Thursday, April 05, 2007

some gardens

(March 16 - 17, 2007: Addis Ababa.)

Some gardens around Addis Ababa, public and private:

I think as much as anything, it's the quality of the sunshine that fascinates me in these gardens, where the sun is almost directly overhead every day of the year. Ethiopia, after all, boasts 13 months of sunshine (it follows the Julian calendar)!

Euphorbia splendens var. milii , crown-of-thorns

bottle brush tree, Callistemon rigidus
my friend, Kassahun, in the garden beside the Seventh-Day Adventist church in Addis.

On the grounds of Holy Trinity Cathedral (next few photos below), off Entoto Road, north of the centre of Addis, lovely trees cast shade on the burial place of many patriots who lost their lives during the Italian occupation of Ethiopia (1933-1941). Also found here is the tomb of Sylvia Pankhurst, daughter of the famous suffragette, Emmeline Pankhurst. Sylvia Pankhurst was one of the few people outside Ethiopia who protested the Italian occupation. She and some of her heirs later lived in and have written extensively about Ethiopia.
On the grounds is also a memorial to those high-ranking ministers and officials who were killed in the infamous Death of the Sixty, on the night of December 23, 1974, executed by the Derg.

bouganvillea blossoms

Below: Emperor Haile Selassie's former palace is now the home of the University of Addis Ababa's main campus off Entoto Road. In the palace itself, some parts, such as the emperor's bedroom and bath have been retained as they were when the Emperor's family lived there. The palace also houses the library of the Institute of Ethiopian Studies and the Ethnological Museum.
The Ethnological Museum is layed out with the unique thematic arrangement of life cycles ( for example: birth, marriage, death, etc.). It houses representative artifacts from many diverse peoples who live in Ethiopia.

A photo below of some architectural detail of the entrance hall of the Ethnological Museum -- before I was informed that taking photographs inside the museum is strictly forbidden!

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Blogger Blackswamp_Girl said...

Ooh... how gorgeous! You're so right about the quality of light. One of my favorite books about this is by a woman who had two huge gardens: One in England, and one in Australia. I didn't agree with all of her thoughts (for example, why should one feel compelled to diffuse the vibrant light of Oz with a white garden?) but reading the comparisons was fascinating.

8:28 p.m.  
Blogger e4 said...


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Blogger Kati said...

I agree with you, Kim. The light only causes me difficulty in trying to get photographs that aren't washed out, without the pronounced constrasts. Being in those gardens in that sunshine is an amazing experience.

9:41 a.m.  
Blogger Larry said...

Hi, Kati! I've been enjoying your accounts and photos of your Ethiopian journey.

It is very likely that I will live out my life without visiting that country, so a vicarious visit is quite welcome!

11:29 p.m.  
Blogger Kati said...

Larry, I'm glad you're enjoying my stories and photos. But never say never. I would have hardly imagined I'd be in Ethiopia two years ago. I'm developing the daring attitude that anything is possible, so be careful what you ask for!!

12:57 p.m.  

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