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P1720136 bob jama street cafe

Background, middleground and foreground; how can one not smile when everyone is having a great moment?!

This week’s WordPress challenge asks us to:  “Take a picture of yourself or someone else as a shadow, a reflection, or a lesser part of a scene, making the background, or — as in the example above — the foreground, the center of attention.”

P1720237 campo trip

Silvana (of Monoaullador), Bob (of Pirancafe) and I traveled this week to the community of La Mocora where time seemed frozen in sweet acceptance of a basic-yet-rewarding long-ago lifestyle.  The camera often captured not only the primary subject but a secondary one as well!

"Happy Saddle"

“Happy Saddle”

P1720257 mule saddle y silvana

He's figured out where we could sleep so that we could stay longer!

He’s figured out sleeping arrangements in hopes that we might stay!

"Big Eyes" basks in unconditional love while his aunt looks on lovingly from afar.

“Big Eyes” basks in unconditional love while others watch lovingly from afar.

Switching back to life on the shrimp farm, I wanted to capture the essence of the moto taxi ride while showing the flat landscape of the valley.

P1680416 mototaxi red mirror reflection

5 kilometers on a bumpy road is a long ride in the rainy season!!

P1670476 museo loco mirror cat y reflections

Photographing the cat, I also captured my own image when someone asked me a question! (Guayaquil)

reflections jama campay P1440491

There’s a LOT going on in this image! That’s my friend Jana coming down the steps!

The final images transport us to Museo Portoviejo:

Visualizing a great shot through the museum's glass doors, I wanted to record the paintings being loaded into the truck.

Visualizing a great shot through the museum’s glass doors, I wanted to record the paintings being loaded into the truck.

Last August (2012) the Mola Series paintings were transferred from Museo Portoviejo to Museo Bahia de Caraquez.  As the staff loaded the truck from Museo Portoviejo’s security door,  this man watched from the main entrance.

The man in the middleground stole the show with his mysterious mood.

The man in the middleground stole the show with his solemn mood.

amble and yellow dump truck

As a parting shot, here’s one more glimpse of the landscape between my house and town.  How lucky was I to upgrade from moto taxi to dump truck!

Have a safe weekend everyone!

Z