Stories in Seven - November - Ottawa Family Photographer - AmyJayPhoto

Stories in Seven - November - Ottawa Family Photographer

Continuing on with our trip to Ghana's Volta region.

After our visit to the Bead Factory we continued north in search of the Tafi Atome Monkey Sanctuary. The getting there was... rough. The roads are not well maintained, there seemed to be speed bumps every half a mile (I swear our driver sped up for the potholes and speed bumps), and a ferry was needed to cross the Volta River. Although I'd anticipated a long wait at the ferry (which can be a bit of a bottleneck for traffic), we were able to drive straight on. The second last car for that trip across the river, as luck would have it.

The river is not large, so the trip didn't take long. Maybe 10-15 minutes? I was a bit nervous to get out of the vehicle since the ferry is full --FULL!-- of people selling street food, clothing, drinks, etc, but the kids really wanted to get out and see. 

With the exception of one rather aggressive lady who wanted me to buy some boys' clothes (which were clearly too small for any of my boys!), we were largely left alone. We're a pretty intimidating bunch, after all. Simon (always brave and chatty) starting talking to the other kids by the rail, telling them we're from Canada. That boy never ceases to amazing me with now easily he makes friends and talks to other kids. 

On the other bank of the river, it was a free-for-all for those getting on and off the ferry... some vehicles attempting to do both simultaneously. The chaos of driving in Ghana (and here in Nigeria) is often jaw dropping for rule-following Canadians such as us. Horn-honking is practically its own form of communication here in West Africa... and this ferry ride was no exception. 

But we made it across, managed to get off the ferry before the onslaught of vehicles trying to cross in the opposite direction, and I was able to grab a few shots (from a moving vehicle) as we made our way through the village. 

I'm so excited to share the pictures from the monkey sanctuary. It was truly an experience that our family will never forget. 

But they'll have to wait until later.


Click over to North Virginia documentary family photographer Sandi Farrell's site to see her and her adorable boys' trip to the orchard. Here in Nigeria, I've seen all of four kinds of apples: something Red Delicious-ish, something Granny Smith-ish, Gala, and a "pink" one. The last two aren't near as prevalent, though. I'd pay its weight in gold for a good Honey Crisp.



Amy Jay Photo is an Ottawa family photographer specializing in Documentary Family Photography and Birth Photography. However, at this time, I am on a short hiatus... living in Nigeria! Storytelling photography is my passion. I would love to tell your family's story... when I get back to Canada. :) In the meantime, feel free to follow along with my family as we adventure in Africa.


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