Sonali Dalal says:

    Amazing composition!

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  2. Meanderer says:

    I love this; the vastness; the colour; the ruggedness; the emptiness. Wonderful.

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      I’m pleased that you like this, M, and I understand what you love here. Out in the dry thornbush country, and drier places too, the vastness and emptiness of the land were out of this world. I daresay this scene is the same now, except that the encampment may have moved elsewhere – and the inhabitants may well have mobile phones! Thank you for your good words. A

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