Featured Forum Thread: 'Ethiopia and Sudan' by edme

Discussion in 'Open Discussion' started by edme, Jul 29, 2014.

  1. edme

    edme Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 15, 2013
    I live out of a backpack
    I spent a month in Ethiopia and about 2 weeks in Sudan. Being by myself (and it being the low season as well, permanently so in Sudan) it was going to be very expensive to get off the beaten path and see the truly spectacular stuff so what you see here is the tip of the iceberg in regards to what these 2 countries have to offer.

    First up is Lalibela, these churches were chiselled out of the rock 800 years ago, it is one of many important religious sites in Ethiopia - the people you see in the pictures are pilgrims who have come from all over Ethiopia and the place echoes with chanting in the early morning.

    Lalibela 1 by edme!, on Flickr

    Lalibela 10 by edme!, on Flickr

    Lalibela 6 by edme!, on Flickr

    Lalibela 7 by edme!, on Flickr

    In this picture you can see clearly how the churches were made:

    Lalibela 5 by edme!, on Flickr

    Lalibela 3 by edme!, on Flickr

    These are from Gonder, they are a few hundred years old and the old seat of the royal family.

    Gonder 1 by edme!, on Flickr

    Gonder 2 by edme!, on Flickr

    Simien Mountains, the most well known attraction in Ethiopia, I did a 7 day trek through the park.

    This first photo was actually an accident, I was trying to take a photo with the 14mm like the one below but didn't realise I had the 30mm on until i was half way around the pano, decided to stick with it and I actually like it better.

    Simien Mountains by edme!, on Flickr

    Simien Pano by edme!, on Flickr

    Simien Mountains 9 by edme!, on Flickr

    Simien Mountains 1 by edme!, on Flickr

    Simien Mountains 20 by edme!, on Flickr

    Simien Mountains 19 by edme!, on Flickr

    Simien Pano 3 by edme!, on Flickr

    Simien Mountains 18 by edme!, on Flickr

    Simien Mountains 17 by edme!, on Flickr

    Simien Mountains 13 by edme!, on Flickr

    Simien Mountains 10 by edme!, on Flickr

    Simien Mountains 8 by edme!, on Flickr

    Simien Mountains (22) by edme!, on Flickr

    Simien Mountains 23 by edme!, on Flickr

    This is from a town called Aswan, I took this from a hill just outside of the town.

    Aswan Door by edme!, on Flickr

    These are from the Omdurman Market in Khartoum

    Omdurman Market 1 by edme!, on Flickr

    Omdurman Market 2 by edme!, on Flickr

    Meroe Pyramids, just outside of Khartoum , the tops are broken off because that's where the treasure was (seriously!).

    Meroe Pyramids 1 by edme!, on Flickr

    Meroe Pyramids 2 by edme!, on Flickr

    Meroe Pyramids 3 by edme!, on Flickr

    And finally Suakin Island, once an important port now a pile of ruins.

    Suakin Island 1 by edme!, on Flickr

    Suakin Island 3 by edme!, on Flickr

    Suakin Island 4 by edme!, on Flickr
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  2. Very nice photos! I can't imagine that many people would be brave enough to holiday in Sudan or Ethiopia! Did you find it safe enough to travel around alone or where you on a guided tour?
  3. edme

    edme Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 15, 2013
    I live out of a backpack
    Thanks! I was by myself the whole time. Sudan is the safest place to travel in Africa (obviously if you stay out of Darfur & the south) I actually heard people say that before I went and didn't believe them either so if you scoffed reading that I know where you are coming from. Ethiopia is pretty rough around the edges and there was a vibe I didn't like but I never had any problems nor heard anyone else having problems.
  4. Listener

    Listener Mu-43 Regular

    Can you say more about the vibe?
  5. Crdome

    Crdome Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Sep 11, 2011
    West Central Indiana
    Amazing stuff. Thank you.
  6. Zee

    Zee Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Wow. Just wow.

  7. agentlossing

    agentlossing Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Jun 26, 2013
    Andrew Lossing
  8. edme

    edme Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 15, 2013
    I live out of a backpack
    I felt like I was being prayed upon - probably because I was to some extent - and I wasn't sure how far people would go. It is a harsh place where many people live on the edge and you are walking around with a dollar sign over your head. I never got anything worse than some bothersome hustlers, utterly useless pickpockets, annoying prostitutes, rastas trying to sell weed, aggressive beggars etc but I have no doubt there are more dangerous people out there.

    And you get none of that in Sudan in comparison.
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  9. MajorMagee

    MajorMagee Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 24, 2011
    Dayton, OH
    Simply Amazing Landscapes. :cloud-9-039:
  10. RevBob

    RevBob Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Jun 4, 2011
    NorthWestern PA
    Stunning set, beautifully done. The churches are fascinating and the landscapes gorgeous. :bravo-009:
  11. nickthetasmaniac

    nickthetasmaniac Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 11, 2011
    Amazing work!

    Add it to the list :smile:
  12. There's something very emotive about your images. Wonderful.
  13. biomed

    biomed Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Aug 22, 2013
    Seattle area
    Very well done!

  14. penWS

    penWS Mu-43 Regular

    Sep 7, 2013
    New Zealand
    Stunning. The Simien images are wonderful! Thanks for sharing.
  15. timg

    timg Mu-43 Regular

    Jun 13, 2012
    What an awesome set Edme, and a worthy winner of my first ever 'nominate for feature' selection! :D
  16. MassimoFoti

    MassimoFoti Mu-43 Regular

    Mar 27, 2014
    Lugano (Switzerland)
    Thanks for sharing! I was very interested in Gonder, since I've read a few reports from Italian writers, dating back to 1936, when Italy invaded the country. I've been wondering about the state of the place and it's great to see up to date pictures.
  17. xdayv

    xdayv Color Blind

    Aug 26, 2011
    Tacloban City, Philippines
    Very impressive set, thanks for sharing!
  18. lightning

    lightning Mu-43 Veteran

    Jun 29, 2012
    Kerava, Finland
    Fantastic set! :2thumbs:
  19. Etude

    Etude Long Exposure Addict

    Jun 24, 2013
    Superb works. I like the mood in the images of the churches. The mountain shots are great and the light is fantastic.
  20. Pili

    Pili Mu-43 Veteran

    Jul 16, 2012
    Boulder, CO
    Fantastic shots edme! Really enjoyed them all.