I’d walk a mile for a (smiling) camel.🙂
Manisses Animal Farm. Block Island, RI. 2012.
The rugged landscape of the island of Fogo came to my mind immediately in response to last week’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Spare by Krista Stevens. I related to the word as meaning sparse, however it can also mean 2) additional to what is required for ordinary use, 3) elegantly simple, or 4) to refrain from harming.
Although some areas are populated, farmed, or forested, much of Fogo, which is part of Cape Verde, an island nation off the west coast of Africa, is dry, rocky and barren.
Even so, people can be found dotting the most seemingly remote places… along… with… occasional… advertising.Notice the billboard for CVMóvel, a cell phone service provider, standing alone behind the two workers in the middle of acres of sparsely populated mountains. The placement of the sign, way out there, seemed impossibly optimistic.
Later in the day I got a closer shot of another lonely sign waiting for a viewer.This one sits on the edge of an area destroyed by the November 2014 eruption of the volcano, Pico do Fogo. A lunar landscape now stretches for miles. I imagine this sign was less lonely before the eruption when people traveled to and from the two towns that are now buried.
When my friend and I went to hike up Pico do Fogo in May of 2015, we were told that it was the first day that a path for vehicles into the area had been opened to the public. Our hired taxi was the only car making it’s way boldly out along the “road” which oftentimes was only two tire marks in volcanic ash. The provisions store, a box-like building of cement blocks, which marked the beginning of our guided hike, was being rebuilt and had cases of water, soda and snacks, but there was nothing else there. Portela and the neighboring town, Bangaeria, the vineyards and coffee crops, were buried. Everyone in those towns lost their homes. All industry was destroyed. The only things that were spared (here is another usage of that word) were things that could be loaded into vehicles or carried out in hand, in carts, or on livestock. I have read that the towns were evacuated before the eruption and no lives were lost, but I can only imagine that everyone’s life was shattered and changed. No one may have been killed, but it seems to me that lives were lost. These lonely signs make me wonder about the one-thousand to two-thousand people who were displaced. I encountered so many optimistic, welcoming, and friendly people in Cape Verde. I can only hope that there is hope for the people of Portela and Bangaeria.
I’ll end this post with another ad for CVMóvel that I found on Vimeo. I may be going out on a limb here because I don’t speak creole, but… judging by the music and smiles, I think this video shows the optimistic aspect of Cape Verde life that I also experienced.
Thanks for reading and looking🙂
My response to The Daily Post Weekly Photo challenge: Jubilant.
My response to Jennifer Nichole Wells’s One Word Photo Challenge: Burn. Thank you Jennifer for the Challenge!
My response to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: “What’s This?” Thank you Cee for the challenge!
Something very special happens within when we open up to the unconditional acceptance of another being. There is a reciprocity. By both giving and receiving, we nurture within ourselves love, gratitude, and a softening of the heart.
My response to The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge: Face.
copyright ©2016 Terry Boswell
bud burst open white bloom from mud and deep green depths brightly sunward turns copyright ©2016 Terry Boswell
Currently blooming in my southern New York State Garden, the Star of Bethlehem (Ornithogalum) is a bulb that can be found in many parts of the world. Considered a weed by some, it’s got to be tenacious to survive the jumble in my wildly overgrown perennial garden!
2 beagle mixes + 1 tug toy = puppy fun!
I couldn’t resist posting a second response to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Pets.🙂
… and with this post, I’m premiering my first attempts using Lightroom…
While post-processing these three photos I was really impressed with the noise reduction capabilities of Lightroom. I’m still finishing up my photos, adding my watermark and applying unsharp mask, with GIMP, but hope to begin learning Photoshop soon. Although I have been happy with GIMP, I think it’s time to go mainstream.
There is definitely a learning curve that I’m struggling with. Just getting the settings right to import photos into Lightroom so that they would be organized and named properly has been a challenge.
If anyone has any invaluable Lightroom or Photoshop hints or other favorite post-processing apps/programs to recommend, please comment below!