Konyaks, the head-hunters of Nagaland, India

Konyaks, head-hunters of Nagaland, India

Konyaks, head-hunters of Nagaland, India

Konyak tribal people – once fearsome warriors and head-hunters, now dying-out culture of Nagaland, northeast India. They are recognised by their facial and body tattoos, their age is seldom confirmed, but estimated from 80 to over 100 years. It is believed that in 10 or 15 years these Konyak head-hunters will be buried beneath Christian headstones in the mountain villages and since their history is not stored in any pleadings, the living memories of their unique cultural existence will disappear for ever.

Khumhi, about 80-year old head-hunter lives in the village of Longwa and spends most of the day chewing betel nuts and smoking opium.

Khumhi, about 80-year old head-hunter lives in the village of Longwa and spends most of the day chewing betel nuts and smoking opium.


Matsuo Basho on Kyoto

“In Kyoto,
hearing the cuckoo,
I long for Kyoto.“

About Crete

 

Sunset at aus Bay, Crete

Sunset at Balus Bay, Crete

There is a land called Crete in the midst of the wine-dark sea, a fair land and a rich, begirt with water, and therein are many men innumerable, and ninety cities.

– Homer (fl. 850 B.C.), The Odyssey –

Chania port, Crete

Chania port, Crete

Old town of Chania after sunset, Crete

Old town of Chania after sunset, Crete

“I wonder if Socrates and Plato took a house on Crete during the summer.”

― Woody Allen, Love and Death –

Balos Bay, Crete

Balos Bay, Crete

“The people of Crete unfortunately make more history than they can consume locally.”

– Saki –

Workout in Balos Bay, Crete

Workout in Balos Bay, Crete

We, who are dying, are doing better, than they, who will live. For Crete doesn’t need householders, she needs madmen like us. These madmen make Crete immortal.
– Nikos Kazantzakis –

There is a waterfall in every dream…

Rainbow over Seljalandsfoss waterfall, Iceland

Landscape of Iceland, Rainbow over Seljalandsfoss waterfall, Iceland

“There is a waterfall in every dream. Cool and crystal clear, it falls gently on the sleeper, cleansing the mind and soothing the soul.”
― Virginia Alison

Shiraito waterfall, Japan

Shiraito waterfall, Japan

“When I was walking in the mountains with the Japanese man and began to hear the water, he said, ‘What is the sound of the waterfall?’ ‘Silence,’ he finally told me.”
― Jack Gilbert, Collected Poems

Yorkshire dales water walk, England

Yorkshire dales water walk, England

“There is a hidden message in every waterfall. It says, if you are flexible, falling will not hurt you!”
― Mehmet Murat ildan

Couple under Skogafoss waterfall, Iceland

Couple under Skogafoss waterfall, Iceland

“When the moonlight and the waterfall come together, all other things fade from the scene!”
― Mehmet Murat ildan

Aerial view of the Victoria Falls, Zambia

Aerial view of the Victoria Falls, Zambia

“Do not feel sad for your tears as rocks never regret the waterfalls”
― Munia Khan

New Hampshire, USA

New Hampshire, USA

“Many a calm river begins as a turbulent waterfall, yet none hurtles and foams all the way to the sea.”
– Mikhail Lermontov

Mumlava waterfall, Czech Republic

Mumlava waterfall, Czech Republic

“Water is the driving force of all nature.”
– Leonardo da Vinci


Photo gallery of waterfalls around the world

 

 

Schools in Sudan

 

School in Sudan

Girl school in Sudan

On my travels around the world, I always strive to peer into the local schools – to see the country´s future. In northern Sudan, I visited several basic schools, mainly in the rural areas. I was always left speechless by the warm welcome by both teachers and students. Not only did they let me take photos during classes, chatted with me, sang songs – quite often they invited me for a cup of coffee or even for lunch. What a beautiful people!