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Farms between Kisumu and Kakamega in the lush and fertile, far west of Kenya; April 1979.

This western part of Kenya lies just to the east of Lake Victoria, and benefits from the big storms that form over the lake and then drift eastwards, bringing plentiful rain.  Add all this water to fertile soils and high, year-round temperatures, and this is wonderfully productive farming country.  But on the downside there is malaria here, and this is where it first got its claws into me.

The tall plants in the foreground are bananas – there were many varieties of bananas of all sizes and colours here, including simply delicious ones used for cooking.  It may be more a dish from Uganda, but I simply adored cooked banana – matoke, I think it was called – with groundnut sauce.

Some of the local people can just be seen, up to the left of the two houses with metal roofs in the foreground.

Technique: OM-1 with 28mm Zuiko lens; Agfa CT18 colour slide, rated at 64 ISO; Lightroom.

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.


  1. bluebrightly says:

    What lush countryside! Enlarged, the characteristic banana shape is clear. Too bad about the malaria, but the matoke sounds delish – the groundnut sauce is like a peanut sauce, right? Fried bananas (plantains) are easy to find in New York, where there are so many people from the Caribbean. But I’ve never seen them with a groundnut sauce.


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Yes, something like a peanut sauce – I can remember having three helpings at a meal, and then having to helped to an armchair! Interesting really, I love fruit and vegetables, and think this derives from my time in Kenya, where the fresh produce was simply glorious, as were the curries – had I spent my life in the UK I’d probably be a ready meal or burger addict!!! Am making a post with further SEP2 presets. 🙂

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  2. Oh, how green—not at all my (ignorant) imagination of Africa. Thanks for the beautiful edification. So glad your malaria is gone.


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Thank you, Linda – yes, much of Africa is green, it has a bit of everything – even snow on its highest mountains. And it is the only continent that extends from the subtropics in the north (the Mediterranean coast) to those of the south (South Africa). A 🙂

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  3. Aside from the malaria, another stunning shot! 💚


  4. paula graham says:

    That looks lush and fertile indeed. What a country, the riches amazing and yet…


  5. Meanderer says:

    Wow – that is lush. Like Wales in Africa 🙂 Mind you, we’re not getting much rain in our part of Wales – it’s getting on for a 2 month drought – apart from a couple of very light showers. Our grass is browning and the pond level has dropped several inches.


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Yes, a wonderfully fertile place, a real farmer’s dream. Sorry to hear about your drought – did you not benefit from storm Hector today? I lived in Swansea, albeit years ago, and for a Bristol boy that was certainly wetter than wet! 🙂

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      • Meanderer says:

        We had a little light rain – enough to dampen the plots a little. We have the same this morning – very light spits and spots. The established plants are doing fine – I have no idea how the strawberries are managing to thrive and be so productive (they were one of the many wonderful plants grown in the garden by the previous owner) 🙂

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