The Bemba term for “natural resources” is ifilengua na lesa. Literally, “God’s resources.” Zambia’s Northern Province, where I live, may not boast amazing topography (it’s mainly one big plateau), but it has a beauty all its own.
Slow, meandering rivers still overflow each season into their natural floodplains. Interesting insects, birds, lizards, and small wildlife abound – even if the big animals are virtually extinct outside a few game reserves and national parks. Forests still cover most of the landscape. Extensive wetlands provide sweeping views. Even the slashed-and-burned fields have their own eerie beauty – especially at dawn and dusk.
In short, we are blessed.
My first scorpion sighting in Zambia – in my house, of course.
Moth on the reed mat in my nsaka.
My favorite tree: the big landmark mpundu, halfway between Mfuba and Lubushi. Fresh fruit bonus on the bike ride!
A creek along the Mfuba-Luena road.
Ba Bernardi and Ba Evans atop Mfuba’s “mountain.”
One of the crazy-long millipedes that I love and the kids regard with horror.
Vine-covered tree trunk outside Luwingu.
Dragonfly on my brick wall.
These beautiful flowers have popped up all over the burned patches of forest around Mfuba.
Rocks! Such outcroppings are NOT common in NoPro, so Adam & I were stoked when we found out about these, right outside Kasama. Fun scrambling ensued.
Fishing boats along a canal in Nsombo, on the marshy eastern edge of Lake Bangweulu.
Mumpa caterpillars devouring the tree leaves in my yard.
Big, black locust.
September colors from the front porch, with my favorite tree (Mpasa) at left.
Girls of Mfuba, playing on a recently chopped-down tree. (I was told it was shading out a small orange tree, so it just had to go.)
This fire was set to flush out a snake found in the area.
Beautiful dried flower in Mfuba’s wetland.
Cool, green-headed lizards that can be found all over Mfuba – if you look fast.
Lukulu River and wetlands in flood. My favorite spot along the ride from Mfuba to Kasama.
Crescent moon seen through the branches of a dead tree in my yard.
Locust in the doorway of the NoPro house. This guy was at least 10 cm long, and his wings looked exactly like leaves.
Path down to Mfuba’s dambo.
Inyense. An (apparently delicious) edible insect.
Cinsamba caterpillars are NOT edible. The kids won’t even touch them.
Seed pod of an mpasa tree. They’re bigger than my hand.
Sunrise from the road out to the tarmac, taken in late October (dry season). That time of year, I had to leave for Kasama VERY early in the morning to avoid the searing heat.
Mutondo tree flowers smell amazing, too.
Mfuba’s wetland, about 2K from my house. A peaceful getaway.
Spider webs on my garden fence, covered in morning dew.
River near Erica’s village, Ipusukilo.
Sunrise over a slashed-and-burned field on an early-morning bike ride out of Mfuba.
A branch of the “Mfuba River.” I’d call it a creek.
Can’t remember the name of the fuzzy caterpillars at left, but next to it are two mumpa and one cinamunkakankaka (say that one three times fast.)
Sunset behind an abandoned building in the village of Nsombo.
Rock outcrops outside Kasama.
Winged termites emerging from one of the many holes in my walls and hard-packed dirt yard.
Storm clouds behind my nsaka.
Very cool locust.
Gaboon viper, and the machete that did it in.
Rocks outside Kasama.
Storm rolling in over my front yard.
Ants devouring a bug. Not sure if they killed it, or found it dead.
Amasuku fruits on a low-hanging branch.
Sunset at the dambo.
A cool bug that landed on my shirt.
Lizard hiding in a tree trunk.
Unusually hilly dambo area near fellow PCV Evan’s village of Malonda.
Flame-colored flowers emerging after a fire.
First rain storm of the season, pouring down on my yard and garden (right).