Sunday, January 20, 2008


What a surprise after the dusty hiking to find a sudden expanse of green at the top of the escarpment.

Onions are one of the largest crops in Mali, and this small valley is farmed by a women's cooperative. What's important to note is that in most areas, the water is all carried in large gourds, and then spread out over the crops. Not a lot of irrigation ditches.

The last two pictures are of millet, which is a grain you find everywhere. In every town along the route, in tiny hamlets along the river, invariably you'd see women pounding the millet in these containers. (No, never men.)

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An inveterate traveler, who has explored all seven continents, Neil centres his freelance writing today on travel.
Published work includes travel writing in The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star, The Buffalo News, Travel Scoop and The Wonderful World of Budget Travel. Featured destinations include: Toronto, Ontario; Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario; Amsterdam, Netherlands; Qufu, China; Oaxaca, Mexico; Jersey, Channel Islands; Trans-Siberian Express.
Neil’s photography focuses on finding images of the worlds he visits that capture the essence of “place”. Whether photographing landscapes, archaeological sites or locals, the goal is to make a picture emotive of what brought one there.
Photography has been published in Camera Canada, Foto Flash, Minolta Mirror and travel publications, as well as displayed at gallery exhibits in Toronto.