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Ethiopia - Amphibious Road by phoenix2k Ethiopia - Amphibious Road by phoenix2k
I might have to explain the title a little bit ... I called this Amphibious Road, because during the rainy season in Ethiopia this whole area gets covered with water, so cars and trains (note the tracks on the right) can't pass through here. It's kind of inconvenient since this is the only asphfalt road running through this region as well as the only railway in the whole country (starting from the capital Addis Ababa and running through all the way to the neighboring country Djibouti).

There was another reason for the name as well. Amphibians like snakes and crocodiles tend to move in a very mysterious ways, kind of like the lines in the picture. I don't know why the lines are like that, I definitely didn't do anything to the picture to make them look like that! Maybe the water does something to the material when it's submerged under water or maybe the Chinese construction workers screwed up, I don't know =p

That was another funny thing I learned about Ethiopia. Most projects like roads, water pipes, schools and things like that are actually being built/managed by foreign nations and companies. The Chinese and Japanese are aiding the country in the construction of proper asphfalt roads, other countries like France and Finland are helping out with their water supplies and power facilities.

Ethiopia's a country where everyone seems to get along, and it's not a coincidence knowing how welcoming most of them are :)

Anyway, just thought I'd share this one with you. Lemme know what you think! ;)

Some PS editing mainly levels and contrast, but I also had to adjust the colors a bit since the original came out a bit strange for some reason ... must have been the ND4 filter I was using!

Enjoy! :D

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PurpleAmharicCoffee Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2009
Bring on the Amphibious Car!
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ViceKing Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2008
nice.
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danzdayz Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2006
Nice shot!
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danzdayz Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2006
Nice shot!
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essey Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2005   Photographer
Nice shot, and good informative description!
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Whippeh Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
Wonderful perspecitve - I've really enjoyed reading the details on your trip - another great shot :clap:
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