An afternoon stroll through Chembe, Cape MaClear, Lake Malawi

 

Fat monkey business, Chembe, Cape MaClear, Lake Malawi, Malawi

Fat monkey business, Chembe, Cape MaClear, Lake Malawi, Malawi

I had a fairly productive day organising myself and Zimba. We were happily content pottering around at ‘Fat Monkeys’ camp.

Tiny praying mantis at Fat monkey resort in Chembe, Cape MaClear, Lake Malawi, Malawi

Tiny praying mantis at Fat monkey resort in Chembe, Cape MaClear, Lake Malawi, Malawi

Whilst doing morning chores, I noticed a tiny, just hatched, almost see-through Praying Mantis hunting even smaller insects. In fact, it was the shadow that the morning sun cast on this tiny predator, that caught my eye. Small things in life make a big difference. 

Kids, water and sun in Chembe, Cape Maclear, Lake Malawi, Malawi

Kids, water, and sun in Chembe, Cape Maclear, Lake Malawi, Malawi

The midday heat eased early afternoon and sunlight was perfect for a walk through Chembe village. Let’s see what happens, right? I was in for a treat, I didn’t see coming.

Tiger princess looking rather cute in Chembe, Cape Maclear, Lake Malawi, Malawi

Tiger princess looking rather cute in Chembe, Cape Maclear, Lake Malawi, Malawi

I walked along the beach and found this little princess in a tiger costume.

Tigers and ducks in Chembe, Cape Maclear, Lake Malawi, Malawi

Tigers and ducks in Chembe, Cape Maclear, Lake Malawi, Malawi

She got a bit bored with her mum doing the washing, and decided to do her own.

Panango fishermen on net repairs in Chembe, Cape Maclear, Lake Malawi, Malawi

Panango fishermen on net repairs in Chembe, Cape Maclear, Lake Malawi, Malawi

A couple of fishermen sat on the beach, a few meters apart, creating a new net. For Panango, a large predator fish, the older one said. The holes are bigger, letting smaller fish pass through. I like that idea.

Baobab in middle of Chembe village, Cape Maclear, Lake Malawi, Malawi

Baobab in middle of Chembe village, Cape Maclear, Lake Malawi, Malawi

There were a few Baobab trees on the ‘main street’, surrounded by traditional housing. Add bright red streets and blue skies to the lower sun, and you get a fab colour display.

Boston and his painting team in Chembe, Cape Maclear, Lake Malawi, Malawi

Boston and his painting team in Chembe, Cape Maclear, Lake Malawi, Malawi

I was carefully watched by Boston and his art paint team. If you like photos, then you like paintings! he said. He was right, as I passed his shop before, having a quick glimpse of his fantastic paintings. I said I’d return later, it’s photo time now.

Happy faces all around in Chembe, Cape Maclear, Lake Malawi, Malawi

Happy faces all around in Chembe, Cape Maclear, Lake Malawi, Malawi

What I find amusing is the fact that kids get that cheeky smirk on their faces, as soon as they see a camera. The language of the camera is clearly spoken.   

Selling small fish in Chembe, Cape Maclear, Lake Malawi, Malawi

Selling small fish in Chembe, Cape Maclear, Lake Malawi, Malawi

Some looked more anxious than others.

Stop sign in Chembe, Cape Maclear, Lake Malawi, Malawi
Stop sign in Chembe, Cape Maclear, Lake Malawi, Malawi

I just wish they stood still and don’t look too cool. Most of them smiled though. However, kids from all around happily paused their game of street football to give me a photo opportunity. Some looked more surprised than others.

Jameshaving a laugh in Chembe, Cape Maclear, Lake Malawi, Malawi

James having a laugh in Chembe, Cape Maclear, Lake Malawi, Malawi

James had a game of street tennis, not quite ‘Rolland Garros’.

Shy tennis partner, Chembe, Cape Maclear, Lake Malawi, Malawi

Shy tennis partner, Chembe, Cape Maclear, Lake Malawi, Malawi

His young friend had a model face,

Hiding behind a racket in Chembe, Cape Maclear, Lake Malawi, Malawi

Hiding behind a racket in Chembe, Cape Maclear, Lake Malawi, Malawi

hiding behind the tennis racket.

Sunset images in Chembe, Cape Maclear, Lake Malawi, Malawi

Sunset images in Chembe, Cape Maclear, Lake Malawi, Malawi

The sun was setting, time to check the shores of Lake Nyasa.

Kids net fishing in Chembe, Cape Maclear, Lake Malawi, Malawi

Kids net fishing in Chembe, Cape Maclear, Lake Malawi, Malawi

A number of kids practicing the art of netting, right against the sun.

Kids gathering at sunset in Chembe, Cape Maclear, Lake Malawi, Malawi

Kids gathering at sunset in Chembe, Cape Maclear, Lake Malawi, Malawi

Their playground turned into my playground in many different angles and camera setting.

Ghostly appearance in Chembe, Cape Maclear, Lake Malawi, Malawi

Ghostly appearance in Chembe, Cape Maclear, Lake Malawi, Malawi

The ‘painting’ setting has become a favourite photo shoot of mine at sunset.

Kids in paintings at sunset in Chembe, Cape Maclear, Lake Malawi, Malawi

Kids in paintings at sunset in Chembe, Cape Maclear, Lake Malawi, Malawi

The way the camera picks up different light in non-sunset colours, incorporating human bodies like ghosts sure pushes my camera button.

