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Jobs are scarce in Zanzibar, especially for women. Eking out a living is back-breaking work and is a testament to patience. I was curious what this woman was digging out of the sand this morning. After all, I thought that most women here were just seaweed farmers. She is actually. It turned out that since it was not low tide, she cannot harvest seaweed. So the the water is too high for tide differences in East Africa are about 8 meters (compare that to the 1 meter in the Philippines!). So instead of being idle, she was recovering coconut husk that she buried 4 to 6 months ago. The coconut coir fibers she "processed" are apparently already “ripe” for harvesting. When they are this soft and pliant, the fibers can already be wound as rope or sold as mattress fill.

Paje beach, Southeast Zanzibar, Tanzania, East Africa

on being featured in The Glimpse ( part 1 and 2), a 5-man photo exhibit (blogged in )
Date: 2005-11-08 21:05:57

Coconut husk coir processing rope mattress work livelihood women woman Paje beach sand sun sea colors labor Zanzibar Tanzania Africa Guten-Tag remove-gtag harvesting harvest poverty

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this is so beautiful!
don2g 2005-11-08 21:08:59
Back breaking work. ARCH.
tehama 2005-11-08 21:09:06
Wow such a beautiful scene very well captured Farl. Love the different colors in the water and the sky. Her dress adds a beautiful contrast to the overall appearance.
Sunshine Aurora 2005-11-08 21:11:28
wow bai!
estan 2005-11-08 21:11:45
Boso 2005-11-08 21:14:24
Farl, what were you doing in Tanzania?! This picture is beautiful. I do wish I could see a bit more details of the woman too, her clothes are also eye-catching! The beach, the ocean though ... had me from the first click! :O)
trite support 2005-11-08 21:15:23
wow Farl nindot kaayo!!!!
wantet 2005-11-08 21:20:30
beautiful! a very moving picture.. i also like the contrast of the woman with the bright colors of the sky and the sea :-)
past ring 2005-11-08 21:34:50
A resourceful woman indeed! Beauty on many levels
imagepeace 2005-11-08 22:53:47
beautiful shot and interesting infos! Take care farl!
Merly *Sunflower* Busy *on and off* 2005-11-08 22:55:45
Wonderful...lovet this shot Farl!
Bernard-SD 2005-11-08 22:57:25
look at the colour of the see... amazing.. great shot.
Nav A. 2005-11-08 23:29:08
browsing thru farl's photos feels like flipping thru the pages of national geographic magazines! dont you think so, people?
primarita 2005-11-09 00:28:40
Paradise, WOW!
savory day 2005-11-09 01:09:49
very nice shot
jd (A) 2005-11-09 02:08:23
Amazing picture and story Farl.
Joe Cashin Photography(Thanks for 10 Million views 2005-11-09 02:47:19
ymoon 2005-11-09 05:32:23
I love the story and the picture. :)
Robyn's Nest 2005-11-09 06:16:59
Great photo and informative post! :-)
manuelviloria 2005-11-09 08:01:59
Yes, I also love the story and picture.
nostalgic range 2005-11-09 10:24:05
marvelous Farl! Got a new camera?
edzpal 2005-11-09 15:46:19
Salamat everyone! This too is a strange moment for me too. Capturing life's struggles is a bit difficult sometimes.

edzpal, yes I have a new Rebel which I am still struggling! Not complaining though.

