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Old Posted Mar 10, 2011, 3:10 AM
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Timbuktu & The Far Side of the World

Next stop on my trip was the West African nation of Mali. Far and away the most interesting place I have seen on earth; so much that at times it felt extraterrestrial. The terrain and climate varies drastically from the tropical South to the Saharan North.

Like my last two threads, here is a slideshow of these photos set to local Malian music. Mali is a cultural hub for musicians, play it for nothing but the audio.

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First up Timbuktu. The city is home to roughly 50,000 people and sits at the sourthern edge of the Sahara Desert. The town is hot and dry with a mix of sub-Saharan Africans and North African Tuaregs and traders. Al Qaeda alledgedly has camps in the desert to the North.













This canal was a gift to the people of Timbuktu from Qaddafi. He paid for the dredging of the canal that brought water from the Niger River. My guide said Qadaffi was building many projects in Mali, not so much as acts of goodwill but more in hope of re-igniting his dream of a pan Saharan Union, led by no other than him. However, instead of urging people to unite and revolt with violence like in the 70s and 80s, he was now trying to buy favor with proceeds from his oil. I wouldn't be surprised if there were Malian mercenaries currently fighting in Libya. The locals loved the canal and the relief from the desert heat it brought, they were less enthusiastic about Qaddafi and understood fully what he was attempting.
































Djenne (JEN-nay) is a regional city south of Timbuktu with the largest mud structure in the world, the Great Mosque of Djenne. Every Thursday villagers bring their wares to market just outside the mosque.






























































































Dogon Country - The Dogon tribe lives in the low highlands in the center of the country. Up until about 30 years ago they still lived in cliff dwellings ala Mesa Verde. Visiting these villages was like stepping back in time.





















































Hope you enjoyed.

I have quite a few more photos of Mali that wouldn't fit into this thread so keep an eye out for part 2.



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Old Posted Mar 10, 2011, 3:46 AM
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Just wow! Amazing photography! I am happy to see this area of our planet displayed here at SSC! Keep up the good work! I enjoy all your tours!

Love the Sudano-Sahelian architecture
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Simply phenomenal. You've been putting some serious quality work up on this site.

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Amazing thread!
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Great pictures! Normally I am not into people pictures but yours give a good idea of the people in these foreign places.

I didn't realize that you were showing pictures from a trip around the world. What places have you put pictures up of so far?
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stunningly beautiful set of shots here. Thanks for sharing 'em
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Not only is this one of my favorite threads ever on this forum, you showed HOW to take quality people shots and how it ties into the subject. I mean, incredible work.
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These are fantastic. Thank you. Didn't think I'd ever see a Timbuktu thread!
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WOW! Fantastic thread of a not very well known place. You made me want to go there right now.
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Great shots. I've always had a fascination with Mali ever since I saw it on my globe as a child.
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I've had a bit of fascination with Timbuktu lately myself. Never thought I'd see it here though. Amazing photographs, great story... It's not often I want to thank people for putting pictures up here, but this is definitely one of the special ones. So thank you thank you thank you.

I wish we had end of the year awards on SSP so this could win something.


I assume this http://www.flickr.com/photos/pyates/5395128021/ is a Baobab tree?
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Outstanding pictures!! Keep up the good work!
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I agree, this thread deserves a 'best of the year' award! Stunning!
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HELLO BEAUTIFUL LADY! HUBBA HUBBA!
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This my favorite shot. From the architecture, to the look in the little girls eye. Incredible photos, thanks!
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Astonishing work, amazing content and technique.



Not many people could put that in their mouth and look cool. This gentleman appears to be one of those happy few.
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Wow - Stunning indeed. Thanks for posting these Okayyou. What kind of camera gear are hauling around the globe with you? I'm assuming you would want to travel as lightly as possible.
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Fascinating, thanks for sharing.
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Wow. Great thread.
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