The riverhouse received an injection of energy this weekend! Gonzalo de la Fuente and his beautiful family crammed many memories into their short break from the port city of Manta Ecuador. Gonzalo is quite the Renaissance Man, and his graphic arts skills keep his dance card full. I am grateful for his tireles help whenever I need posters, invitations, a press release, catalog, book marks, business cards – he transforms and improves the concepts. Although I often visit Gonzalo and his family on their turf, this was their first trip to the Jama area. These photos reflect one of many great memories from their two-day visit.
Let’s Be Wild nudges us outside to record the beauty of the sunrise. We are in the rainy season here in Ecuador, and the rain trumps the sunshine for the first hours of each morning! I am reaching back to share a memory of an amazing sunrise at Playa San Miguel, Costa Rica. Later that day, my friend Marie said, “I came by your house early this morning, and you were gone!”
These images illustrate the rewards of leaving home in the pitch-black darkness in hopes of finding unique sunrise moments. Continue reading »
The Frizztext Alphabet has reached the letter “H” and presents a great opportunity for another Spanish pointer.
About an hour down the coast is the lovely coastal small city of Bahia de Caraquez. Several years ago I asked an Ecuadorian, “Does it bother you that most extranjeros say, “Bah-HEE-ah?” Continue reading »
This petite sun room sports a large window that overlooks the river. A custom-hinged panel secures the window when I am away, and it easily opens to reveal the colorful “I Can Do This” painting that Hank and Marie and I painted in November. (See Creative Alternatives for Home Security.)
When the panel is closed, the birds on the river have a lovely work of art that smiles at them. Today a hummingbird flew through the open window to critique the paintings! Continue reading »
The old bamboo light fixture near the front door looked pretty forlorn. Influenced by the Mola theme, it now sports colors inspired by coral snakes. While I was painting, the small container of black ‘jumped’ out of my hand and splattered the white wall. Ugh! I was challenged with a ‘think fast’ prompt as Rorschach patterns dribbled down the wall… Continue reading »
Thanks, Let’s Be Wild, for selecting the image of “Little Bit” Iguana in last week’s winner’s circle. This week’s theme is Wanderlust, a perfect topic for the life of the Zeebra!
When I was about ten years old, our class studied about Argentina’s pastoral Pampas grasslands. The images of horses and cattle affected me, and I dreamed of living in faraway Argentina.
Mark Knofler’s song Wanderlust makes a perfect backdrop for this post, and the video is paired with images from Ecuador. Enjoy the song while scrolling through these images of Latin America. Continue reading »
Impromptu company stops by, and you have nothing to serve. Quick! Check your dried tea selection, and you might be able to whip up a unique appetizer! Here’s an easy dip or spread using dried tea! In honor of Valentine’s day, hibiscus will star in this post! (Fresh hibiscus always trumps dried products, but dried hibiscus in tea form is so convenient!) Continue reading »
Feb 12, 2013 – Manabi – Ecuador
After Saturday’s earthquake, I diffused my pent-up energy with a trek to town. The images above and below show how the recent rains transformed the landscape into many shades of green.
While a large percentage of the people I know are enduring the long cold winter, I am enjoying an almost-perfect climate with an endless supply of green!
Last week, I slowed my pace and inspected the ferns growing in the central park in town. A botanical painting is incubating, and foliage plants continue to catch my eye. I predict a monochromatic painting of vivid greens emerging in the near future!
Manabi Ecuador – Feb. 2013
One often encounters unique ideas and solutions when living off the grid. Since I ‘don’t know nothin’ about electricity, I stand way back while others do their work!
This past week when my friends prepared for a night-time harvest of the nearby shrimp pond, I checked on the progress every hour or so. (The gates to the discharge pipes are opened during low tide, and about twelve hours later, the harvest begins!) Continue reading »
There’s a whole lot of shaking going on, and at 9:16 this morning Ecuador received one that shook away our electricity! Lasting over a minute, this was the strongest earthquake I’ve ever witnessed, and for the first time ever, I considered gathering a few critical belongings and prepared to bolt to higher ground. I was certain that the fault near Bahia de Caraquez had belched a big one! Continue reading »
While flipping through photos, I realized how lucky I am to have sights like this every day that I am home on the river. The 2013 rainy season kicked off with a strong start, so the river now resembles cafe con leche instead of the colors from a few weeks ago! The bird life remains phenomenal, and how could I not share some images of those amazing birds that punctuate this last bend of the river ?!
Those amazing frigate birds perch near the tops of the mangroves and suddenly leap into a swan dive that takes them near the surface of the water. They might swoop lower in pursuit of fish, or they might soar high above and ride the air currents in lazy spirals throughout the day. During nesting season, they often perch in the mangroves for most of the day. Continue reading »
Through the wonders of editing the ‘Publish” options, this post should reach you while I am traveling through the country via minibus! When pondering Spanish words that start with F, I selected Flaca because of Jarabe de Palo’s song by that name! He sings about a woman in Cuba who was “100 pounds of skin and bones – 40 kilos of salsa,” and she loved to dance! The song has a great beat, great pauses between beats, funky sounds and oh, how he’d like to kiss that woman that’s driving him crazy! Continue reading »
Pulling up the rear, I am sending this while in transit to Guayaquil. Internet options are poor, and I am able to grab a signal by standing beside the window of my hotel while balancing the laptop in one hand and pecking these words with the other! Frizztext’s story challenge “E” is indeed a challenge tonight! Thanks for some great comments; replying and commenting are fruiutless tasks as well! I will ‘send’ this & see you in a few days! Continue reading »
The WordPress Daily Prompt states this: “Think global, act local.” Write a post connecting a global issue to a personal one.”
(Above photo and quote from: Mystical Andes, published here on November 16, 2012.)
Several pages on my screen reflected an environmental issue as I pondered today’s WordPress Daily Prompt. This post grants me an easy way to share those global concerns with you. Continue reading »
So this afternoon found me muddin’ again. The waterline to the house had a slight leak, and it wasn’t going to magically repair itself! Between rain showers, I rolled up my – jeans (!) and went to work on the line! Continue reading »