Coca Tea

I just love the slightly angled, slightly off-center composition of this photo, which combined with the warm orange tones and cool green/blue tones, not to mention the subtle texture variation, makes for a very complete piece of art. Wondering what you’re looking at? It’s actually a cup of coca tea, snapped several years ago by Mark Rowland in Bolivia. Yes, that is coca as in cocaine — one of the many drugs at the core of several industries spanning the continent; it’s not just the illegal drug trade, it’s the prison system, the recovery industry and even help for parents of addicts. But, I digress.  In tea form, the coca leaf is at best a mild stimulant.

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