Dawn to Dusk – the splendor of West African skies

Dusk over the River Gambia, Tendaba, The Gambia, West Africa © Jason Florio

Just one of the many things that we love about being down in West Africa is the sky…especially the dawn and dusk skies. Stupefyingly brilliant, incomparable, sunrises and sunsets – and we aren’t talking light pollution here (due to their being very little electricity supply, if any, in most places). This is natural beauty, in its truest form.

It’s not just the spectacular colours……… it’s also the real sense of peace, an inner stillness, that one feels when walking along at dawn with the sounds of the bush waking up around you – a sound which reaches a crescendo as the sun rises higher through the dawn sky. And, despite the cacophony of chitter, chattering birds, monkeys, farting goats and donkeys (yes, really) – and whatever else is out there in the bush that you can’t see and/or really don’t want to see – there is still that over-riding sense of all being well with the world.

Here are just a smattering – of many – images from various visits down to The Gambia. We can’t wait to get back there…to stare, transfixed in wonderment, at these skies again.

Ever the photographer: Florio surveys the beauty – crossing the river at Kalaji, The Gambia, West Africa © Helen Jones-Florio

That sense of peace – H on the road at dawn, The Gambia, West Africa © Jason Florio

Helen – dusk over Mandina Balong, Makasutu, The Gambia, West Africa © Jason Florio

Kunta Kinteh Island (James Island), Juffereh, The Gambia, West Africa © Jason Florio

Florio leaving Kunta Kinteh Island (James Island), Juffereh, The Gambia, West Africa © Helen Jones-Florio

H and the ‘Short Walk’ expedition team cross the river at Kalaji, The Gambia, West Africa © Jason Florio

If you would like to see more images from The Gambia, please visit our other blog – ‘A Short walk in the Gambian Bush - 930m African odyssey’ or check out ‘Expedition Africa

Florio, a multi-award-winning photographer, will no doubt be producing some stunning work whilst we are on the forthcoming River Gambia Expedition (we are hoping to leave for West Africa in a few short weeks – at last!). If you would like to get involved in ‘An Exchange’ - donations for Jason Florio’s limited edition fine art photography prints, taken whilst we are in Guinea, Senegal and The Gambia, please check out this link, or watch Florio tell all about it, here on YouTube

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Here’s just one of many images, which were available, as prints, to those people who supported ‘An Exchange’ on out last expedition in 2009 – A Short Walk in the Gambian Bush – a 930km African odyssey, when Florio produced an award-winning body of work: portraits of Gambian village chiefs and elders (which were also available to our donors, to choose their favourite print from)

James Island at dusk, Juffereh, The Gambia, West Africa © Jason Florio

We hope you enjoy following the journey with us – we’ll be updating regularly with road stories and images galore.

More soon!

The Florios