sarah, I am here for work! Just look up for my pics tagged with "seaweed"- that's what I do.
Farl 2005-11-09 20:06:09
that's is good that you provided the background story to this photo. the photo itself is good.
Metronomad 2005-11-09 21:36:29
What a place they live in, shame in such bad condition. Anyway that's a very good piece of travel commentary Mr. Farl :)
Andrea.Sardu 2005-11-10 00:26:48
And here we'd just throw the coconut husks away. Thanks for showing a new (old) use for coconuts!
shimmertje 2005-11-10 00:57:17
farl, a classic.
hokulea 2005-11-10 02:41:59
now i have decided to go there someday, maybe my next vacation.
maybemaq 2005-11-10 05:24:43
Amazing shot!
Wen Nag (aliasgrace) 2005-11-10 06:07:03
Your pictures are always filled with life and color. That shade of emerald green in the sea is to die for!
soniaesse 2005-11-10 09:14:35
Sand + Sea + Woman + other details + Farl + Rebel = PERFECT SHOT
[2]rokbot[2]y 2005-11-11 08:10:13
beautiful horizon the clouds are perfect, nice story too!
sandunga 2005-11-11 08:41:49
yikes! you can give those national geographic photogs a pretty good scare farl :D
elated yam 2005-11-13 14:51:37
A beautiful story and a beautiful image.
bingbing 2005-11-14 12:16:29
Colorful natural scene, interesting details!
1stknoell 2005-11-14 13:18:20
it's great to hear all your kind words especially on the story behind the pic. I really am thankful.
Farl 2005-11-17 06:57:52
ik like your colors. here is the competition on the same beach (taken from paradise beach bungalows) accidentely taken at 1600 ISO
mr clearview 2005-11-17 20:37:16
Fulco, I could not thank you enough for posting your Zanzibar pic of the woman towing the seaweed. (And I enjoy your Zanzibar set- we took similar pics hahaha!) I go to Africa yearly for that seaweed which our company developed. I just could not time my visit on a lowtide which is the only time that they can harvest the seaweed (at high tide, the water is +8 meters! so harvesting is not possible). Besides I really cannot stay long as I have to visit all major producers in one trip.

I have to admit that I still am learning to use my Canon 350D which I just bought 3 days before my Africa trip so I felt lucky to have the shot that I have here. The settings are in the EXIF file. I also increased the shadow a bit using picasa2 software but taking the pic on a FULLY BITINGLY SUNNY day was the key.
Farl 2005-11-17 21:23:36
farl, mura naa jud ka sensor dust. ipa tanaw lang sa na imo camera for cleaning
estan 2005-11-21 12:39:43
bitaw estan. *sigh- what can one do but accept the reality of dslr...
Farl 2005-11-22 07:00:50
Farl, the pleasure is all mine. I'm glad you like it.
I bought my cam 3 weeks before Africa ;-)
mr clearview 2005-11-22 21:44:52
Fulco, empathy all right!

terima kasih banyak, kaleidoscopeGal.
Farl 2005-11-24 16:00:44
Wonderful image. Thank you for sharing it!
Sustainable Harvest International 2005-12-02 05:14:06
marika . 2006-03-14 10:50:39
thanks for your visit marika and SHI.
Farl 2006-03-14 23:54:39
Thank you for adding this shot to the interestingness pool
*Ivan* 2006-07-09 08:06:34
I just saw this photo on the interestingness pool. Fascinating photo and story.
Ramon2002 2006-07-09 12:55:58
I was struck by the beauty of this first & then by the realization that what looks from afar like tranquility can really be industry, struggle. amazing photo.
mlniel 2006-08-28 06:17:46
So beautiful indeed!
giga2 2006-08-31 06:27:45
This is the most interesting photo on Flickr with the tag 'africa'. Please consider adding it to The Interestingest! group.

Seen in a tag search. (?)
monoglot 2006-09-08 06:01:37
This is a perfect shot! 11/10
Mario Caruso 2006-09-18 17:10:24
very very wonderful!
spectacular plate 2006-09-23 18:01:30
stunning story and picture of women in africa
guuleed 2006-09-28 09:13:17
Impresionante la calidad de los colores y tonos
deadpan stage 2006-10-01 04:00:49
This is the best picture I've seen on Flickr...EVER! I love the meaning of the picture. When you see it at first sight you think "What a picture!" but when you read the meaning you fully comprehend it. I love the color, the beach, the textures, EVERYTHING! I also like the tropical atmosphere. I LOVE totally tropical atmospheres. SUPER DUPER MEGA HYPER GREAT JOB MAN!
paui94 2006-10-11 07:31:38
faves added,sunny hot pic
galabgal 2006-10-29 19:10:41
hello mr. Farl,can you look at
and say what you think about it.
Photo taken in Somalia (Merca) miles far from Zanzibar but the same light.Tks
galabgal 2006-11-04 22:00:52
Great shot and informative.
h . m a n s 2006-12-05 11:39:02
I just came across this photo today! Wow. Excellent.
absorbed knowledge 2006-12-12 00:43:21
Farl,wonderful colors,great capture!!!

