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    Posted: 13 December 2018 at 11:48
Northern region of Ethiopia is named Tigray.
It is a part of an immense plateau, about 2000-2200 masl high; thus we are in so-called Africa's roof. climate is dry in winter and temperature is fair the whole year.
The plateau is somewhere interrupted by valleys (in one of these downlands is located the main city, Mekelle) and harsh mountains.
Population is beautiful and gentle. Language spoken is called Tigrina, here and in Eritrea as well.
I travel there every year for work; but I have the opportunity to have a trip.

The impressive feeling I always have visiting this places, is travelling also in time.

In first photos you can have a little look to this land.

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These mountains are full with rock-hewn sites, they have had for ages the function of arcaic churches (now christian) and were used for defense purpose also.

4. Abuna Yemata Guh - inside


Here there are some priests and a noun:

5. Abuna Yemata Guh - outside


6. Abuna Yemata Guh - conversation


7. A noun


And here some local people:

8. Almost blind old man


9. Boy


10. Child


Hope you enjoy

[to be continued...]
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Post Options Post Options   Quote @Jetsplace Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 December 2018 at 11:59
That looks really like a special place.. Those mountains are impressive and you had nice meetings and interactions with the people living there.
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Number 5 is so very good. Excellent series. Please show more!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Roger Rex Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 December 2018 at 14:26
Simply WOW!!! There are many superb images here, almost each one getting better than the previous one as I scrolled through. Truly, almost hard to describe my jaw-dropping reaction to some of these (as Harold Feinstein said: "When your jaw drops click the shutter.") #4 - All three components of a great image - light, subject and composition beautifully assembled and rendered. #6 - the light in the hand, priceless; the location/composition priceless; might have liked the eyes open a bit more. #8 - National Geo quality without question. And then there is #10 - OMG - a truly brilliant composition from the bit of the third person on the left, to not showing the entire adult so that the focus is on the child, the separation/space between the child's arm and the adult - almost fits like a puzzle. This is truly a one-of-a-kind image. I hope you have further plans for this image and for the series - an exhibition somewhere, entry into contests, etc., etc. I have followed images here for over ten years and this image and series equals or exceeds the quality of anything I have seen here. If I had taken #10 I might stop shooting, believing I could never do better, however, don't stop, I want to see more.



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Post Options Post Options   Quote eldonito Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 December 2018 at 14:44
Wow, absolutely incredible, that you for "taking" us there. First and last are my favorites, but all are great.

Originally posted by maricontis maricontis wrote:


[to be continued...]


I look forward to it!
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Absolutely stunning
All beautifil shots, but 5,8 and 10 are top of the bill for me.
TFS and like others, looking forward to more!
 



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Post Options Post Options   Quote bigsi Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 December 2018 at 20:57
Super series, love the portraits, #4 is excellent but #10 is very special!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote maricontis Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 December 2018 at 21:35
Thank you for your kind feedbacks,
Roger Rex your compliments are really appreciated, though I think you have exceeded, definitely I am not a nat geo photographer!! However I'll try to satisfy your wish tomorrow!
Originally posted by Roger Rex Roger Rex wrote:

I want to see more.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote maewpa Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 December 2018 at 09:33
Really good stuff - love you got the people in so many. #10 is a great capture.

I loved this area too - so beaqutiful, so interesting and the people are special. No way I was going up to Abuna Yemata Guh - that is a too challenging climb for someone with vertigo. Made it up to Maryam Korkor though, thatnks to my guide.

Yes please do carry on showing these.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote clk230 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 December 2018 at 09:39
I do hope you are able to share more images Stefano because I've really enjoyed this first installment!
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Here there is a little collection of priests portrayed in or next to their carved church. It's a collection made in 4 years, as I can do only one trip per year, trekking to one church - and you may have seen a couple of this in the past here on dyxum. Nonetheless I group them here finally.

Priests live in houses not so close to the church, they go to work having a (long) trekking; most famous churches are visited easily by tourists, but a couple of time we had to send people calling for the priest that owns the keys.

St. George church priest


Aba (Abuna) Tesfay - Daniel Korkor church


Abuna Gebre Mikael Koraro church priest


Gebre Rafael - Abuna Yemata Guh church


Originally posted by maewpa maewpa wrote:


I loved this area too - so beaqutiful, so interesting and the people are special. No way I was going up to Abuna Yemata Guh - that is a too challenging climb for someone with vertigo. Made it up to Maryam Korkor though, thatnks to my guide.

I have vertigo too, and the wall to abuna yemata guh scared me - but after that passage, it was comparatively easy to proceed. Nowadays you can rent a rope and belt to climb in safety...
If you visited Maryam Korkor, your vertigo was challenged as well!!!
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Originally posted by maricontis maricontis wrote:


Originally posted by maewpa maewpa wrote:


I loved this area too - so beaqutiful, so interesting and the people are special. No way I was going up to Abuna Yemata Guh - that is a too challenging climb for someone with vertigo. Made it up to Maryam Korkor though, thatnks to my guide.

I have vertigo too, and the wall to abuna yemata guh scared me - but after that passage, it was comparatively easy to proceed. Nowadays you can rent a rope and belt to climb in safety...
If you visited Maryam Korkor, your vertigo was challenged as well!!!


I think my guide would be very happy I didn't talk to you before my trip! He was worried enough going up to Maryam Korkor, but I am not frightened of heights anymore - just have terrible balance in those situations. Fortunately he had worked as a mountain-climbing guide before so he knew where to stand and when to help to stop the overweight, scarlet-faced tourist from falling to his death.

Love the first shot in the new set. A real "twinkle in the eye" look from the priest.

The third one is very powerful too -brilliant shot - but the tones are all mid. I wonder if you could make him pop a bit more with a monochrome conversion - depends how much orange/yellow is in the tree bark I guess.

You go once a year? Definitely Italian! I do want to go back though.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote WestCoastCannuck Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 December 2018 at 05:57
Absolutely lovely... all of them. I am so enjoying this series and look forward to more!

For some reason, though so many are fantastic, I am really drawn to the second shot.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Jozioau Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 December 2018 at 06:04
Brilliant set of images of this exotic and rugged landscape, as well as of the locals you encountered.
Wonderful that you are able to take us armchair tourists along with you by posting this illustrated narrative.
So many fine images it's difficult to pick favourites, but obviously you were featured as POTW with #6, and I have little doubt we'll see more in coming exhibitions.

Looking forward to seeing more from this adventure.
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