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This picture was initially supposed to be of my porter (in the distance), set against the magnificent backdrop of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. At the moment that I snapped my picture, a second porter passed me and glanced back. Having him in the picture was a complete accident (which is why he is out of focus), but I like the effect.

To treck through this national park, tourists are required to have an army escort of 4 soldiers (to protect the tourists from being kidnapped by guerillas from the Congo). Seeing the soldiers with their guns (taking up the head and rear of our group) was a constant reminder of danger potentially lurking in the jungle. We were very quiet for the 18km treck.

Isn't it ironic that gorilla and guerilla are pronounced the same...yet the animals I visited were more civilized than the people who cross the Ugandan border in the hopes of snatching a "Muzungu" with lots of cash...but I digress.

I don't expect this pic to be a popular one on the site, but hey...this isn't about points anyway right? I think that the expression on his face and the lack of contrast add to the moody feeling of the photo, and reminds me of a beautiful, yet intimidating march through the jungle.

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