Thursday, November 11, 2010

My Picture of a Hornbill

Here's a picture I took of a red-billed hornbill which I think are one of the nicer birds in Southern Africa. We were out in the bush this week trying to find sites for new sand dams that we will be building this year. We had a bit of free time in the Hilux while driving in between communities so we got to discuss birds with our Mozambican coworkers. It's funny, I typically assign value to birds based on how beautiful they are, my Mozambican friends assign value based on their tastiness.

It's a rare privilege for me to be bird watching in places and environments that share much of the birds mentioned in the Old Testament. When Moses set about outlining the birds which Israelites were forbidden to eat, the last two he mentions are the Hoopoe and the bat. Given that the bat is not actually a bird, I think it is logical to believe that eating a Hoopoe is either the greatest or least violation of Hebrew bird dietary restrictions. I've been keeping an eye out for Hoopoes because my coworkers seem familiar with them and their calls. I am assuming that being good Christians they have never eaten one, although I never worked up the courage to ask.

Your brother,

Sunday, November 7, 2010

My Work Week

Here's picture I took of my MCC coworker Jon sitting by the fire in the Mozambican bush where we do our work. Since Jon had his motorcycle stolen, we went down to Beira last week to go get the Toyota Hilux that MCC owns here. To justify using the truck, we figured we'd better spend a few days working in the field. I'll be out in the field this week as well, because we're busy as bees this month. I'll probably blog on Friday, if I have anything interesting to say.

This photo was taken just as a thunder storm rolled in through the desert. I spent hours trying to take a decent picture of lightning, which turns out to be harder than I thought. In the future if someone shows you a picture they took of lightning, you should compliment them on their mastery of photography.

In other news, today is the birthday of Dorothy Day. She believed in (and fought for) many causes, including women's suffrage, caring for homeless, and pacifism and was jailed many times because of her beliefs. She once said, "Don't call me a saint. I don't want to be dismissed so easily."

Speaking of birthdays, my brother's fiancée had her birthday last week. Happy birthday Emmi!

Your brother,