Neville Duffield traveled to Ethiopia in 2014, after he was intrigued by the book “Cutting for Stone” by Abraham Verghese.

By Kelly McBride (Cincinnati.com) |

The Sharon Woods Travel Series continues after an Easter weekend break, with the sixth of seven photo presentations. Neville Duffield, of Montgomery (in Ohio), traveled to Ethiopia in 2014, after he was intrigued by the book “Cutting for Stone” by Abraham Verghese.

Duffield described his trip and some of the photos included in his presentation April 21, as part of the Sharon Woods Travel Series. Throughout March and April, local photographers will share their adventures through photos that represent their travels across the globe, and include scenery, local residents and wild life, among other representations of cultures worldwide.

Here’s a look at Duffield’s show.

Describe your trip

“We traveled first to the religious Christian North, the land of Sheba. The queen of Sheba traveled to Jerusalem, and had a son Menelik with Solomon. When Menelik became of age he traveled to see his father and brought back the Ark of the Covenant to Ethiopia. We visited churches and markets having lots of contact with the local people.

“Our trip to the South was very grueling, 105 degrees, often no electricity and no water. Accommodations were not exactly first class. Life is extremely hard for these people as they face overpopulation and dwindling resources. Life is tough. Famines are a frequent occurrence, a consequence of global warming.

“Our goal was to reach the Omo River and see the tribes that depend on its waters. The government is building a dam on this river and the way of life for these tribes will disappear forever. They will be reduced to living on reservations. We wanted to see these people while their way of life existed.”

About the show

The Travel Series is a free program, open to the public, though a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County sticker is required for entry to Sharon Woods. Stickers can be bought at the park for $3 a day, or $10 for the year.

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