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1997

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the Vogl family at Christmas dinner, South Bend, Indiana, 1997 the Vogl family at Christmas dinner
South Bend, Indiana, 1997
Clockwise from upper left: Mary, Mohammed, Jim, Don, Colette, Paul, Suzy, Tom, Gertrude, Dawn,
Joanitha near a tree planted by President Moi, Kisumu, Kenya, 1997 Joanitha near a tree planted by President Moi
Kisumu, Kenya, 1997
Joanitha's school went on a sporting trip to Kenya and stopped by this monument to Kenya's long-time president. Many things were named after Moi, who held onto power for more than 20 years.
Joanitha acting as a ghost, Mwanza, Tanzania, 1997 Joanitha acting as a ghost
Mwanza, Tanzania, 1997
Joanitha enjoyed drama and acting. Some students were afraid of her for some time after this performance.
Joanitha holding triplets, Bukoba, Tanzania, 1997 Joanitha holding triplets
Bukoba, Tanzania, 1997
Ponhofi students at farewell party, Ohangwena, Namibia, 1997 Ponhofi students at farewell party
Ohangwena, Namibia, 1997
"teacher-student basketball game, Ponhofi Senior Secondary School", Ohangwena, Namibia, 1997 teacher-student basketball game, Ponhofi Senior Secondary School
Ohangwena, Namibia, 1997
This was my field of dreams. After three years of playing basketball on the unsurfaced, dusty netball court, with no nets or backboards and tiny rims, we finally found funding for a real basketball court. Playing in the teacher-student game at the end of the year was a dream come true. The girls picked up the game with amazing speed, probably because they could transfer the skills they knew from netball, a similar sport. The court was an expensive development project and hastened the inevitable Americanisation of the world, but it would be nice if every school in the North could have one. On the right is an enormous omukwiyu (wild fig) tree, good for shade and a popular hangout for kids and goats.
"staff, Ponhofi Senior Secondary School", Ohangwena, Namibia, 1997 staff, Ponhofi Senior Secondary School
Ohangwena, Namibia, 1997
Greg Vogl (me), physics and computer teacher, USA, Monika Katanga, secretary, Namibia, Tuyeni Ndaikile, Kwanyama teacher, Namibia, Martha (Katiti) Nhinda, Kwanyama teacher, Namibia, Irene Carolissen, English teacher, Namibia, Saima Amunyela, Kwanyama teacher, Namibia, Lydia (Ivawa) Munghadi, biology teacher, Namibia, Liam Garvey, mathematics teacher, Australia, Julie Murphy, accounting teacher, Scotland, Philip Shimhanda, natural economy teacher, Namibia, Emmanuel Edomwande (seated), biology teacher, Nigeria, Eric Kemanya, English teacher, Namibia, Mark Fleming, mathematics teacher, Scotland, Mary (Maria) Nashandi, business studies teacher, Namibia, Peter Maswahu, agriculture teacher, Namibia, Lucky (Nhlanhla) Lupahla, mathematics teacher, Zimbabwe, Michael Kavungo, Vice-Principal and English teacher, Namibia, Håkon Hermanstrand, English teacher, Norway
students in chemistry class, Ohangwena, Namibia, 1997 students in chemistry class
Ohangwena, Namibia, 1997
"computer lab, Ponhofi school", Ohangwena, Namibia, 1997 computer lab, Ponhofi school
Ohangwena, Namibia, 1997
"House 19, Ponhofi School", Ohangwena, Namibia, 1997 House 19, Ponhofi School
Ohangwena, Namibia, 1997
I lived in this house with a Nigerian entomologist. There were plenty of insects for him to study.
"House 16, Ponhofi School", Ohangwena, Namibia, 1997 House 16, Ponhofi School
Ohangwena, Namibia, 1997
I stayed in this house in late 1995 with Liam Garvey from Australia.
