The Greening

When I first arrived in Malawi in September, it was nearing the end of the dry season. There had been almost no rain for six months, and the ground was dusty and dry, hard and hot. I’ve written previously about the rains, and now as I approach the end of my time here, they are already on the wane. But they have transformed the landscape. Ground which I thought was hard and barren has proved its fecundity by shooting forth exuberant explosions of plant life. Brown roadsides are now wild and untamed with all shades of green, all shapes of leaf. The landscape from a distance looks soft and springy and inviting. Maize erupts from the ground with astonishing speed, and will feed the country for the next year. Ironically, despite all this fertility and life, January and February are the so-called “hungry months”, as last year’s stores are used up, and the current crop is not yet ready for harvesting. The country is green and beautiful, and below I’ve put some photos up which I hope will show this. There are lots of photos – don’t get bored. (If you click on the smaller photos I think you should see bigger versions of them.)

First up – the Maize fields!

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September 2008
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21 Dec – at Rob’s guard’s field 
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22 December
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Maize, maize, glorious maize!
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8 January 2009
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Life springs forth from the fields.

the Roadside – shot mostly from moving cars

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September 2008
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Always such neat piles!
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December 2008
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January 2009
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Zomba Golf Course – opposite Noel’ and my house!

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September 2008
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January 2009 – freshly mowed
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January 2009 – the full panorama

Road to the hospital – previously covered in the post Walk to work.

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Yes, this is the same view as above.

My Favourite View when walking to the hospital (covered in Walk to work)

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September 2008
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December 4th
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December 18th
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January 17th 2009
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January 29th
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February 2nd – Yes I was there! Taken for the record by Colin Dewar.
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February 20th

The wards at the hospital

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October 2nd 2008 – Infirmary ward courtyard
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January 2009 – M1 courtyard
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February 2009 – M1 courtyard
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December 2008 – FB, one of the new wards – nicer than M1 where I work!
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as above

The soccer field at the hospital

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And finally, some gratuitous landscape shots!

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September 20th 2009 – tiny village shack
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September 20th
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September 26 – on the way to Mount Mulanje
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September 26th – Mulanje looms in the distance (all natural colours here)
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December 5th – taken from road from Zomba to Lilongwe
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January 8th 2009 – on road from Zomba to Blantyre
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January 8th 
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January 8th – on road to Blantyre (This is a poor combination of two photos of the same scene with different exposures, to get both maize and clouds in. No colours have been enhanced in this photo. Do not try this at home.)
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