Tag Archives: Rwanda

Weekly Photo Challenge: Unexpected

27 Nov

This photo is of something I was not expecting. During my recent trip to Rwanda, this gorgeous leaf formation caught my eye. I had never seen anything quite like it. It was a striking burst of color on an otherwise fairly bare branch. When I asked someone what it was, I was surprised to discover that it was a poinsettia, and that poinsettias can grow into small trees up to about 10 feet in height. I had no idea, because to my untrained eye this looks nothing like the potted poinsettias that abound at Christmastime (except perhaps for the red leaves). I’ll take the tree!

So an unexpected encounter led to an unexpected discovery — and I couldn’t be more delighted. The red leaves are called brachts; the actual poinsettia flowers are tiny and yellow.

Postcard from Rwanda: Countryside

16 Nov

In my previous post about Rwanda, I mentioned that it is called the land of a thousand hills, but in reality, it is more like the land of 10,000 hills–or so it appears when visiting the northern part of the country. As far as the eye can see, there are green, rolling hills–almost all of them carefully terraced. Banana trees are a common feature, and in many valleys, there are rice paddies with strategically placed scarecrows to defend the plots against avian intruders. Bicycle transport demonstrates that ingenuity is born of necessity, and balancing skills of any kind go a long way.

   

Postcard from Rwanda: Kigali

12 Nov

Apologies for the silence; I was away for work. But I was lucky enough to be in a gorgeous country–Rwanda, the land of a thousand hills. I had known about its tragic past (visiting the Kigali Genocide Memorial is a sobering experience), but had not realized how hilly and beautiful it was. The verdant landscape and vibrant colors were a pleasure to behold. And the capital city, Kigali, was  bustling, with motorcycle taxis taking passengers to and fro.  The photos below are from street level, from the unfinished top of the Kigali City Tower, and from the vantage point of a hill on the outskirts of the capital, from which we were able to observe striking clouds at dusk, some dumping rain over far parts of the city.