Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Donkeys & Cattle

Animals, animals, everywhere.

Certainly here they are working animals: pets are rare. (Once, in Tombouctou, I saw a family of cats on the roof in a hotel courtyard. They slyly avoided photographic evidence.)

While African Ankole breed of cattle are generally found more to the south, even here you can see the impact of American Holsteins taking over. (A rather controversial situation - see New York Times magazine January 27, 07 for more info.)

The cattle market was abuzz with action; donkeys are everywhere pulling their weight...and then some.

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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.