Recently, we had a friend who is living in Abuja, Nigeria come for a week. It was great to get to catch up, and compare tails of living in West-Central Africa. It seems that Abuja and Malabo are quite different, although you might have already guessed that from the fact, alone, that Malabo has about a tenth the population of Abuja. Also, that Nigeria is a functioning democracy with opposition parties. Or that Equatorial Guinea is rather peaceful. The list could go on and on. One thing that our friend kept saying is, “Enjoy the little things.”
Well, this post is really about one of the little things I really, really enjoy about Malabo, or Equatorial Guinea in general; the flowers. I was fortunate enough to be given a Nikon AF Micro Nikkor 60mm lens by a total stranger, through a friend of the family, this Christmas, and have enjoyed taking pictures of the flowers around the compound. Because the lens is c.1990 the autofocus doesn’t work with my camera (although apparently it works with other newer cameras just not mine), but it has been fun working on my technique, especially as given the distance to the flowers (sometimes < 3 inches), my camera, or big ol’ head block alot of the light. Anyways, here are some of the little things I enjoy around the compound:
I hope you enjoy them too.
That is all.