Sunday, October 28: We spend some time walking along the lake shore where we spot birds of many feathers. This is where I really discover either my camera’s or my own shortcomings. My camera takes a lot of great photos, but it doesn’t do certain things well: 1) It doesn’t take good night shots; 2) it doesn’t take good macro pictures; and 3) it doesn’t take good pictures of small things at a distance, like birds. The zoom lens basically sucks. At some point, I will definitely need to buy a new zoom lens for my little Olympus PEN EPL-1. Either that or upgrade my camera completely.
Along the lake we wander. We admire the birds, we stare out over a horizon heavy with gray clouds, we listen to the choppy waves hit the shore. We take pictures. Ed, being a veteran bird-watcher, knows his birds and educates me as to what is what. He points out a Great cormorant, a Senegal thick-knee and some spur-winged plovers.
After our afternoon of exploring the pumice stone area, the beach, and the lakeshore, we head to the Tree House bar where we share a bottle of Gonder Ethiopian red wine. We toast to our safe arrival at the lake. We eat a dinner of mushroom soup, black olive salad, pan-fried fish served with French fries, vegetables and pasta, and a crepe suzette for dessert. Cicadas chirp in the background, a musical serenade.