Malawi in colour

When I think of Malawi, the first word that springs to mind is ‘Colour!’ There is something special about this time of year, just before the rains. The orange and red Flamboyants are in full bloom, the pink bougainvilleas pop against blue skies, the women wrapped in bold printed fabric, the red bricks exposed as green and blue paint peels with age and the dusty sunsets that paint the afternoon skies in yellow light. As if Picasso has come to Malawi with a full palette of paint!

Lake Boat

“Sunsets, like childhood, are viewed with wonder not just because they are beautiful but because they are fleeting.” – Richard Paul Evans

Fruit and veg

“Mere color, unspoiled by meaning, and unallied with definite form, can speak to the soul in a thousand different ways. ”
― Oscar Wilde

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Morning meeting

Malawian

“In my own worst seasons I’ve come back from the colorless world of despair by forcing myself to look hard, for a long time, at a single glorious thing: a flame of red geranium outside my bedroom window. And then another: my daughter in a yellow dress. And another: the perfect outline of a full, dark sphere behind the crescent moon. Until I learned to be in love with my life again. Like a stroke victim retraining new parts of the brain to grasp lost skills, I have taught myself joy, over and over again.”
― Barbara Kingsolver

Window shopping

“My late president told me that the best dreams that come true are those that are in colour. So my dream is in colour too, it’s not black and white.” – Joyce Banda

Bicycle parking

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Mango market

“You either get the point of Africa or you don’t. What draws me back year after year is that it’s like seeing the world with the lid off.” – A.A. Gill

Flamboyants

Lake Malawi

Lake Malawi sunset

“Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add colour to my sunset sky.”

6 Replies to “Malawi in colour”

  1. Great quotes. I like the one by Gill especially. The laundry drying is really fabulous. When’s your ‘real’ Africa calendar coming out? 🙂 (not animals or starving children like on the charity calendars).

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  2. What a beautiful country and great photos. We were in Malawi this time of year about 4 years ago now. The landscape was brown which made the color really pop. Great post and I really like the quotes.

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