Portoviejo /Manabi/Ecuador –
The show, Step into My World, is going well. We discussed having a basket for people to discard their problems before they stepped into the world of art, photography and Augmented Reality. I never dreamed that visitors would take it so seriously. Some paused and touched their heads, closed their eyes and then placed their invisible burdens into the basket. Others paused at the guest book and scribbled -sometimes for five or more minutes – on sheets of paper, folded those sheets and placed them in the basket. What trust! Each day I take the folded papers home and – as promised – dispose those private worries.
My staple gun ran out of staples, and I took the empty package to the store to be sure I bought the right replacement.
What a surprise to find that the new ones did not fit the staple gun! The old package is to the right; the new one on the left. Do you know the reason?
I had no idea that ‘Heavy Duty’ staples were different from Light-duty ones. Alas, so far here in Portoviejo I have not been able to find light duty ones. It’s almost easier to buy a new staple gun!
Sometimes one person arrives, other times a cluster of three or four. An archaeologist here – an artist there – a friend to stop in and ask, ‘How’s it going?’
Since I would be at the museo most every day, I volunteered to be their first volunteer, after a thought-provoking visit with Alexandra Cevallos and her friends who drove over from Cruzita. “Is there a ‘Friends of the Museum’ group here?” they asked.
Hmmm. With budget cuts, the museum could use all the friends it can get! The directors seemed relieved that I would be upstairs to receive any visitors, which allows them to stay focused on their daily tasks. They set up a corner desk at the entrance to the show, and when no one is visiting, I work on art. Today, however I’m working on this post!
Time for a brief ‘serious’ note. This interactive map should show a timelapse view of tree loss for the past ten years. It’s set for Ecuador, but it can easily expand to cover the entire world – or maybe it already does that when someone opens the link. It’s sobering: GlobalForestWatch.
In July and August I made many half-hour drives to observe a pair of Slate-colored (Andean) Coots raising a family near Portoviejo. Their presence is abnormal, and with three half-grown young ones, they nested again in a small cattail lined pond.
Since little is known about their behavior on the western side of the country (they normally live in the Andes) I visited the site often and parked – with the owner’s permission’- on a small empty lot that overlooked the nesting site.
The adults were extremely brava while sharing the nest building tasks, and were equally brava while sharing incubation sessions. Their behavior amused me, and I soon learned by their behavior when they were about to chase any potential threat to their young ones!
This slideshow captures a lot of that behavior: Continue reading