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Cowpea weevil/Beetle

It’s harvest time for legumes, beans, peas, cowpeas, green grams and the like. To store them, they are 1st dried.
How ever, one small “dudu/insect” awaits the dry legume

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cowpea weevil, Callosobruchus maculatus close up ©muokikioko2016

The cowpea weevil, (Callosobruchus maculatus). Purpose is to replicate using the pea/bean dry seed as food for it’s young.
Females lay 100’s of eggs

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cowpea weevil eggs ©muokikioko 2016

that hatch in 8 days or less on the surface, which then burrow into the legume emerging
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3-7 weeks later

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by breaking the thin membrane on surface of bean, leaving holes around the legume.
An agricultural pest to many small scale farmers

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It is sometimes controlled by application of crushed dry coffee weed/stinking weed leaves.

*HD video on the same available

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©muoki kioko
2009-2016
email:muokikioko@gmail.com

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Flowers of kilome..

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February is just around the corner, how about exploring the beautiful flowers of kilome

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you will never find in a flower stand!

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Nb: Avoid contact if you don’t know the plant as some plants may have irritants or may be poisonous.

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©muoki kioko
2009-2016
email:muokikioko@gmail.com

Sky Dive Point..kilome

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Happy New Year 2016.

Imagine flying like a bird, taking in ALL the views below you – letting the winds aid you in travelling.

Have you been to ‘The Sky Diving Point’ in Kilome!? A 2hour hike from the base or 3hr drive from Nairobi the capital of kenya using a vehicle with good ground clearance.

photos and text
©muoki kioko
2009-2016
email:muokikioko@gmail.com

Dancing clouds of kilome

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photos and text
©muoki kioko
2009-2015
email:muokikioko@gmail.com

Free climbing..

I was out with some outdoor friends and as we viewed some young boys viewing us from a cliff above there was a desire to have the same view. Now to get to that view we had to climb the hill then descend down the only visible “route” through a cliff edge.
A female colleague had made friends with some local girls who zoomed down the cliff edge in slippers. Mmm, we trodded down on ALL fours.
Getting to the cliff edge where the boys were viewing us from I looked backwards towards another rock cliff

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and I see this boy running midway across the cliff wall (how did he get there). Then I notice the left edge of the wall that’s basically vertical had brown marking like a place that’s stepped on, but it didn’t make sense as its almost flat vertically!
In a short while the other boys get up and join the first on that rock cliff and head straight where the brown path is

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Up up up

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and they choose a higher spot/cliff to view us from..
As outdoor people we would 1st set up a belay (anchor point) above, then secure ourselves with harnesses as we met out all the rock climbing jargon – on belay, belay – climbing, climb.. before even
My thoughts are cut short by the local young girls guiding us who say lets go up the same way as the boys

photos and text
©muoki kioko
2009-2015
email:muokikioko@gmail.com

All the Single Girls

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photos and text
©muoki kioko
2009-2015
email:muokikioko@gmail.com

Walking through a forest of tomatoes

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Targeting 100,000 tomato plants are a youthful determined to embrace the wholeness of their ancestral land.
Their thinking is very simple, if I can get just 5 tomatoes/plant and sell each at 1/= my home basics are sorted – even children going to boarding!
Challenged by fellow tribesman with cows doing 60ltrs/day from the “unproductive/dry” land as they kept being told as they grew up. They are now asking why others shouldn’t be visiting their “dry land” Makueni to learn productivity.
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While everything else turns crisp brown they are determined to have green forests of crops on each of their age mates ancestral land. Meanwhile their younger siblings are having a field day learning to turn that produce to products they normally buy.

photos and text
©muoki kioko
2009-2015
email:muokikioko@gmail.com

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