The weekly photo challenge this week is experimental. I experimented by taking this photo of a colorful tree through the trunk of a Crepe Myrtle tree.
I have a few more photos to share for a “Two for Tuesday” experimental post:
One bonus photo of our doggies when they were pups:
Wishing you a nice Tuesday.
Oh – and many of us think of Narami on Tuesdays – because for many years she has hosted the Tuesdays of Texture challenge from her perch in Puerto Rico. And…. as we all know, Puerto Rico was hit by Hurricane Maria on September 20th, 2017 (here) and it has been a long road to recovery.
Narami has posted a few updates on her blog – and one from last week was moving.
Here is a snippet:
“The first time I drove out of my house after hurricane María, three days after it went right through us; through our island and through our hearts, and through our lives, and through our dreams – three days after it went through our futures, for now we will talk of the days before the hurricane and the days after the hurricane and no one will even have to ask ‘which hurricane?’ Because everyone will know – the roads looked like they do on those ‘end of the world’ movies. Every few feet there was a tree or power pole and I had to keep going from one side of the road to the other. There was no zinc piece of ceiling in it’s place and they all lay on the ground looking like someone curled them as you curl a ribbon with scissors under a balloon.
It hurt. Every single broken thing hurt. I also felt alive, very consciously alive “I am living right now, in this broken place” I thought and I felt the air in my lungs and I held on to the steering wheel, feeling it under my hands, and I felt my hair on my cheeks. Everything looked surreal….”
and then this:
“A month after the hurricane went through us, right through us all, something peculiar happened: Puerto Rican flags started to pop up everywhere. In front of stores, in houses, in cars. It looks like we are celebrating Tito Trinidad winning a new belt, or a new Puerto Rican Miss Universe, or Monica Puig winning the gold medal. We were celebrating our lives. It is a wink to our compatriots, it is a hand in the shoulder, a “I know it’s a challenge, but you can do it”, a “don’t give up”, a “you’re doing good”.
The spirit of our people was shaken, but not destroyed.”
Go here for more – and let’s keep them in our prayers and also help in ways that we are able.