Weekly Photo Challenge – Humanity

“Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity.”

Horace Mann

(7 photos)



Last week I responded to the “Adventure” challenge with some favorite wildlife photographs from our African safari.  It seems only appropriate then, that I respond to this week’s “Humanity” challenge with some favorite captures of the people we encountered on that same journey. Above, the expression on the face of a fisherman in Cape Town reflects the challenge of a difficult life. On the other hand, his son’s smile exemplifies the carefree exuberance of youth. A family that could be found anywhere in the world, demonstrating a classic parent/child dynamic.

After capturing the father and son, I was compelled to photograph the mother, seen below. What do you suppose was on her mind as I caught here in such serious thought?



“The ‘norm’ for humanity is love.”

Jack D. Forbes

We also visited a local community nearby, where my attention was drawn to this scene.  I felt the woman’s pose within her environment told an eloquent story.



“No matter what is happening in the world, I continue to believe in humanity.”

Britt Skarbanek

We spent several hours with some local children in a nearby school.  Here, two of the wide-eyed students observing us as we observed them.



“Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.”

Dalai Lama XIV

After school, we saw three young friends experiencing the joy of finishing the day’s work.  Although it could be anywhere USA, this happy group of kids is headed home from school in South Africa.



“What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity.”

Joseph Addison

During our community visit, some of the residents graciously shared with us their customs and daily chores. Below, a woman who taught us how grains are processed to make one of the staples of the local diet using the long pole she handled so deftly. Several of the more adventurous among us sampled the fruits of her labor 🙂



“Where humanity sowed faith, hope, and unity, joy’s garden blossomed.”


Finally, one of my favorite people of all time, our guide in Botswana, Ezekiel. Full of life, exuberance, joy and love, Ezekiel introduced us to the glory that is Africa. His smile never dimmed, his knowledge of the land and the beautiful creatures who inhabit it led us to love it as much as he did –  gift for which I will be forever grateful.



“The greatness of humanity is not in being human, but in being humane.”

Mahatma Ghandi

A famous quote by Maya Angelou seems particularly appropriate for this week’s challenge. “Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.” Words to travel by, don’t you think?

Want to check in on some other bloggers’ views of humanity?  Click here.

127 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge – Humanity

  1. Having “lived” with Ezekiel for three days how could I not love that face the most……..but those kids…….future and school…….great shots. Way to go girl.

  2. Brilliant post and such a successful series of photos to answer the challenge. You’ve catered the very spirit and soul of each individual (not always as easy as one might think).

  3. Beautifully done, Tina! Thanks for your comments on my current blog post. I will let you in on a secret. I live in North Carolina just 3 hours from Myrtle. 🙂 It is our most frequent vacation spot and we’ve come to love Cherry Grove at North Myrtle. We love the South Carolina coast!! We’ve been to Hilton Head, Charleston, and Edisto. Gosh, wouldn’t it be great to meet some time!! You never know!

    • We could make that happen Alexandria! Charleston is wonderful in the fall. But then again, so is North Carolina! We just had to cancel a planned trip to the Linville area for some foliage :-(. Don’t get much of that down here 😦

      • Will definitely keep that in mind and let you know when we are in the area. P.S. You need to go up to Myrtle and let my Aloha friends take you parasailing. They are a seriously amazing crew and will give you more than your money’s worth, plus treat you like family!! Their beards are a bit wild-looking but trust me, it’s all window dressing. 🙂
        If you do, tell them I sent you!

  4. That quote by Maya Angelou … oh what a woman she was, and is in memory and influence.
    Tina, these photos express such a range of emotion and reflect the joys and challenges in life.

  5. I will always admire, respect, and love the thoughts of Maya Angelou…
    however, this week, my favorite quote in your collection is this one:

    ““The greatness of humanity is not in being human, but in being humane.”
    Mahatma Ghandi

    I think the world should collectively stop, take a very deep breath, and in unison…
    resound with Ghandi’s words shouted from head, heart, and soul…

  6. I am so completely delighted with all of them! Red Bandanna describes motherly affection & compassion , I love
    the way she smiles demurely.
    So rightly chosen for this theme, your photos and quotes are perfect !

  7. A wonderful gallery Tina, full to the brim with “humanity”. I particularly love your description of Ezekiel… “Full of life, exuberance, joy and love…” for I feel this is the perfect description of your blog 🙂

  8. Tina, fabulous photos….especially Father and Son and Red Bandana. And your choice of quotes should be re-posted and re-tweeted over and over and over until we get it.

  9. All lovely shots and well chosen quotes, especially Mann, Ghandi and Angelou. I liked your opening with the father and son, for me it expresses the ups and downs of the human experience as week as parent/child.

  10. Not even going to try to chose, Tina, as far as the photos go. But that closing quote is wonderful and one of the reasons I love to travel and talk to people (when possible as far as language goes.)


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