Thursday, November 20, 2014

Malawi in September 2014

During our trip in Malawi continued to travel North as we wanted to see Lake Malawi.  We crossed some steep mountains and the baboons were there to greet us.  We snapped this little guy as he was posing for us.  As we topped the mountain, they baboons were just running all over the mountainside and the roadways.  They obviously had been fed before as they were begging for handouts!
 As we topped the mountain, we could see blue through the trees.  Elder Bingham just had to stop and get out his binoculars to see if we were really seeing the Lake.  Seemed we had been driving for a long time so we were very excited to see "Blue Waters!"
 Just a shot of Sister Bingham as we drove up the mountain to get where we could get close to Lake Malawi.
 Elder Bingham couldn't resist throwing a piece of banana to this little baboon.  He didn't waste time with it and knew exactly what he wanted to do with it -- stuff it in his mouth!
 What a beautiful sight as we dropped out of the mountains and Lake Malawi was in view, as well as the native villages.
 Fishing is the main industry in this area.  Fishermen go out in their little dugout canoes to fish. When they bring in their catch, they spread them out on the drying racks in the sun.  Capenta (dried fish) is a real treat to all of the people in Zambia and Malawi.  They mix it with their relish of tomatoes, onions, greens, to be eaten with their nshima.  
 We drove down this little road by the lake and back behind these children is a port where big ships come in to bring fuel.  Quite a contrast where the big ships come in, yet right beside them are the fishermen in their dugout canoes.  We stopped to take some pictures of the drying capenta and the lake and these two children were coming from school.  They came right up to us so I asked if I could take their picture.  They shook their heads "yes" so I was happy to oblige.  After I took the picture, I showed them their picture and they just giggled and laughed.  They turned and ran away giggling all the way.  They were a real delight!
 Just a little pool off from the lake.  Such a peaceful scene.  It was difficult to get right up to the lake as homes were all along the shoreline.  These people make their living by the lake.
 Small little mud houses with thatched roofs dotted the shoreline.  Really gave us the feeling that we were visiting another time and place.  Things have been much the same for probably hundreds of years.
 As we left the Lake, we got into plantations of bluegum trees, rubber trees, and evergreen trees that they log out.  Piles of lumber dryng dot the roadside.
 In the upper left hand corner you can see a roughly made tent.  Workers make tents out of whatever they can get their hands on and they stay right on site of the piles of lumber to prevent theft. 
 We stopped in a grove of trees for a picture.  Was a very peaceful spot.  These are evergreen trees and the bed of needles on the ground was very thick.  If there was a fire, it would go up quickly.
 Tree plantation.  These tree plantations are not native to Malawi but the country gives living proof that if trees are planted and taken care of, they will thrive.  So much of the country has been razed of the trees as the people cut them down and make charcoal to burn for their cooking.
We were very impressed at the conservation of the companies who have the tree plantations.  When a field has been harvested, they then go in and replant so the forest will continue.