Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Friday, July 9, 2010
Teri and I were spending a week at Sandcastle Inn in Birch Bay, Washington near the Canadian border. The Inn is part of a timeshare we own and although we can go to more exotic places, we find this one of the most relaxing locations. During this trip we went to the market to buy some fresh fruit. We were about to prepare them to eat when I suggested we wait while I take some pictures of the fruit. After taking several shots, I assembled these, putting them together for this piece. The background is taken from a painting that was on the wall of our room.
While on our tour of Morocco we went to visit the family of this woman. She is cracking argan nuts with a rock. She separates the shells from the nuts, placing the nuts in the cloth covered bowl. She then places the nuts in the device to her right. She grinds the nuts that turn to a paste similar to peanut butter. This is her daily job, earning a good portion of the families income.
Saturday, April 24, 2010
This and the next two shots are of Frank and his wife Ellen. We met them on our Morocco/Sahara desert adventure with OAT travel company. We had the opportunity to attend a special local event, during which Frank and Ellen were chosen to take part in a wedding ceremony mock up. They and the other travel mates were fantastic people and fun to travel companions.
One of our tours was to go to an argan nut forest where goats climb the trees to get the best leaves and nuts to eat. We were told that sometimes tourist get there just to find all the goats on the ground. During our first visit, we say a couple of goats place a foot or two on a tree but none climbed. Later on our way from another tour we went back to find this and other goats climbing hight in the trees.
This man does pottery in a time proven method handed down through centuries. He was a very friendly guy and had great pride in his work and loved to show how it is done. He is the last potter in Morocco who still used this method. He has tried to get his kids and grandkids to take up the trade but none of them would take it on.