David Ochs 1969-1970
The photos of Liberia shown below belong to David Ochs. Mr. Ochs sent these photos to David Heady to be posted on Mr. Heady's web site, and Mr. Heady has give me permission to post them here. Captions and commentaries are by David Heady.
Our water purification engineer. We nicknamed him the Water Buffalo
Not only elegant and beautiful, but a really ergonomic way to carry heavy loads.
A typical village
A bush village. Note the circles of forest burns for crops.
A Liberian family
Jim Roach with a carved ivory tusk. This was before ivory was illegal.
David Heady--Skinny as a rail back then.
Jim Roach, surveyor extraordinaire
The market place. I believe that is in Greenville.
David Ochs next to a termite mound. We occasionally would ‘land’ on top and jump out.
I think we were chasing a critter into the bush in this one.
David took great pictures of the people.
Two of Paddy’s “Rodents” Jim Roach on the left. Don’t remember the other guy’s name.
An airstrip with a Liberian National Guard encampment alongside it.
In the OH23 Raven. That round thing was our only navigational tool: a ball compass.
I think this is the river by Greenville. That is a dugout canoe.
Close up of a rubber tree being tapped.
The Liberian coast Just inland are mangrove swamps
Fishermen mending their nets.
It sure looks like he’s going bowling.
I think this is the Presidential Palace.
A suburb of Monrovia
The OH23 Raven landing on a road. Most anywhere would do.
Rocky coastline in places
An old church.
The Beaver making a pass at a bush air strip. Raven sitting off to the side.
Beautiful dugout canoes.
The main ‘highway’ through Liberia.
I think this is Gbarnga, but can’t be sure.
Looks like the Nimba iron mine, but I’m not sure.
Pretty sure these are diamond digs. Before we called them ‘blood diamonds.’
A granite tor sticking up from the jungle.
Monkey meat at the market.
Fishermen at work.