Sunday, January 20, 2008


Watermelons, watermelons everywhere.

In fact, I think I have eaten more watermelon in the last fortnight than in the past 20 years.

On a hot, dry, dusty day....mmmmmm.

More than the watermelon farms (they just seem to reproduce in enormous quantities near road checks, as at left) what you see are expansive fields of gourd farms. Hundreds of large orbs, waiting to fulfil their life as the "everything" tool and carrier. Water jugs, watering cans, shea butter containers (smelling rather rancid in the raw - a souvenir that was left in the hotel), cutters, signs, toys....

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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.