“My Surprise”

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Through Harold’s Lens:

Last night
Before our date.

You gave me a red rose
You kissed me tenderly.

You kneeled
You gently lifted my left hand

You looked into my eyes
You said “will you marry me?”

You slipped a diamond on my finger

Your eyes glistened
Tears rolled down my cheeks
I leaned and kissed you gently.

I whispered “yes!”

Today
Brunch in a Belgium Cafe
You savoring a delicious beer
I savoring you.

I dreamed of our life together

Our children
To be
Our home
To be

Our life values
Our education values
Our religious values
How we love to be with each other.

Our tenderness
Our touch.

Our care
Our concern.

Our love.

“In sickness and in health
Until death do us part”

“Sexy Wrap”

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ARGENTINA Through Harold’s Lens:

Blackness enveloped our private cabin deep in the Argentina woods.

Soft pine branches brushed the roof. Candles flickered their specs of light off a crushed leather sofa. Pine logs crackled in the fireplace.

The soft, soothing sounds of Love Me Tender. The King!

I sat on the warm animal skin rug in front of the glow. A bottle of red. Uncorked. Two crystal wine glasses. Where were you?

Slowly, from the darkened doorway, your long tanned legs first appeared. Barefoot. Slinking, you walked towards me. Arms surrounding a tan, deeply furred wrap across your bare upper body. Yellow necklace tucked into cleavage.

Slowly you sat down besides me.

Fade to black.

“‘Round And ‘Round”

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ARGENTINA Through Harold’s Lens:

“Want to play around?”, she coos in your ear.

Only in this wild, funky, music saturated town, where the jest and the joke are commonplace, are you musically and mischiefly entertained by a pair of 33s dangling off a pretty woman’s neck.

What a sassy town!

“How To Do It”

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TANZANIA Through Harold’s Lens:

Hypnotic music.

Pounding drums.

The slow daily life of other Maasai from the tribal village all around.

This little guy captures it all from the vista of his Mom’s back.

“Ring Of Thorns”

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TANZANIA Through Harold’s Lens:

550 Pounds Of Hungry Meat Eating Beast.

4’ feet high.

8’ feet long.

Kills by strangulation.

Eats 15’ pounds of raw meat a day.

Stalks your livestock and family outside the open door of your hut every night.

You protect yourself from the Lion with what nature provides. Cutting branches from acacia trees, with their 3” long thorns that do not bend, the Maasai weave a 6’ tall thorn fence around their villages on the Serengeti.

“Rings Of Regal Attire”

Rings Of Regal Attire. The Maasai.
TANZANIA Through Harold’s Lens:

Out on the Serengeti, I found the draping of the Maasai beaded jewelry to be works of art.

Dressed in red sheets, (shuka), wrapped around their bodies with loads of beaded jewelry placed around their necks and arms, their appearance was one of regality. The beaded jewelry is worn by both men and women and may vary in color depending on the occasion.

“Awaits Her Warrior”

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TANZANIA Through Harold’s Lens:

The Serengeti’s late afternoon sun cast long black shadows through the sharp thorn fence surrounding her village.

Menacing black spikes grew in front of her on the vast bare earth.

The Maasai woman stood absolutely iron statue still for hours outside the front door of her one room circular home built with mud, grass, wood and cow dung. Her eyes were focused to the East.

She was waiting for her warrior husband to return from the veld.

“Warrior To Be”

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TANZANIA Through Harold’s Lens:

Wearing traditional white chalk paste in circles around his eyes, this young 15-year old Maasai boy is celebrating his completion of the three main rites of passage of the Maasai.

“Matriarch”


TANZANIA Through Harold’s Lens:

The creative talents of the Maasai are passed down from generation to generation. The jewelry is always made by the Maasai women. Relatives and fellow tribe members help each other.

“Beauty Of The Bead”


TANZANIA Through Harold’s Lens:

The Maasai love creating their craftsmanship. I could not photograph enough of it.

The Maasai women came up to me.

Thanked me for shooting photos of them and their colorful jewelry.

Hung a necklace or wristband on me.

The jewelry now resides in our home.

“Mom’s Back”


TANZANIA Through Harold’s Lens:

Very interesting how the Massai woman carry their babies behind them like this. In many parts of the undeveloped world, the babies are carried in front next to their warm, beating heart.

“Our Beauty”


TANZANIA Through Harold’s Lens:

I find it absolutely amazing that these Maasai women can create all of this beautiful jewelry out in the middle of the Serengeti, living in mud huts, surrounded by a very large thorn bush fence to protect them from the wild lions. And, these very small villages have absolutely no utilities.

“Our Culture”


TANZANIA Through Harold’s Lens:

To answer a question I have been asked a few times.

Yes, both Maasai men and women have holes in both their ears. It forms a major focus for jewelry as the elongated ear lobes are hung with beaded and metal ornaments.

Maasai start this when they are very young.

A slit is made in their ears and wooden plugs are inserted to stretch the slit lobe. As the slit opens more into a hole the plugs increase in size.

“Pondering Life”


TANZANIA Through Harold’s Lens:

Watching her stand outside her very simple home, I wondered if this elderly Maasai woman was hoping that in 50 years, the life and rich culture of her Massai tribe and culture will still exist as it always has been.

“Love My Tribe”


TANZANIA Through Harold’s Lens:

I don’t speak “Maa”. The language of the Maasai.

I told my Maasai bi-lingual guide to tell this Maasai woman that she was very beautiful and I loved her jewelry.

She blushed and laughed.

I clicked.

Loved it!

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