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One of many sidewalk vegetable spots in Jama, Ecuador.

Many of the photo challenges prompt a chuckle as I apply the theme to where I am in life.   This week’s “Urban” challenge on Word Press presents the following criteria: The idea behind urban photography is to photograph your city and the streets where you grew up as they are.   

I am a long way from home, Toto!!!

I grew up in a petite community (Bolivar) that was three miles from a petite town of 300+ (Benoit) that was 35 miles from the small city of Greenville, Mississippi.  One rural blacktop road skirted the edge of my parent’s farmland;  our streets and avenues were the turn rows in the cotton field and the gravel road that zippered down the levee’s spine!  Ecuador is a long way from the Mississippi Delta, though my little adopted town of Jama reminds me a lot of life on a farm once upon a time in a land far away.

An unhurried town, Jama expects one to slow down and embrace the day.

Fresh-squeezed juice? Fresh bananas? Daily news?

……………………………………….. ……………………………………………………………………..   It is about documenting urban living space and how people adapt their environment to certain needs and vice versa.

Adapt;  the locals certainly adapt here, and their resourcefulness reflects their ability to survive.

One of several fishermen with the day’s catch; a lone melancholy whistle announces, ‘fresh fish for sale.’

Street breakfast

Want a hard-boiled egg? He sends someone to the market to purchase the eggs, which are dropped into the water used for coffee! Cheese-stuffed empanadas? No problem, they’re lovingly made ahead and stored in a cooler, then pan fried to order! He serves the morning bus traffic as well as locals in search of breakfast!

Maria and family enjoy counting in English!

Urban photography shots provide cultural, social, economical, and ecological context all at once, and can capture social tension.

Hmmm.  I think I can find a few of those shots, though the social tension seems to be absent in my little corner of Latin America.

Upgraded from bicycle to moto, this friend peddles the fresh-fish of the day!

Aside from the bus lines that speed in and out of town, Jama is a quiet and unique place.

Resourcefulness!

Jama’s Hub, the Central Park

After three months of museum shows, I am delighted to be home to the quiet solace of Jama!   To my dear subscribers, thank you for your incredible support!  Between awards, updates and photo challenges, I am playing catch up this weekend!  I apologize in advance for the handful of posts that are about to fill your inbox!

Most of all, thanks again, WordPress, for another great photo challenge!  Here are more posts for the this week’s theme of “Urban.

Siempre, Z

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