As you drive to the top of Addis’ Mount Entoto, you see women of all ages walking down the mountain carrying enormous bundles of eucalyptus branches strapped to their backs weighing 65 to 85 pounds. They carry the bundles 18 to 20 miles down the mountain (having already walked from wherever they live up the mountain) to markets in Addis where they are sold for fuel.

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A nun and her friend (?) pose in front of an Ethiopian Orthodox church in Alga. When she saw me taking photos of the church she beckoned, and let me take her photo, but not before spending about five minutes straightening out her clothes and fixing herself up (with her friend’s help). It was very sweet.

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Herding cattle along the road from Arba Minch to Key Afer /Jinka. When their carts are empty they stand; once full, they sit atop whatever loads they are carrying.

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A potter in the village of Alga. She has no tools, no wheel and no kiln. She made everything by hand using her might and the sun.

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Kids in the trees on the banks on Lake Abaya. Along the road from Shashemene to Arba Minch.

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A member of the Konso tribe, who are often seen wearing this type of homemade skirt, in Konso.

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I stopped along the road from Shashemene to Soddo in Aje to take photos of the giant cacti and out of nowhere, one villager after another began to appear. Suddenly I was completely surrounded by 25 or 30 of these beautifully, super colorfully dressed people who spoke no English but were babbling at me non stop, and in the presence of the giant super green cacti, is was all so surreal. These were just the first few people to arrive.

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Goofing around in Alga.

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A priest inside the 13th century cave church and monastery, the Church of Nakuto La’ab, located just east of Lalibela, shares religious artifacts from the same time period.

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One of the faithful outside Biete Medhane Alem (House of the Saviour of the World), built in the late 12th or early 13th century AD, is one of eleven monolithic churches in Lalibela and believed to be the largest monolithic church in the world. It is referred to as the “Eighth Wonder of the World.”

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I was walking through these tiny streets in Lalibela and stopped to take a photo of the woman on the left and her child. When the woman on the right saw me, she asked me to take her photo too, but before allowing me to photograph her, she pulled her large, beautiful necklace out from under her dress to make sure it I captured it in the photograph.

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Working it. In a small village just east of Lalibela.

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