Africa

To my dear Great grand daughter, will you know this piece of paradise?

Look no further, I have found paradise. Maybe I should not be sharing this with the world; maybe the only way for Pomene to remain a paradise is to keep her secret. What will come of places like this?

Will she be snatched up for development? Will she become a 5 star resort? Will her turquoise waters be streaked with the waves from speed boats and her pristine beaches scarred with tyre marks and litter?

Pomene is bitter sweet for me. I want to share her beauty, but I don’t want her changed.

I wonder to myself; will my children’s’ children get to experience a simple camping trip like this, where the surroundings still take your breath away every time you look up?

Or, in 50 years’ time, will their only experience of natural, untouched beauty come from the dusty photo albums that once belonged to their grandparents?

 

Their experiences are in our hands.

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  1. Such a beautiful post. I have just used if for the daily prompt “Head to one of your favorite blogs. Write a companion piece to their penultimate post.”

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  2. First of all, this photography is a feast to the eyes!! It’s so surreal that it’s difficult to believe there can be a place so beautiful!
    Also, I know exactly what you mean. I recently visited a part of my country (Leh-Ladakh) which was hitherto untouched by tourists and people from the rest of the country in general because of the adverse terrain and hence the lack of proper transportation. Also, the weather is quite adverse. But my my, is that part beautiful? It is so tranquil, pristine, and almost untouched by man, that it will not be one bit exaggeration if I say it’s the most beautiful place I ever laid my eyes on. Sadly, the facilities are improving and more and more people are pouring in. Soon, it will become just another lifeless, polluted landscape pandering to the consumerist, mindless, insensitive breed of modern, photo-snapping and trashy tourists.

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  3. So many places throughout the world where simple beauty seems to suspend time, till humanity arrives. Sometimes Nature takes a bit of it back, re-shaping it into something that is both new & old . Then it is layered with both the human past & the shifting seasons of Nature.

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    • Thanks for your comments Elmediat. Pomene also has nature on her side in that the only way to get there is with a 4×4 wheel drive and with some serious off-road skills! Shifting sands keep her remote and give her a fighting chance!

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  4. How privileged we are to still be able to experience little pockets of paradise like this…I know my children have a special place in their hearts for Pomene! Alas there are already changes afoot for a big new tourist resort. I just hope it will take years to build…so change comes slowly!

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  5. The economic imperative for ‘tourism’ is such a double edged sword. 40 years ago there were about 3 hotels on Bali (Sanur and Kuta Cottages, plus the new one that we stayed in which had 7 rooms and a small outdoor kitchen/restaurant). Compared to today’s plethora of 4 star pampering resorts, it’s hard to be sure that such rapid development has been for the overall good. Now of course the front edge of tourism continues to push out to more remote islands & harder to get to places. As these areas develop and become more accessible, the ‘mass’ tourist arrives, with the desire to holiday away from home and be pampered like a child by a local or migrant servant class rather than to travel and experience a different culture. I agree with Alessandro that the best way to break this one might be to make sure the (western) world stays in a depressed economic state – but with China and Latin America surely happy to offer development funds even this may not be enough.

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  6. You always offer fresh, surprising views of an Africa only the wrong people talk about – developers, for instance. The one positive aspect of Europe’s current cash crisis is that relentless cementification appears to have slowed a bit.

    I’m with you on this.

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  7. Great capture of a day in your life, your kids [and grandchildren] will appreciate it [and Africa] for sure ^_^
    bet you’re not missing freaky snow storms like the ones we just had in North Wales…..
    take care,
    Babs B

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  8. Beautiful place. I think the truth of the matter lies somewhere between the two extremes. To expect that your children will experience things unchanged from when you did of course is naive, but they will have their own experience of pristine beauty I am certain. We do need to rein in development though. Thoughtful zoning is nonexistent in most of our greedy world.

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    • Thanks for reading – this post was mostly inspired because there is currently a tender on this stretch of beach to develop it into a tourist hot spot – it’s not going to look like this for very long, that I am certain of. Here in Mozambique, things are changing dramatically. In 2 years, the 60 km stretch of road to Beira is now back to back with sawmills and according to a logger connection I have, there is only 5 years worth of wood/forest left in this country. Also what is interesting is if you ever have the opportunity to fly over the Mozambican and Malawi border, you will see two separate landscapes – one bare and the other with trees. It is an extreme change. I think it all comes down to governance and in my opinion, it’s a bright red flag urging us to open up more natural reserves to protect what is left. If our kids want to experience a bit of Africa like we do, we do have the power now to make that happen.

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  9. You too feel the urge to record for our future generations, when there is nothing left but screens in front of their faces, and they talk about grass, trees becoming extinct! Don’t want to imagine! Good post, picture perfect.
    Liz
    Will you be my guest on SA blog? Ixopo? small write up linked to yours?

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