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I faced the fact that my documentary of the migrating herd was now finished and went back to the dune to consider the options. There were still some elephants in the Norahé forest as smaller groups continued to come from the north, so we spent the next two nights on the dune. I was able to document two groups of elephants, which will be useful to the research team, but they never came into the open plain by daylight for the aerial perspective. I enjoyed the dune camp, nonetheless. There was something powerful and symbolic about the wall of sand that physically divided the landscape (it is the actual boundary between the region of Mopti and the region of Timbuktu) and also marked the transition to the end of work documenting this phase of the migration. Near the dune I also spent some time with Fulani herdsmen. It was a good compliment to my experience with the Tuaregs by Banzena. The Fulani chief was a kind man named Hama Allé and the village was named after him. He was born there and has been settled there since the installation of the well just over 20 years ago. His herd of cattle now numbers one thousand heads. It was quite nice to see him take tea with Mohammed, my guide and chief from Banzena. Men of different race, they have so much in common. Both formerly nomads, their lives have been shaped by the Sahel. They have been settled for the same number of years and they have both witnessed the same environmental changes which have made the nomadic life more difficult. Both recall when gazelles, giraffes, lions, and hyenas abounded and the sand was covered with grass. Both continue to live with elephants. Both have numerous children who will inherit a land with an uncertain future.View new photography at