Sun reflections on kids net fishing in Chembe, Cape Maclear, Lake Malawi, Malawi

Sun reflections on kids net fishing in Chembe, Cape Maclear, Lake Malawi, Malawi

Natural, bright red colours are spectacular too.

Peace Boys Band drummers in Chembe, Cape Maclear, Lake Malawi, Malawi

Peace Boys Band drummers in Chembe, Cape Maclear, Lake Malawi, Malawi

Whilst I was busy taking photos, the ‘Peace Boys Band’ approached me,

Peace Boys Band drummer in Chembe, Cape Maclear, Lake Malawi, Malawi

Peace Boys Band drummer in Chembe, Cape Maclear, Lake Malawi, Malawi

if I could spare some money for transport costs for the football team.

Peace Boys Band performance in Chembe, Cape Maclear, Lake Malawi, Malawi

Peace Boys Band performance in Chembe, Cape Maclear, Lake Malawi, Malawi

Their Beach Boys performance sure deserved a bit of cash.

Shakin’ that ass in Chembe, Cape Maclear, Lake Malawi, Malawi

Shakin’ that ass in Chembe, Cape Maclear, Lake Malawi, Malawi

A concert on Lake Malawi, music, and dancing? Yes, please!

Fishing crew performance in Chembe, Cape Maclear, Lake Malawi, Malawi

Fishing crew performance in Chembe, Cape Maclear, Lake Malawi, Malawi

Meanwhile, the net fishing crew arrived, attracted by the commotion around me and started their own performance.

Masquerade in Chembe, Cape Maclear, Lake Malawi, Malawi

Masquerade in Chembe, Cape Maclear, Lake Malawi, Malawi

This one was more of a masquerade.

Banana boat fisherman in sea of red in Chembe, Cape Maclear, Lake Malawi, Malawi

Banana boat fisherman in a sea of red in Chembe, Cape Maclear, Lake Malawi, Malawi

The sun was sinking lower by the minute over tranquil waters when a banana boat fisherman paddled through glowing red waters.

Banana boat fisherman in paintings with eye in the sky in Chembe, Cape Maclear, Lake Malawi, Malawi

Banana boat fisherman in paintings with the eye in the sky in Chembe, Cape Maclear, Lake Malawi, Malawi

Again, the ‘painting’ setting gave different objectives. The sun appears to be a huge eyeball crying happy tears in the sky on to the lake, looking over land, water, and people.

Eye in the sky in Chembe, Cape Maclear, Lake Malawi, Malawi

Eye in the sky in Chembe, Cape Maclear, Lake Malawi, Malawi

Or just the fishing boat

Fishermen eye in the sky in Chembe, Cape Maclear, Lake Malawi, Malawi

Fishermen eye in the sky in Chembe, Cape Maclear, Lake Malawi, Malawi

which belongs to my net fisherman friend I spoke to earlier.

Beach Football in Chembe, Cape Maclear, Lake Malawi, Malawi

Beach Football in Chembe, Cape Maclear, Lake Malawi, Malawi

Next up was a Game of Beach Football. Two teams, all in goal. Whoever let the ‘homemade’  ball through is out and takes place on the bench.

Reserve bench in Chembe, Cape Maclear, Lake Malawi, Malawi

Reserve bench in Chembe, Cape Maclear, Lake Malawi, Malawi

Or boat in this case.

Banana boat fisherman passing by in Chembe, Cape Maclear, Lake Malawi, Malawi

Banana boat fisherman passing by in Chembe, Cape Maclear, Lake Malawi, Malawi

A double banana boat crew passed the seemingly fiery waters, I didn’t know where to look or take photos off.

Cheeky girl posing in Chembe, Cape Maclear, Lake Malawi, Malawi

Cheeky girl posing in Chembe, Cape Maclear, Lake Malawi, Malawi

Some cheeky teenage girls were posing in a slightly disturbing way. Let’s hope they aren’t in the group of early teenage sex activities, which is quite common in Malawi, sadly enough.

Cute girls posing in Chembe, Cape Maclear, Lake Malawi, Malawi

Cute girls posing in Chembe, Cape Maclear, Lake Malawi, Malawi

Three younger girls looking rather cute in front of my lens.

Cute locks and smiles in Chembe, Cape Maclear, Lake Malawi, Malawi

Cute locks and smiles in Chembe, Cape Maclear, Lake Malawi, Malawi

Dreadlocks, pink jumper, and a captivating smile. A photographer’s dream. 

Sunset spectacular in Chembe, Cape Maclear, Lake Malawi, Malawi

Sunset spectacular in Chembe, Cape Maclear, Lake Malawi, Malawi

My adrenaline was still pumping through my veins when I got back to Zimba. I took 250 photos in about two hours. A stressful, but rewarding experience. It’s hard to even explain this afternoon happening, it just did. One of those unexpected moments glorious photo opportunities left, right and center.

Playful kids all around in Chembe, Cape Maclear, Lake Malawi, Malawi

Playful kids all around in Chembe, Cape Maclear, Lake Malawi, Malawi

Seeing these happy kids just shows how friendly locals are here at Cape Maclear. Showing them the photos after explains the language of the camera. A language I speak well. 

Zimba at full moon under the mango tree in Chembe, Cape Maclear, Lake Malawi, Malawi

Zimba at full moon under the mango tree in Chembe, Cape Maclear, Lake Malawi, Malawi

The moon was so bright meanwhile, it lit up the beach and waters. Zimba was happy under the moon of love, hidden away under his mango tree.

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