"Red, white and blue tin house", Ohangwena, Namibia, 1997 Red, white and blue tin house
Ohangwena, Namibia, 1997
I passed this abandoned shack in the middle of an empty lot whenever going into town. I took this photo the morning I left Ohangwena. Elago Elago writes: As it's painted in DTA colours, I suspect it's an abandoned DTA cardboard type pre-fabricated office. The DTA had quite many of those (and mobile ones) in the 4 northern regions and after losing quite a lot of support, they simply abandoned what they couldn't take along.
colorful rock cliff, Waterberg National Park, Namibia, 1997 colorful rock cliff
Waterberg National Park, Namibia, 1997
termite mound, Waterberg National Park, Namibia, 1997 termite mound
Waterberg National Park, Namibia, 1997
overlook of Waterberg Plateau, Waterberg National Park, Namibia, 1997 overlook of Waterberg Plateau
Waterberg National Park, Namibia, 1997
"road, Etosha National Park", Okaukuejo, Namibia, 1997 road, Etosha National Park
Okaukuejo, Namibia, 1997
A dirt road, a tree, some bushes, some rainclouds; an ordinary African scene that is indescribably compelling.
"two zebra, Etosha National Park", Okaukuejo, Namibia, 1997 two zebra, Etosha National Park
Okaukuejo, Namibia, 1997
Etosha is the focal point of Namibia for most tourists. It contains an enormous number and variety of animals, but the subtle beauty of the plants and setting might be overlooked.
"upside down trees, Etosha National Park", Okaukuejo, Namibia, 1997 upside down trees, Etosha National Park
Okaukuejo, Namibia, 1997
San legends say that when God threw these trees in anger, they landed upside down, with the roots in the air. These trees have been damaged by elephants, and many are now protected by a fence.
"stub of a tree, Etosha National Park", Halali, Namibia, 1997 stub of a tree, Etosha National Park
Halali, Namibia, 1997
Etosha contains a variety of strangely shaped trees such as this.
"tree and Okaukuejo tower, Etosha National Park", Okaukuejo, Namibia, 1997 tree and Okaukuejo tower, Etosha National Park
Okaukuejo, Namibia, 1997
This type of tree (camelthorn? acacia?) is very common throughout the Namibian savanna.
Organ Pipes, Burnt Mountain, Namibia, 1997 Organ Pipes
Burnt Mountain, Namibia, 1997
tree and valley, Brandberg, Namibia, 1997 tree and valley
Brandberg, Namibia, 1997
This scene reminds me of the Biblical story of Moses and the Burning Bush. Brandberg means Fire Mountain; from a distance the mountain appears red as if it were on fire. The Brandberg is the tallest mountain in Namibia. The summit is less than 3000 metres, but it is a challenge to climb because of the heat and amount of drinking water you must carry.
donkey cart, Spitzkoppe, Namibia, 1997 donkey cart
Spitzkoppe, Namibia, 1997
Donkey carts are still used in rural areas of Namibia and sometimes even in larger villages like Oshakati.
sociable weaver nest, Uis Myn, Namibia, 1997 sociable weaver nest
Uis Myn, Namibia, 1997
These enormous nests can be seen in trees throughout Namibia. They can be inhabited by hundreds of little birds, and the nests can take over and destroy the whole tree.
Rock paintings, Brandberg, Namibia, 1997 Rock paintings
Brandberg, Namibia, 1997
melons, Sossusvlei, Namibia, 1997 melons
Sossusvlei, Namibia, 1997
Finding these melons in the middle of the desert was a delightful surprise. Desert melons are a popular source of food for the Nama people of the center and south.
Sossusvlei Pan, Sossusvlei, Namibia, 1997 Sossusvlei Pan
Sossusvlei, Namibia, 1997
The Sossusvlei pan is nestled among the world's tallest sand dunes in the southwest. It only fills with water for a few weeks about once every ten years; otherwise it is dry. For those few weeks the desert miraculously becomes green.