By way-do you know,what is -most interesting- image with tag:'Africa'?
Vít Hassan 2006-12-14 22:53:52
Amazing image, and so glad you got her story and included it.

Seen in a tag search. (?)
Finstr 2006-12-15 23:37:32
The place is amazing.... Zanzibar... Would you recommend me? I´m looking for new destinations.
DURA LEX 2006-12-20 00:07:56

dura lex- I certainly will recommend Zanzibar. If you want a more distant destination, try Bali, Indonesia.
Farl 2006-12-21 05:17:03
this is a great pic
Hamad Al Mansoori Photography 2006-12-22 22:35:08
I love pictures that capture a story - very well done!
jackson09 2006-12-31 13:32:01
I loved
ragged cake 2007-01-10 22:53:29
I love the colors in this picture, the clouds, the woman, the story behind the picture. Great jobQ
ahibadi 2007-01-15 07:47:57
Beautiful shot but I do feel for that poor woman. As you say, back breaking work.
bowerhill 2007-02-13 18:29:59
You may want to donate some of your images to 'Images for Africa'!
We want to collect 'Images of Africa' that are 'free to use' according to a Creative Commons License.

Found in a search. (?)
fffriendly 2007-02-27 19:36:58
Interesting. I never knew that about their way of 'harvesting' coconut husks. Nice shot!
peace1374 2007-03-23 16:15:26
Beautiful and I really appreciate the story behind it :-)
abaft butter 2007-04-21 17:40:10
Thank you very much for a beautiful picture and the human story that goes with it.
rita banerji 2007-05-08 15:43:51
Hi, I'm an admin for a group called INDEPENDENT (post1,award3), and we'd love to have your photo added to the group.
rita banerji 2007-05-08 15:44:14
Please post at


...your AMAZING pic
makes me feel
and deserves an AWARD!!!
rita banerji 2007-05-08 16:18:36
We are proud to present this photo in the Africa showcase gallery of the Independent group.
You can see it at:
rita banerji 2007-05-08 21:42:46


...your AMAZING pic
makes me feel
and deserves an AWARD!!!
Franc Le Blanc . 2007-05-09 01:41:03
Outstanding photo. Beautiful colors. Well seen and captured.
gunnisal 2007-05-10 19:26:06
very interesting!
dear badge 2007-05-13 08:38:51


...your AMAZING pic
makes me feel
and deserves an AWARD!!!
Frizztext 2007-05-16 11:57:35
This photo has been selected for
Golden Photographer Award

Add this one to
(Please tag as GoldenPhotographer and read the rules before post).
rita banerji 2007-05-24 15:52:46
good job
¡arturii! 2007-05-24 18:43:31
Wow , the time the location the human sence , good timing and very profetional Pic , really wonderfull
Waleed Eliass 2007-05-27 23:10:58
Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Beautiful Seascapes, and we'd love to have your photo added to the group.
Valter Jacinto | Portugal 2007-07-02 05:02:41
Farl, I find you in the strangest places. i was looking for pics of africa and there i find youm but like always with an outstanding picture.
Ed_X 2007-08-03 06:05:54
Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Mujer Maravilla, and we'd love to have your photo added to the group.
Francys 2007-08-16 00:19:54
Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Beloved sea, and we'd love to have your photo added to the group.
flickrolf 2007-09-16 05:07:14
Nice shot

I saw this in Beautiful Seascapes
curreyuk 2007-09-25 15:03:53
marco.scarpellino 2007-10-13 04:30:28
great shot, I feel sorry for women in Zanzibar :( Jewelry Blog
Baltic Amber 2007-10-21 19:09:42
Ciao, sono amministratore di un gruppo chiamato Two Feet Under. Ci farebbe piacere aggiungere le tuo foto al gruppo.


