Makira Province. Solomon Islands.
I don’t usually write much, my images speak better then my words. But I need to practice… feel free to skip the words :).
The Solomon Islands is an amazing country. We’ve collected our fair share of the Pacific experience in the first two months here. Jake’s had dengue, and recovered :), and a few tropical ulcers, still recovering. They’re the lows. The highs are great. We spent the last two weeks working our way through 30-odd communities surveying cyclone and flood damage to local water supplies – well Jake surveyed, I entertained myself taking photos and meeting the locals and documenting some of his work for the sponsors. The travel is by banana boat. I would have many more shots from the water if I wasn’t so scared of my camera drowning the minute it come out of the water proof bag, lets just say the boat rides are rather precarious at times and the village landings even more so.
The villages are scenically stunning and the people so welcoming, though the time in these villages made me really appreciate the ease of which we receive clean drinking water, sanitation and even basic health care. We are so blessed in the western world, so much of which I often just take for granted. One out of the 30 villages we visited had working toilets and for many the dishes, washing, drinking and everything else was worked from the same river. Many of the children in the villages had skin that had been eaten by worms, leaving visible trails, something which I’m sure could be treated easily back in Aus. While there are these things that the villagers lack, I feel they often surpass our western world on such qualities as family time, slowing down and really soaking in life. I love the chance to sit and listen to the rain, to get my fingers in the ground creating a garden (can’t wait to eat the produce), to watch the insects and feel the wind. It’s a struggle some days, to accept and appreciate the stillness. I think in the west we often glorify ‘Busy’, I know I do, I have a fear of boredom and end up cramming a billion things into my days/weeks/years and in so doing have probably missed so much of what is real about life. So here I want to learn… and as these words that keep riding in my mind – ‘Be still and know…’