With pleasure, I point your attention to new neighbors and fellow bloggers who live in the same community as I! Patricia Adams Farmer’s “The Poetry of Posts” and “Color Me Happy” summarize the essence of the peaceful spirit in our area. Continue reading »
(ECUADOR) Yesterday I journeyed from Cruzita to Portoviejo for a final visit to the museum before next week’s opening reception of The Mola Series. Armed with WordPress’s newest photo challenge, I stepped onto the bus with anticipation of the many fleeting moments that were about cross my visual path. With camera in hand, I was ready to capture the photo opportunities that raced past my window! Continue reading »
Here is a second round of images that depict “Breathtaking” in honor of the Island Traveler’s Weekly Image of Life.
Let me know if any of the photos took your breath! Continue reading »
Scrolling back and forth through the files in my gray matter, I found no photo that stood out. There were surely several hundred stunning images of Playa San Miguel, Costa Rica, where I live when I am not in Ecuador. I knew that a search through those files would trigger attention deficit detours down memory lane, and I might not emerge until sunset tomorrow!
But a detour seemed necessary, and instantly I was swimming through sunrise memories. Taking a deep breath I opened the folder and began dog paddling through files! Continue reading »
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As I prepared to leave Cruzita for a long weekend at home (aka to build a goat-proof fence!) I saw this week’s Photo Challenge: Create.
The query asked, “Have you snapped a picture of something you’ve created, or something someone else has created? ‘
I chuckled! What have I NOT photographed lately that wasn’t related to being creative? I smiled, decided that the ‘next’ bus out of Cruzita would be just fine, and I began the arduous task of deciding which photos to share! (Or deciding which ones NOT to share!) Continue reading »
Growing up in the northern hemisphere, I immediately identified this day of the sun as the ‘Summer Solstice.’ Now that I live on the line of the equator, I realize how shallow-minded I’ve been! Living on the equator grants me neutral status! Whether it’s the longest day of the year, the shortest, or one with equal daylight hours, what’s most important is the discipline to say, “Stop! Acknowledge this moment!”
Years ago I enjoyed playing a game of marking the sun’s placement on the horizon, starting around June 15th (or December) and adding more rocks each day to track and record the path of the sun. The simplicity of the task and the obvious daily changes continue to plant a childlike joy in this old mare’s heart! And when the sun seems to have no more endurance to move forward, it pauses and rests, then retreats in the other direction! Continue reading »
An astrologist might have warned me of a mystical alignment of stars and planets that would sprinkle magic stardust across this Cancer-the-Crab’s Saturday! The early-morning inbox confirmed that my European friends had been slaying the day’s dragons while I was still in dreamland. I pondered the humor of asking them, ‘Is it going to be a good day?’ as remnants of REM sleep evaporated from my dream-fogged brain. Continue reading »
The painting competition at El Matal Ecuador supplied countless photo opportunities, and a small fraction of those launched the”Got Paint?” post.
This quiet fishing village embraced the out-of town visitors who came for the San Pedro-San Pablo festivities.
Enjoy the eclectic mix of photos taken over the two-day period. Continue reading »
More than 600 images crowded my camera chip when I returned home from the fishing village of El Matal on Ecuador’s Pacific Coast. Phase two of the “Post-Painting Competition“ coaxed a new batch of budding artists to the sun-drenched streets, where they magically transformed concrete light posts into works of art using Jama-Coaque pre-Columbian icons.
For two days I ambled the main streets, met new Picassos and marveled at their sheer joy of painting. They beamed with pride when anyone stopped to appreciate their work! Why, oh why, couldn’t they all win a top prize?!!!! Continue reading »
Coming out of my painting fog, I am attempting to reclaim my normal routine, which is never normal or routine! Anyone new to the blogging world realizes the vast options that are patiently waiting to be explored. One must first explore the shallows before plunging into the ocean! This morning I kicked off my swimmies and explored a few blogs.
Every so often a “Weekly Photo Challenge” crossed my field of vision, though I never paused long enough to research what that challenge was about. This morning – my first day back to normal after taking down the show yesterday – the OH MY!-light bulb instantly cleared the painting fog from my eyes!
Each week Word Press throws a new theme to those who are interested in participating in that challenge! Friendship? This past month so many dear friends have stepped forward to help ‘before, during and after’ my exhibition. Wow, do I ever have material to contribute to the Friendship theme!
Since I’m about to dash to nearby El Matal’s Phase Two chapter of It Started with One Light Pole, I will post images that have been patiently awaiting my attention in a folder marked, “One Friend” – inspired by Keb Mo’s song by the same title. After this weekend’s painting marathon at El Matal, I hope to emerge with several posts; one of the competition and another to thank my dear friends who offered tireless support during The Mola Series exposition.
I leave you with images from Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Ecuador that best reflect this week’s photo challenge of friendship! Continue reading »
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Tipping out of Hostal Cruzita during the pre-dawn hours, I stopped for several photos on my way to the corner bus stop. A full day awaited me at the Cancebi Museo in Manta, Ecuador, where The Mola Series Exhibition entered its third week.
A lone rooster broke the serene stillness of the morning as he announced the arrival of the 5:20 bus to Manta. Although I anticipated meeting the Experience Ecuador group at the Manta airport in less than two hours, I would never have dreamed that the next two days would bring such an amazing and diverse group of people into my life!