...your AMAZING pic
makes me feel
and deserves an AWARD!!!
Donna Francé 2007-10-27 16:12:56
Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Cultural Boxes, and we'd love to have your photo added to the group.
Frizztext 2007-10-29 19:57:59
I invite you to join the november contest
of the group INDEPENDENT at
Frizztext 2007-11-05 01:56:14
muy buena
Gustavo Muleey 2007-11-08 04:38:05


...your AMAZING pic
makes me feel
and deserves an AWARD!!!
deadpan care 2007-11-12 20:40:35
Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Perpetual Travelers: diaries of journey/Closed to new members, and we'd love to have your photo added to the group.
deadpan care 2007-11-12 20:41:51
Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Dirty Sensors, and we'd love to have your photo added to the group.

It would fit greatly in the group ;) (sorry...)

it's however a great photo !!! :)

Found in a search. (?)
Antonio Dell'Elce 2007-11-23 22:45:45
Nice Shot !
Erkek Arkadaş 2007-12-02 20:46:43
Might be late with my comment many months, but God, the picture is beautiful.

It is unfortune that these people have such a life, but all i can say is that Zanzibaris are as beautiful in nature like their land.

Thanks for the image, Farl.
Isseh 2007-12-03 05:10:22
Selamat (malaysian)Farl! WOW! What a photo!
lorytravelforever༽♥ॐ 2007-12-03 23:17:51
That's a great looking beach. Tough life. If I were one I'd still smile everyday to the sight of that. I hope they do too.
Seen on your photo stream. (?)
outsidemanila 2007-12-15 16:07:31
And wow, you guys developed a seaweed. How cool is that!
outsidemanila 2007-12-15 16:08:58
mmm.. so beatiful colors!
Ira Panyukova Art 2007-12-18 22:35:12
wow 2007-12-19 04:02:10
Somehow this is a cruel way of life. It could be the opposite, but this is another face of deep poverty...

I was trully amazed with this picture of yours. Besides being a great capture (as usuall) it has a beatifull lanscape. It also shows a way of living and that is one of the best pictures' suject one can find!

Merry Christmas

Hugo Dreams 2007-12-21 18:31:32
Excellent Shot
Sanjeev Reddy 2008-01-06 11:56:39
Cool capture!!
felimon foto 2008-01-10 11:19:57
Man, astonishing shot! FAVE!

ps.: Whenever I am traveling and realize some dirt got into my sensor, I try keeping the aperture a little wider. From f/8 on, like for instance f/4 or even wider, you just won't see the flecks in the picture. Just happened to me on this last trip I took.
MarceloV 2008-01-11 00:59:40
Oi! Sou administrador de um grupo chamado I am PhotoShoper !!!, e nós adoraríamos ter a sua foto adicionada ao grupo.
@robbimsc 2008-01-18 01:17:27
Great picture!
Símon 2008-01-29 17:42:15
thank you for sharing, this is so hard to grasp - but a beautiful capture
F. C. Photography 2008-03-18 12:32:03
important yarn 2008-03-20 22:06:33
excellent, i like your hole work. bravo
Valadis Kostas Papadopoulos, Volos 2008-03-21 20:32:46
Very Very Nice!!!
Ci.Ma 2008-03-28 15:56:44
amazing capture. wonderful colours / composition.
avp17 2008-04-02 03:30:40
great narrative
zizwe 2008-05-07 06:56:19
PlanetEye LogoYou may want to add your photo to the group PlanetEye - travel beyond words. A very small group of photographers are being invited and the best photos will be included in a new online travel guide.
dreamtiger 2008-05-10 02:44:56
Top 20 Beaches
This is a special Beach shot!
Please add this masterpiece to Top 20 Beaches.
Follow the group rules and tag Top20Beaches
This is an excellent photo!!!
Accept this symbolic ancient prize and admit your photo to a noble contest among the finest in:
and please remember to tag this photo Ysplix
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andzer 2008-05-19 21:05:44
really great shot and your write up is interesting too
*sarah b* 2008-05-22 18:44:42
muitas cores, curti afu.
STEFENON 2008-05-25 08:14:13
Hi, I'm an admin for a group called ~Expression Of Professional Photographer~join contest [INVITED], and we'd love to have this added to the group!

