Sunday rain

A rainy Sunday morning, downtown Monrovia. Brother and sister linger, too shy for a picture. Finally gathering courage, they overcome their reluctance, flashing a smile to brighten an otherwise dismal day.

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rain in Monrovia

Crossing a rain-swollen intersection on Benson Street, a carpenter plods through floodwaters to deliver door-frames by cart. So far, the storms are mostly short-lived, but can drop a lot of rain quickly. If your timing is lucky, you can find shelter for several minutes until the worst of the storm has passed. If not, once you’re wet, you’re wet.

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road to Bopolu, Liberia

Along the road to Bopolu, little forest remains. Most has been cleared for plantations, or burned in the production of charcoal. Bopolu, Liberia.

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Gurley Street football

A goalie chills while waiting for close play. Gurley Street football makes creative use of water jugs and curbs to mark goal lines. Curbside goals let cars pass through the pitch. Cars and people on sidewalks beware the constant threat of getting beaned.

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Abueta

Please stand here, at the top of the stairs, where light spills softly over the wall. Looking toward the street, Abueta glows in the warm light.

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tropical color

Tropical color on a Sunday afternoon, Gurley Street, where boys gather for streetball, girls return from church, and men sit on the stoop of shuttered tailor shops in conversation. Monrovia, Liberia.

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portrait Liberia

Threading beads at Amazing Grace Beads, Rita takes a moment to allow for a portrait, her cornrows, one of the most prevalent hairstyles in Liberia. Paynesville, Liberia.

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no bad day

Pushing off. Fishermen coming back from the sea stop to sell fresh lobsters before heading to port. When “God is in control” there can be no bad day. Marshall City, Liberia.

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Special Forces

Mr. Special Forces. Special glasses. Special beret. Special stick on a string. And a special radio. Too bad the radio didn’t work. An agent of special attraction spotted walking the streets of Monrovia today. Liberia.

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Mamba Point sunset, Monrovia, Liberia

Rainy season clears the air of haze, making for some spectacular sunsets. Happy hour view from Wellington balcony, Monrovia, Liberia.

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