Great Hike, Interesting Day For Photography – Asheton Mariyam Rock Church
by John Downey
After hours of uploading these, I decided to cut a lot of commentary. Hopefully, these images will walk you through six hours of hiking from Lalibela to Asheton Mariyam rock church; this one sits atop a precipice at 3100m. Passers by usually allowed me to photograph. Along the way, I removed a bug from someone’s eye, happened on some unlikely guides, Malek and Fikru, shouldering painful loads below, and witnessed some amazingly green mountain fields.
Stopping at this tree and waterfall, a sudden rant from who knows how many children erupted from the hills. “Hellohellohellohello…!!!” “Moneymoneymoneymoney!!!! Moooooneeeeeeey!” I never saw anyone against the steep hill and rocks. After a few minutes, I started laughing. Jokingly, Malek and Fikru joined in.
High priest at Asheton Mariyam with the bronze cross of King Lalibela.