This week I am in Rio and my usual Friday My Town Shoot-Out photos focus on the town were I am on Fridays. But my first couple of photos, taken in Nova Friburgo last week, works perfectly for the Contorted topic. And then there are a few I took this week in Rio are quite twisted.
This first photo shows the layer of mud still covering the yard of a house down the street from a major slide. The house was undamaged, at the least the front where I was standing it looked unscathed but the front yard shows only one small area of hope, of green. I should go back and see how much green is poking up through the mud.
The second photo is of only one of the many cars littering this slide area. Its contorted frame attest to the ride it took down the hill, through homes and apartments, riding a fast current and being battered by large boulders also along for the ride.
I try to focus on the beauty around me. Last week I received several comments on framing about the beautiful that surrounds me where I live. Yes there is beauty around the lagoa, in Ipanema, in the Botanical gardens, but I would hate to have you come here to visit and during the drive from the airport to Ipanema think, ‘she lied, I want to go home mow’. Rio is a typical super-city with miles and miles of substandard housing, apartment building and businesses that haven’t been cleaned nor maintained for years, blights. Over the years I’ve learned or should say, I’ve taught my eye to see only the beauty. So here we are back on the beautiful side with twisted beauty in Rio.
I spent some time trying to find the name of these trees but had no success. They are small trees with smooth multicolored bark. Camillo thinks they were imported from Asia. If anyone has a guess let me know. I have talked before of the Ficus (fig) trees that line the streets of Ipanema, they also are along the lagoa. Big trees, roots running from high branches down into the ground, not because I find it beautiful but interesting, here is one last twisty photo of those roots as they run unhampered along the ground.