Monthly Archives: March 2017

flora and fauna, Sapo National Park, Liberia

We could hear a rustling in the leaves high above our heads, the thick canopy hiding whatever activity was capturing our curiosity. The soft trill and chirping indicated to Thomas that this was a troop of Diana monkeys feeding through … Continue reading

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night, Sapo National Park, Liberia

Darkness has barely settled over the forest, the last of the hornbills crying above the deep shadows. A cricket chorus keeps the encroaching night silence at bay while katydids add a whirr like squeaking tricycles high in the treetops. A … Continue reading

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rain, Sapo National Park, Liberia

A drop on my arm. A tap among leaves. Beneath the forest crown, flashes of light drop from the sky, shooting stars streaking from the canopy, popping, slapping to mist in the vegetation. A shshsh of apprehension grows with intensity … Continue reading

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visit to Sapo National Park, Liberia

A trek in one of the most remote and unspoiled rainforests in West Africa takes careful planning. Lisa and I made a plan to spend three days hiking beneath the canopy of the towering tropical rainforest in Sapo National Park. The … Continue reading

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Humpback whale

The thump under the boat focussed attention, a not-so-subtle reminder that we were at least eight miles from land. To the east,  or what I thought was east in a featureless ocean, no rocks, no land whatsoever that might resemble Mamba … Continue reading

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Bobby, Arthington, Liberia

Bobby. Works the small pig farm for the town of Arthington, Liberia. Tends a beautiful garden of peppers, bitterball, eggplants, pineapples. Proud of what he has made of his life. A soul connected.

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Decoration Day, Arthington, Liberia

March 8, 2016  The second Wednesday of March is a National Holiday, Decoration Day, to spend with those who have left this world. Lisa and I made a plan to celebrate this day in Arthington, a small town in Montserrado … Continue reading

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Massaquoi School, Monrovia, Liberia

Nathaniel Varney Massaquoi School, built in the 1970’s, reopened to students in February of 2015 after being converted to an Ebola Treatment Unit for suspected Ebola victims. Massaquoi School is the only public elementary and middle school in West Point, … Continue reading

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