Madagascar. - After the long roads, villages and mountain bends, chasing taxis and enthused hooting, we arrived at Manambato on Lake Ampitabe. There was a welcome quiet as I waited on the white sandy beach before taking a one hour boat transfer to the Palmarium Reserve.

Things I saw from the boat. Local fisherman, villagers washing themselves, clothes and dishes in the water, some pirogue traffic, lush vegetation, clear waters flowing in the canals.

Welcome hues of tranquil blue.