The last stop on my latest Europe/Africa trip was Mauritius. This was my first visit to Mauritius and I was struck by the similarity to Fiji – both in terms of the scenery (both are volcanic islands), the vegetation (lots of sugar cane and bananas growing on the rich brown soil) and the people (a substantial proportion of the population in both countries is of Indian descent – 68% in Mauritius and 44% in Fiji). Mauritius is more developed than Fiji though, having had a stable, democratically elected government since it gained independence in 1968.
Although Mauritius is part of Africa, it feels more like a mix of Asia and the south Pacific. Having been both a French and British colony in the past, many educated people speak both French and English, but most people speak just Mauritian Creole (which is derived from French) and about 20% speak Bhojpuri (which is a widely spoken Indian language).
This shot was taken looking over some fields from which the sugar cane had recently been cut. Sugar cane is grown on about 90% of the cultivated land and accounts for about 25% of export earnings, but these days offshore financial services are earning almost as much with a lot of foreign investment in India and China being channeled through Mauritius. Combined with an expanding industrial and tourism base, Mauritius now has one of the highest per capita incomes in Africa.
This was taken on the road between Montagne Longue and Nouvelle Decouverte. I’ve shown the location as Montagne Longue, but I wasn’t sure where the boundary between the two districts was. If any of the Mauritian TEers believe I have that wrong, please let me know and I will correct it.
PP: Increased contrast slightly and sharpened.
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vincz (19113) 2006-10-14 12:59
Very good shot of Mauritus. I went there on a couple of occasion and the feeling you transmit through your picture is very consistent with what I kept in mind especiallt these mountains with the sugar canes plantations. I like the bus which gives the scale and a touch human activity. Thanks very much, it is a really goos shot.
siolaw (38254) 2006-10-14 13:13
A fine POV on the cane plantations and village.. nice compo and good timing to have the bus right in that small prtion of road..Colors and sharpness are superb
Floydian (30970) 2006-10-14 13:50
A great view, your pov is excellent..!!!
The detail in the grassland, the eye leading compostion to the mountains and as cream on the cake the very colourful bus...it all fits perfectly.
A great shot...perfect work.
Kenny10pin (19301) 2006-10-15 5:45
very nice shot, I like the bus especially because it stands out like a sore thumb, well done
colinbrenchley (6431) 2006-10-15 5:53
Excellent shot of Mauritius countryside - you have capture the atmosphere perfectly with good lighting conditions.
Rinie_Hoff (9340) 2006-10-15 17:19
Hello David,it's especially the title that makes me open the thumbnail, as it is reminding me of that delicious Brazilian drink cachaça, which is used to make the even lovelier cocktail Caipirinha.
No, honestly, this is a gorgeous landscape, David. The mountains in the background are very beautiful, the white village is a nice touch, and the colourful bus breaks this green colour pattern very well.
You're blessed by being able to compare these exotic areas, David. I envy you a bit. Maybe I should become a journalist too...
vedra (0) 2006-10-16 4:32
Interesting image. I especially like the clouds hidden behind the hills and inclusion of the yellow bus in the foreground. Nice composition, too, covering several aspect of the life in the area, such as agriculture, transportation, residential etc.
feather (51130) 2006-10-16 4:59
Most of the images from Mauritius are from the coast, so this is showing me something new. You had a good POV to show both the crops and a village bordered by the mountains. Even the inclusion of the bus is a wonderful addition to the scene. Good work David.
pboehringer (770) 2006-10-17 0:01
Wonderful rural mauritian landscape with those old, extinguished volcano cones in the background and the sugarcane and trees in the middlefield and foreground. The yellow bus gives an excellent contrast.
Best Regards, Peter
John_F_Kennedy (42062) 2006-10-17 3:41
Good and interesting perspective, nice colours, light and fine sharpness.
npecanhuk (63470) 2009-05-29 7:52
I really like this picture1
Sharpness is excellent, exposure is totally correct, colors are naturally beautiful, depth of field is great, the pov was very well chosen and you cleverly composed this image! Thus, this attractive landscape has turned out to be such a lovely photograph!
I specially enjoyed the shapes of the mountains in the background! The colorful bus is also a highlight here!
TFS - congratulations!
My warmest regards,
- Copyright: David Astley (banyanman) (7789)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2006-10-03
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Nikon D100, Nikkor AF-S 24-120/3.5-5.6G ED, Circular PL
- Exposure: f/13.0, 1/100 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2006-10-14 12:53