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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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!

Love and Light

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flooded by love and light
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                                       p          l                
                                     o        a               
              a new day follows,  h       e                     
                                      h   
                                         and   b   r   i   g   h   t

copyright ©2016 Terry Boswell

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Viewing the New York City Skyline and the George Washington Bridge from the scenic overlook on the Palisades Parkway in New Jersey. January 2016.

In response to the Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge: One Love.

Hoping Heart

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you can see right through
 
a heart so open hoping

unreserved giver

filled with transparent desire

to empty of all save love

 
Copyright ©2016 Terry Boswell

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Last week I had to travel into New Jersey. After driving for a few hours, I stopped to get out of the car and stretch my legs. I was surprised and delighted to find this magnificent heart-shaped tree trunk as I wandered a bit into the Watchung Reservation. Such a find! I’m posting it, along with a tanka that I hastily wrote, in honor of Valentine’s Day.

I hope you enjoy, and thanks for stopping by!

 

 

Time Passing

Rivington Street and Ludlow Street, New York City. January 2016.

A series of consecutive nows

unified

colored by experience and point of view

culminate in expression

A Lifetime

 

copyright ©2016 Terry Boswell

 

Seven photo-frozen moments captured on the corner of Rivington and Ludlow, New York City. January 16, 2016. Click an image to view it larger.

This is my response to the Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge: Time.

Oops!

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Oops… maybe I shouldn’t have revved up the new puppy…

Yes, I mean him.

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Who, me?

 

This was the scene.
DSC05997-2cp-dogs-playing-its-all-a-blur-wmFast action.DSC06007-2cp-dog-leaping-all-a-blur-wmAll ablur.
DSC06003-2cp-playing dogs-blur-of-motion-wmOops!
Why wasn’t I paying more attention to my camera settings?!

DSC06013-2cp-playing-dogs-all-a-blur-wmFirst, I didn’t anticipate that Sophie and Hudson would continually move at lightning speed. Second, I was more involved with enjoying their antics (and keeping some control) than I was with capturing clarity… And third, I just don’t think super fast with my camera.

Choosing how to adjust my camera’s settings does not come to me as easily as breathing… or walking and chewing gum at the same time… or patting my head while rubbing my stomach. I have to think about camera settings. During the upcoming winter months I intend to become more technically proficient with the Sony a6000 that I bought earlier this year. I’m hoping to be able to think, adjust, point, and shoot with accuracy and aplomb, on the fly, by spring!

Back to Sophie…

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I need a break!

 

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Well maybe just a little more fun…

 

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OK. Enough. 🙂

 

Hudson is the new rescue dog in our house. We adopted him after losing our furry-love, Archie, a few weeks before Thanksgiving. A beloved pet can’t be replaced, but all the love that still remains can be channeled into giving another shelter dog a home.

… So, we now have a lively, yet extremely cuddly, year old (year-and-a-half-old?) Puggle puppy romping and running about, keeping the older dogs on their toes.

There are quiet moments, too.

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This is my response to the Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge: Oops!

… Giving a shelter dog a good home is the opposite of oops!  Click here, petfinder.com, to find a local shelter and a four-legged-furry to love. 🙂