“..Men and women and water buffalo
Patiently trod the dirt road
In the footsteps of our eldest forefathers
In the never ending ebb and flow
From home to work, from work to home
From hot to cold, from young to old
From babe in the belly, to our place in the grave…”
This photo is my view to the north, looking out my verandah windows at the dirt road that passes to the east between our house and our neighbor. The little dirt road leading to the north follows the bank of the irrigation canal, and is lined with huge eucalyptus trees. It is very early in the morning, and the man is leading his waterbuffalo to his plot of farmland, where he will work in his field all day. They have just crossed over the bridge spanning the irrigation canal which is fed from the Nile River about a half kilometer to the west of us.
This waterbuffalo is very young, you can tell by her pink skin that she has never spent time outside of her barn. She will be walked daily back and forth by this patient farmer, her skin growing darker from the sunshine, as she learns to eat fresh greens from the field and provide milk for her family. Maybe this is her first journey away from the safety of her barn and mama. Something scared her, apparently, causing her to balk at continuing, and her owner is coaxing her gently, tugging the rope to encourage her. I love the curiosity of our neighbor’s dog, too. He has climbed up onto the back of the trailer he was sleeping in to get a better look!
Click to join in the fun at Bastet’s Pixelventures! This week we’re looking for something you felt inspired about, or felt inspired to create. Because this prompt coincides so perfectly with the second stanza of this poem, for my response to this week’s challenge I’m submitting this next photo in the series.
This photo is my view to the west, looking out my verandah windows. Every time I look out my windows and see I’m here in Egypt, I’m so thankful to my Creator! Words can hardly express my sense of inspiration and gratitude for all the mercy and blessings Allah has given me, alhamdulillah! (“Thank God!”)
19 Feb – Updated!
I finally found the perfect android app for overlaying text on a photo! It’s called Phonto, and if you are using an iPhone click here to learn more or if you are using something with an android OS click here to learn more
This app gives you all the control you need for applying text to an image, and it has a very easy to use interface that will get you smiling in no time! The first advantage of this app over so many others is it’s ability to handle whole paragraphs of text. Most apps, including the totally disappointing Adobe Photoshop Touch, only allow one line of text at a time. Also, Phonto never merges your text into the image, so it is always available to edit, even after saving. There is a huge variety of fonts, and you have total control over font size, fill color, stroke color, shadow effect/angle/color, line spacing, and text positioning. Every control is manipulated by finger slider and by “+” or “-” controls which are tapped. The smart people who created this app need to be congratulated for their genius, because Phonto is the wave of the future for touchscreen apps!