Farm life in Latin America, fresh cheese, images of horses, jama ecuador, Let's Be Wild Black and White, life in rural mississipp delta, Life on a farm in Ecuador, manabi ecuador, mule wagons, Nostalgia, Nostalgic images of mules, old fashion corn harvest, Queso Fresco, Shrimp farming, wooden saddles
Growing up on a cotton farm in the Mississippi Delta, I thrived in the natural world of fields and hardwoods and that grand Mississippi River. Horses, cattle, mules and chickens shared as much of my attention as the fields and lakes and river did. Fishing, water skiing and horseback riding provided endless outdoor entertainment, and the summers slipped by way too fast. Life in Ecuador reminds me of that vanishing idyllic syrupy life of my childhood when summertime was oh so very easy!
Enjoy Norah singing Summertime while we wipe away the color and pretend we’ve stepped back in time.
A few locals describe my home as an islita – ‘little island,’ since it is nestled between Rio Jama and a shrimp pond! Tucked half a mile across the shrimp farm is my friends’ cattle farm. Let’s go see some horses and cows!
Floating out of the misty recesses of my memory bank, memories from long ago resurface as I explore my friends’ farm on Ecuador’s Pacific Coast. At times, the years are wiped away, and I am young and full of wonder. The wonder has remained a lifelong companion.
The Mississippi Delta did not have shrimp ponds, but there were many rice fields and catfish ponds! The shrimp harvest in Ecuador relies on manual labor, and the walk-on helpers are paid with shrimp!
As with the shrimp, the buyer and the seller write down the information for each crate and agree on the grand total. Town bustles throughout the weekend, and the horses, burros and mules enjoy their days off as well!
See more black and white images at this week’s Let’s Be Wild then hop over to the party at WordPress and enjoy neighborhood images taken by telephone. Since I don’t own a telephone, I hope WP will forgive me for submitting ‘normal’ images, although my neighborhood is far from normal!