Weekly Photo Challenge: Spare

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.
20150506-DSC00184-2-fogo-cape-verde-movel-barren-rocky-mountains-men-carrying-bags-terry-boswell-wmEven so, people can be found dotting¬†the most seemingly remote places… along… with… occasional… advertising.20150506-DSC00184-2cp-fogo-cape-verde-movel-barren-rocky-mountains-men-carrying-bags-terry-boswell-wmNotice the¬†billboard¬†for CVM√≥vel, 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.20150506-DSC00574-001-2-cv-movel-wmThis 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 CVM√≥vel 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.

CV MOVEL “Somos Cabo Verde” from Victor Castro on Vimeo.

To see more of my photos from Cape Verde, click here, here, here, and here.

Thanks for reading and lookingūüôā

Unconditional Reciprocity

unconditional

giving, by give and accept,

reciprocity

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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

 

Bloom And Bud

bud burst open white
bloom from mud and deep green depths
brightly sunward turns

copyright ©2016 Terry Boswellstar of bethlehem

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!

In response to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Single Flower or Bud, and Jennifer Nichole Wells’s One Word Photo Challenge: Bulb. Thank you Cee and Jennifer for the challenges!

Tug O’ War


2 beagle mixes + 1 tug toy = puppy fun!

I couldn’t resist posting a second response to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Pets.ūüôā

… 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!