Here are some pictures I took while I was in Nigeria in October/November 2008. If I had to give this set of pictures a theme, it would be fertility (that or lushness). All pictures can be clicked to make larger.
I love dodo (fried plantain) and this is how plantain looks on the tree before all the yumminess I love to eat happens. I had never seen this before (or maybe I did back in the early 80s but my 3 or 4 year old self did not remember it.
(And now someone’s going to tell me that that’s actually a banana tree rather than a plantain one.)
We have these flowers here too, and I think we call them morning glories. Does anyone know what they are called in Nigeria?
The next two are the same flowers (and their name, according to Tori, is bougainvillea â€“ thanks, Tori!). In the first picture I was trying some photo effect where you get the background to blur while focusing on something more in the foreground. I know there’s a more technical term for that.
Confession: I have no idea what sort of melon this is. Is it the one you get egusi from, perhaps?
(Random: I’ve always thought egusi should be spelled egunsi. Or is it spelled egunsi and I thought it should be spelled egusi? Now I’m confused.)
This is a papaya tree, right? We didn’t have papaya or even pineapple while in Nigeria. We did eat a zillion oranges though.
Right now I’d just settle to feel the stifling heat I felt on those days depicted above. Winter: go away!