fishing canoes off Mamba Point, Liberia

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Fishermen return to West Point in Monrovia, following the coastline of Liberia past Mamba Point. Most of the returning fishermen have been out overnight, some possibly more than one night.

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crossing Gurley Street, Monrovia

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Before the bell. Gbargna, Bong County, Liberia.

Students gather before classes begin at the Salvation Army Paul A. Rader School, Bong County.

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Lofa County, Liberia

Lofa County is the northernmost point in Liberia, sharing a border with Sierra Leone and Guinea. As of 2008 census the county of 9900 square kilometers had a population of more than 276,000. Rice, cassava, cocoa and sugarcane are the most common agricultural products. Logging is big industry as forests are being harvested for large trees in addition to the slash and burn practice of clear-cutting for agriculture.

Curiosity of white-man draws little people of a rural village to approach, with caution.

Curiosity of white-man draws little people of a rural village to approach, with caution.

A young woman in Foya market with a variation on the cornrow style. Foya lies near the border with Sierra Leone and Guinea, in Lofa County.

A young woman in Foya market with a variation on the cornrow style. Foya lies near the border with Sierra Leone and Guinea, in Lofa County.

Five girls in a rural village in Lofa County.

Five girls in a rural village in Lofa County.

Blacksmith hammering a knife-blade to shape.

Blacksmith hammering a knife-blade to shape.

A blacksmith shapes knives and farm implements into shape.

A blacksmith shapes knives and farm implements in his outdoor shop.

An overturned truck blocks the road in Zorzor District, Lofa County. Fortunately, no one was seriously injured.

An overturned truck blocks the road in Zorzor District, Lofa County. Fortunately, no one was seriously injured.

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Bong County, Liberia

The road to nowhere. A newly “completed” road from Kpatawee Falls, approximately two kilometers to the site of an aborted hydro-electric project, carves through a remnant of Upper Guinean rainforest. The road follows the Mein River past the upper falls of Kpatawee. Bong County, Liberia.

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Sunbirds of Mamba Point, Monrovia, Liberia

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Green-headed sunbird, Cyanomitra verticalis, refracts a bluish color at certain angles of reflection.

Copper sunbird, Cinnyris cuprea.

Copper sunbird, Cinnyris cupreus.

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Olive-bellied sunbird, Cinnyris chloropygius.

Copper sunbird, Cinnyris cupreus, perched on a roll of wire.

Copper sunbird, Cinnyris cupreus, perched on a roll of wire.

 

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Queen at the Ducor Hotel

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Bentol, Liberia

Sistahz. Walking on a seldom-used road on the edge of Bentol, aka Bensonville, Liberia.

Sistahz. Walking on a seldom-used road on the edge of Bentol, aka Bensonville, Liberia.

African Jacana crosses a shallow lake in Bentol, Liberia.

African Jacana, Actophilornis africana, crosses a shallow lake in Bentol, Liberia.

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Straw-colored fruit bat, skull

Straw-colored fruit bat, Eidolon helvum

Straw-colored fruit bat, Eidolon helvum

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flash flood, Benson Street

Monrovia, Liberia. Heavy rain collects on Benson Street, making pedestrian travel a challenge.

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