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Blue Nile Expedition



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Icons of Devotion
Photograph by Nevada Wier

Mati Eich, called “Mother Abay,” clutches prayer beads near the mountain spring Ethiopian Orthodox Christians believe is the source of the Abay, or Blue Nile. For years Eich has greeted pilgrims to the spring, known for the healing power of its sacred waters. From the spring the Little Abay flows 70 miles (112 kilometers) into Lake Tana, which many geographers view as the actual source of the Blue Nile.



Camera: Canon EOS 3
Film Type: Kodak E100VS
Lens: Canon 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM
Speed and F-Stop: 1/60 @ f/5.6
Weather Conditions: Cloudy
Time of Day: Midmorning
Lighting Techniques: Natural light with balanced fill flash





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