3/20/2011

The Essentials

Between here and there, and then and now so much has happened that it's difficult to capture it all and decant it.
For starters, there is Cuba.
Impossibly blue. Filled with possibility.
And dignified struggle.
Pushing a cart of beachwear, or casting a net for sardines
the clock moves much slower in this world. 

Tourists have taken over the edges, but nature takes notes and marks the
trails where it's safe to wander.
Most of the time.
On the day of the earthquake in Japan, and thousands of miles away
on Veradero beach, a cold front moved in and sent the happy holidayers
sprinting for shelter.

It was a magnificent moment. Nature -1. Sunbathers - 0.

Away from the edge, and into the woods, the struggle is relentless
and the termites never stop.
Their home is impermeable to the winds and rains and seasons and tourists.
Awesome.
The bees have figured it out too. And on this rock, they built their home.
Safe from the scrabble and the scrambling of other creatures.
Essential.
And sweet.
Like Cuba.




8 comments:

toemail said...

Wow, that sure looks like quite the storm coming in!

faye said...

Beautiful shots.!!!

Murr Brewster said...

My goodness! Your sky shot is superlative. And who knew bees made flapjacks?

Ruth said...

I love your photos!! It is nice to see variations on the usual beach shots. The weather front is spectacular but I may like the first picture best (at this moment anyway).

Dave said...

nicely captured....words and pics

nomore said...

Beautiful ! Beautiful pictures and very nice a post !!!

DUTA said...

You've got an eye for details.
Two of your pictures have mostly impressed me: the first one with the vending cart, and the picture with the ominous looking sky and zero bathers in the water.

Light and Voices said...

And after taking that shot of the wave coming in you were safe? My goodness, I would have headed for the hills. Nice job!
Joyce M