Women Expression!!!
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emadivine 2008-05-29 03:48:57

Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Lavoro - Work -Trabajo, and we'd love to have this added to the group!
duastin 2008-06-12 05:52:28
Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Top 20 Beaches, and we'd love to have this added to the group!
*squall* 2008-06-13 19:05:13
This is such a beautiful picture. It speaks so much about women whether in Africa or any other part of the world. They are so hardworking and peservering......... it has beautiful colours, just like the different stages of a woman's life............
FOTO STEPS 2008-06-15 15:23:32


i love it .. beautiful ..

thanxXx ...
ego.devil 2008-06-20 01:50:37
I like your picture
uncovered fall 2008-06-22 20:17:17
Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Women Women Women, and we'd love to have this added to the group!
annapl2 2008-07-28 05:33:08
natural panoroma. real natural real love 9.planet taraşcı town pupil of the world "imaginary antibiotic" 2008-08-01 20:16:00
Please join us!!


...your AMAZING pic
makes me feel
and deserves an AWARD!!!
Sophie Rata 2008-08-09 05:50:50
Hola, soy el administrador de un grupo llamado TrashBit y nos encantaría agregar esto al grupo.
Vera Cancinos 2008-08-19 11:32:27
Phot∞m 2008-08-26 02:40:35
lovely colours
takaraa 2008-09-29 07:22:54
Sa W 2008-10-02 00:37:52
its an amazing shot.
mimuzula 2008-10-09 06:42:57
spectacular angle and composition.

Thank you for your participation in our “Poverty” Contest.
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"Fishin" Rod (off and on) 2008-10-21 23:32:13
alucinante la foto, trabajo para esta pagina tiene una monton de contenidos selectos, tenemos un monton de cosas artistas… te recomiendo que veas viajes años luz lugares inesperados
claracebrian 2008-10-25 00:05:43
Hi cool picture - I have just created a travel article on with awesome pictures based on my journey from Cairo to Capetown on a bicycle. Here are the links to each African country I cycled through:

Egypt 1 ----------------- Egypt 2 -----------Egypt - Sudan ---------- Sudan 2 --------Sudan - Ethiopia ------------ Ethiopia 2------------Ethiopia 3 ------------- Ethiopia - Tanzania ----------Tanzania 1 ------------ Malawi ---------------Zambia --------------- Zambia-Botswana ------------Namibia -------------- South Africa -------------- South Africa 2 --------- South Africa 3/ The Finish Line ----------------- My Final Chapter ----- Zanzibar .

I’d love to know what you think about the article and my images/pictures.


spider devine 2008-10-29 00:58:55
This a great photo that reminds us of how hard working our mothers are!!!!!
I have seen how women work in africa and you have done great justice to all of them by this photo.
We thank you Farl
yahyared 2008-12-31 00:39:46
Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Global Conscience, and we'd love to have this added to the group!
Bonita Jamaica 2009-01-06 00:25:06

Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Cosas de Dios / God´s Things, and we'd love to have this added to the group!
photographyfranco FRANCO 2009-02-19 04:56:32
You are invited to add this photo to group
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!Mau[...] 2009-04-11 01:22:13
Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Geotagged : Africa, and we'd love to have this added to the group!
oledoe 2009-04-17 21:55:53
Nimefurahia sana kusoma habari za maisha ya Mtanzania mwenzangu

I really loved the informations

Jesus this kind of person indeed!
please join the JULY contest
of our group INDEPENDENT
Frizztext 2009-07-18 20:43:59
marvellous documentry shot
romorga 2009-08-11 01:32:21
beautiful colors
Leonardo Bentini 2009-09-07 18:32:13
Hi, I'm an admin for a group called -Make poverty history-invited photos only, and we'd love to have this added to the group!
plastic creator 2010-03-21 00:08:40
Amazing picture
Miguel Figueras  2010-04-19 03:59:29
Life is not so great for some as it is for others
We must have compassion for our less fortunate brothers!

Wonderful photo!

Found in a search. (?)
Luke-rative 2010-07-06 10:43:45
Nice shot.
Tiensche 2010-10-03 22:33:26
aggiungi direttamente la tua foto nei topic partecipando ai concorsi !
add your photo directly in the topic by participating in competitions !

You are welcome to enjoy our challenges
partecipa ai nostri contest

noi ti aspettiamo !!! we are waiting for you !!!


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