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 By: Paul de Beukelaar  
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Photographer Paul de Beukelaar  Paul de Beukelaar {Karma:26449}
Project N/A Camera Model Canon Powershot S50
Categories Portrait
Film Format Digital JPEG
Portfolio Lens Carl Zeiss
Uploaded 6/17/2008 Film / Memory Type JPEG
    ISO / Film Speed
Views 577 Shutter 1/60
Favorites Aperture f/2.8
Critiques 11 Rating
/ 2 Ratings
Location City -  Khartoum
State - 
Country - Sudan   Sudan
About I got the opportunity to meet her in real.

Simple things in life are sometimes the greatest. At least most significant. Look at her beauty, the colorful clothes, the strong character expressed by her face and posture, the attention paid by a client admiring the activity of this small business. You experience the essential and meet a great person because you do not put each other in a busy agenda. It is because it is part of "life" = experience that what happens if you make other plans.

Hibiscus tea is the infusion made from the calyces (sepals) of the Hibiscus sabdariffa flower, a herbal tea drink consumed both hot and cold by people around the world. It is also referred to as roselle (another common name for the hibiscus flower), jamaica in Latin America, karkady in the Middle East, bissap in West Africa, red sorrel in the Caribbean, and other names in other countries. Hibiscus tea has a tart, cranberry-like flavor, and sugar is often added to sweeten the beverage. The tea contains vitamin C and minerals and is used traditionally as a mild medicine.

Hibiscus tea contains 15-30% organic acids, including citric acid, maleic acid, and tartaric acid. It also contains acidic polysaccharides and flavonoid glycosides, such as cyanidin and delphinidin, that give it its characteristic deep red colour.

In Africa, hibiscus tea is commonly sold on the street and the dried flowers can be found in every market. Hibiscus tea is especially popular in Sudan, where more of it is drunk than true tea, and where it is often prepared by soaking the calyces in cold water for a few days and then straining the result.

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There are 11 Comments in 1 Pages
Paul de Beukelaar Paul de Beukelaar   {K:26449} 6/19/2008
Thank you Stan.
With all privilege to travel and to get in touch with so many socially "respected" people, sometimes at high status positions, I get always most humble by meeting exceptional strong and courageous people like this woman. The tragic stories of war, lost children and relatives make your own worries reduce to nothing.


Stan Ciszek Stan Ciszek   {K:56854} 6/19/2008
Amazing capture,Paul.
Thanks for sharing,


Paul de Beukelaar Paul de Beukelaar   {K:26449} 6/17/2008
No worries Bobot alias 130130760, it doesn't matter so much. That what you write and what creativity is in your shots matters much more for me.
"It is only with the heart that one sees rightly; What is essential is invisible to the eye." as you cited in your profile , but I think (and observe) that many good photos escape from that rule. Many essential aspects of people and nature are made visible and even I read so much of the hearts of those who made it.


1301307 60 1301307 60   {K:44058} 6/17/2008
sorry Paul for that 1301307 60, my name is BOBOT GO, you read the numbers


Paul de Beukelaar Paul de Beukelaar   {K:26449} 6/17/2008
Yes 130130760, although I have another number in my passport and another one on my driving license as yours, thanks a lot for your positive comment.
It is true that I have the gift to spot a special woman from far away. Yesterday I focused on Jen at 700 km from home. Although chosen the right distance I pushed the button and ... the timer did not work. There is a story behind this photo in Sudan, but also behind a similar shot of Jen. Also the two stories are connected as a story.


Wolf Zorrito Wolf Zorrito   {K:78693} 6/17/2008
OK Paul, it was just funny to see Jen's tea lady and then yours, both in Sudan.
Agree, Jen is a sweety :-)


Paul de Beukelaar Paul de Beukelaar   {K:26449} 6/17/2008
Dear Surjit,
Thanks for your congrats. The full story behind this photo from Sudan is a very recent one (yesterday) although my shot dates from 2004.
Photography helps me a lot in understanding the incredible link to things that just happen and those which do not happen in an instant of time.


Paul de Beukelaar Paul de Beukelaar   {K:26449} 6/17/2008
Hi Wolf, thanks for your comment.
Unfortunately I have never traveled with Jen. I have even never met her in reality, but I'm sure I understand her very well from the gift to express her view, experience and humor. She is able to look at things with heart and transferring a message. Her travel and work inspire many others, including myself.


Surajit Mukerji   {K:3889} 6/17/2008
very interesting and informative. congrats, regards.


1301307 60 1301307 60   {K:44058} 6/17/2008
A great story on the photo and a good about, similar to Jen's about and also the lady in bright colored attire, very attractive.. you would spot this woman from as far as a kilometer away...:) The details in this capture is a story in itself, wonderful composition and documentation of this tea lady.
great shot!


Wolf Zorrito Wolf Zorrito   {K:78693} 6/17/2008
Hey, I saw this lady on Jen's portfolio, you travelled together ? Great view !




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