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 StevensI 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 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.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 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.

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

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

Thanks for reading and looking 🙂

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No Matter Where You Go, There You Are

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miles of gray ribbon
connect me to far away
same sky overhead

copyright ©2016 Terry Boswell

or…

“And remember, no matter where you go, there you are.”

This quote, which I believe can be attributed to Confucius, is the first of three which I’ll be posting in response to the Three Quotes ChallengeGabriele, who authors  Flights of Fancy, invited me to participate in this challenge. I’m very happy to finally be responding, if perhaps not exactly by “the rules.”

Gabriele, a fellow dog lover, was one of the very first people who I “met” when I began blogging on WordPress in September of 2014. She has regularly encouraged my photography and writing efforts with likes and comments. She even noticed when I hadn’t had the time to blog for several months and sent me a lovely “hope-you’re-O.K.” note during my absence. I was so touched that someone had missed me! Thank you Gabriele for that gesture! You probably don’t realize, but it meant a lot to me and I’m most grateful!

Please check out Gabriele’s conversational blog, Flights of Fancy, which features her science fiction and fantasy writing.

Thank you Gabriele for thinking of me for the Three Quotes Challenge!  🙂

 

This post is also my response to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Freeways, Expressways, Highways. Thank you, Cee, for the challenge!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Symmetry

An askew view of symmetry.

Rose window. Lisbon, Portugal, 2014.
Rose window, Lisbon Cathedral, Lisbon, Portugal, 2014.

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Symmetry.”

By the way… Someone at google has a sense of humor… Place the word askew, only the word askew, in the google search box, hit enter, and see what happens. 🙂
You’ll probably need a laptop or desktop to see results.