In the Limelight!

While on a photography trip in Tanzania, I came across this beautiful young lioness in the tree. Unfortunately she was sleeping with her face away from my camera. I waited for nearly two hours and then she turned around as she was ready to go hunt. At this moment in time the light was going out and the sun had nearly set. I took out my flash, added a beam magnification plastic lens to the front of the flash and held it externally from the camera to avoid “red-eye”. I made several images and on this particular image the beam from the flash got perfectly aligned with the lioness. In Tanzania some lions do climb trees!

Face of Humanity

One of my inspirations is National Geographic’s Steve McCurry. His claim to fame was the iconic image “Afghan Girl”. Well, on my recent photography expedition to the north of Pakistan, I struggled to find the right face that I could claim to be the “Pakistani Girl”. I made several portraits on this epic journey but this particular image really resonated well with me. Her face and eyes lead me to reflect into her soul. Some of us can see it more clearly than others but I think everybody has some type of inner reflection. For me the Face of Humanity leads me to reflect more into the human race.

Life!

I hope folks enjoyed my last blog on education in Pakistan. Today I would like to shed some light on global educational issues. We have more than 124 million primary and secondary school-aged children who are not in school around the world. Here are some concerning statistics:

  1. The cost of providing 13 years of education to a child in the developing world is around $1.18/day.
  2. If a mother has the ability to read, then her children have a 50% greater chance of surviving past the age of five.
  3. With each year of schooling the income generating potential increases by 10%

In my recent photography expedition to North Pakistan, I was impressed that education is being given priority especially in the Baltistan-Gilgit region.

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Mexica Warrior

Mexicas are a Nahuatl-speaking indigenous people of the Valley of Mexico who were the rulers of the Aztec Empire.
The Mexica were to find an eagle with a snake in its beak, perched on a prickly pear cactus. Wherever they saw that was where they were meant to live. They continuously searched for the symbol. Eventually, they happened to stumble upon Lake Texcoco, where they finally saw the eagle and cactus on an island on the lake. There, they named their settlement Tenochtitlan. Tenochtitlan was founded in 1325.

The Mexica Princess

Mexicas are a Nahuatl-speaking indigenous people of the Valley of Mexico who were the rulers of the Aztec Empire.


The Mexica were to find an eagle with a snake in its beak, perched on a prickly pear cactus. Wherever they saw that was where they were meant to live. They continuously searched for the symbol. Eventually, they happened to stumble upon Lake Texcoco, where they finally saw the eagle and cactus on an island on the lake. There, they named their settlement Tenochtitlan. Tenochtitlan was founded in 1325.