|This is part of the Cordillera Oriental of the Andes,|
stretching from Bogota, on the equator south of us,
all the way north near the Caribbean Ocean.
This is what the Andes look like around 9 a.m. These mountain ranges are relatively young, geologically speaking, and if you look closely you can see that although they reach upwards to 13 or 14,000 feet, the red, clay-based rocks are underneath the green growth. It is for this reason that preserving trees and other soil-holding plants is so important to Colombia. That muddy bit in the lower left corner is the Rio Suarez.
|This balancing act of stone and wood and tile really|
captured my eye on my morning walk.
We are passing out of the rainy season so there are more and more mornings when the sun is shining brightly - and intensely - as soon as it clears the horizon to the east.
In a little less than three weeks, the second annual film festival will take place here: FICBA II. That will bring lots of new folks to see this quiet village, only for five days it will be anything but.
I don't quite understand the point of trying to make this into a mini-Cannes or Berlin or Los Angeles with an all-night dance hall, bright flashing lights everywhere and rivers of alcohol lubricating everyone so they can go and sit on uncomfortable folding chairs and pretend they connect with some weird filmmaker who thinks its cool or artistic to do a handi-cam film following some suicidal teenager around.
Last year I created a bit of a stir when I insisted that the people at the entrance to the various films be more diligent in assuring that the films were age-appropriate. This came about when I saw two pre-teens heading into see something I was pretty sure they were not ready to see. I hope they do a better job of that this year.
But some of the films did warrant a viewing so I'm looking forward to seeing the schedule.
|Because vehicles are so very expensive here, older ones|
are preserved very well. This is one of my personal local
favorites; totally NOT the original color but still cool!
Thanks for stopping by and I will close with the sunset taken at the end of this day.
|The same view of the Andes at sunset. You can see the Rio Suarez at|
the lower left heading off to meet up with the mighty Magdelena.