interior of Duwisib Castle, Maltahohe, Namibia, 1997 interior of Duwisib Castle
Maltahohe, Namibia, 1997
Duwisib Castle, Maltahohe, Namibia, 1997 Duwisib Castle
Maltahohe, Namibia, 1997
Duwisib Castle, Maltahohe, Namibia, 1997 Duwisib Castle
Maltahohe, Namibia, 1997
buildings encroached by sand, Kolmanskuppe, Namibia, 1997 buildings encroached by sand
Kolmanskuppe, Namibia, 1997
Görke Haus, Lüderitz, Namibia, 1997 Görke Haus
Lüderitz, Namibia, 1997
overlook, Fish River Canyon, Namibia, 1997 overlook
Fish River Canyon, Namibia, 1997
"aloe and quiver tree, Kokerboomwoud", Keetmanshoop, Namibia, 1997 aloe and quiver tree, Kokerboomwoud
Keetmanshoop, Namibia, 1997
Aloes are very common, especially in the South. There are hundreds of varieties.
"quiver tree, Kokerboomwoud", Keetmanshoop, Namibia, 1997 quiver tree, Kokerboomwoud
Keetmanshoop, Namibia, 1997
The Quiver Tree is so named because San (so-called Bushmen) hunters hollow out the branches to make quivers for storing their arrows. The trees do not quiver much in the wind.
Kaiserliches Bezirksamt, Swakopmund, Namibia, 1997 Kaiserliches Bezirksamt
Swakopmund, Namibia, 1997
Skeleton of a boat, Swakopmund, Namibia, 1997 Skeleton of a boat
Swakopmund, Namibia, 1997
Hohenzollern Building, Swakopmund, Namibia, 1997 Hohenzollern Building
Swakopmund, Namibia, 1997
Atlas supports the world on this 1906 hotel.
Woermannhaus, Swakopmund, Namibia, 1997 Woermannhaus
Swakopmund, Namibia, 1997
bicycle and mural, Swakopmund, Namibia, 1997 bicycle and mural
Swakopmund, Namibia, 1997
This bicycle nicely matches the mural behind it. Perhaps the artist is the bicyclist.
Mural, Windhoek, Namibia, 1997 Mural
Windhoek, Namibia, 1997
This mural shows themes of hope in the end of the 1980s war for independence and the new government.
Christus Kirche, Windhoek, Namibia, 1997 Christus Kirche
Windhoek, Namibia, 1997
Christus Kirche, Windhoek, Namibia, 1997 Christus Kirche
Windhoek, Namibia, 1997
This German Lutheran church is a landmark overlooking Windhoek.
Tintenpalast, Windhoek, Namibia, 1997 Tintenpalast
Windhoek, Namibia, 1997
This 'ink palace' is the Namibian house of parliament and opened in 1913.
Windhoek High School students lined up for assembly, Windhoek, Namibia, 1997 Windhoek High School students lined up for assembly
Windhoek, Namibia, 1997
Windhoek High School students were professionally dressed and neatly lined up for morning assembly.
red tree, Elmina, Ghana, 1997 red tree
Elmina, Ghana, 1997
This tree has two 'arms' that look like they could grab you. I would definitely not walk by this tree at night, especially after listening to African folk tales about witches.
fishing boats, Elmina, Ghana, 1997 fishing boats
Elmina, Ghana, 1997
The coast of West Africa is bustling with business, such as fishing, shipping, petroleum and tourism. Hand-made nets and boats compete with more modern equipment.
drawbridge, Elmina, Ghana, 1997 drawbridge
Elmina, Ghana, 1997
This is an entrance to the Cape Coast Castle, one of several castles built by the Portuguese around 1500 and used for the slave trade for centuries by various European colonizers. There are several well-preserved slave castles on the coast of Ghana.
dungeon door, Elmina, Ghana, 1997 dungeon door
Elmina, Ghana, 1997
This is the door to a dungeon where hundreds of Africans were chained in small, dark, cave-like cells until they could be packed into boats and sent to the Americas. Those who escaped disease, starvation and fatal beatings and were free of physical weaknesses became slaves in the New World. Those who did not were tossed in the ocean and fed to the sharks. The museum, which was once the church, is a must-see.
dancers, Kpalime, Togo, 1997 dancers
Kpalime, Togo, 1997
This fête du récolte (harvest festival) included a variety of people, colourful costumes, and lively music and dancing.