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Friday, October 20, 2006

Trees in Sunset (07-31-2006)

Trees in Sunset
Originally uploaded by pictureinfocus.

Christ Church, Barbados
Bike Riding

Finally, after riding for a bit I arrived at Sir Garfield Sobers Gymnasium. Just about everyone was jogging, running or walking. For me, my legs were tired form peddling. But I found what I was looking for in the first place, a sunset.

I took the shots quickly and headed back to Frere Pilgrim. The night was encroaching, and I had no light on the bike. A few hills to pull before I am home…

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Thursday, October 19, 2006

St. David’s Church (07-31-2006)

church steeple
Originally uploaded by pictureinfocus.

St. David’s Church
Christ Church, Barbados
Bike Riding

No matter what day it is when I am in Barbados it seems that I want to get out and ride my bike. Even if it is for an half of an hour I have to do it. When it comes to riding I feel that I am 12 again. Really, I am fearless when I am on my bicycle. Transformed back in time I ride like hell all over Barbados. Only now, I observe the beauty in almost every thing I see. And I have to sometimes, stop myself from taking a million pictures.

All that riding was making me sweat like crazy. I stopped for a rest at St. David’s Church, drank some water and ate a granola bar. I pass this church on my way to town most days. The church was vacant now so I got out my trusted camera and took a few shots. I love the architecture of this church. Sometime in the future I must research more about this beautiful church.

Bike Riding (07-31-2006)

My Mountain Bike Eggerton Plantation

Eggerton Plantation
Christ Church, Barbados
Bike Riding

I was riding hard this evening in search of a sunset. It was a bit late in the evening but it was beautiful. The winds were howling as I rode and I felt like Lance Armstrong. Lord knows I can’t seem to get the kid out of me. My Grand mother wants to know if I can’t grow up. Why do I have to ride all over the place is her cry every time I venture out. Maybe I will grow up when I am 70.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Emancipation Sunset (08-01-2006)

Emancipation Sunset
Originally uploaded by pictureinfocus.
Emancipation Sunset
Speightstown, Old Main Road
St. Peter, Barbados

A simple sunset can mean so many things to so many people. But for me today its meaning is EMANCIPATION.

As a child when we went on drives through the countryside or the coast, I really never thought of the struggles and plights that the slaves living in Barbados had to endure. I was free and believed it was always that way. Well, I know different now.

Today (08-01-2006) is Emancipation Day in Barbados. It is in recognition of the abolition of slavery here in Barbados. I did not attend the Emancipation walks today. Instead I rode my bicycle through St. George admiring what a beautiful country this is.

Now, I am capturing the sunset with the help of my niece. Her grasp of trying to hold or covet the sunset is my symbol of taking freedom into your own hands. This generation of Barbadians did not have to forge a revolt, escape shackles, or kill in the name of freedom. We simply have to remember many of our forefathers died in the process of making Barbados what it is today.

But slavery is not dead in the true sense of the word. There is still classism in this country. It is rooted. And like Tuberculosis, it is ever resilient to the daily penicillin of moral fiber, brotherhood, justice, family, law, respect, and all the other misgivings of inhumanity.

God Bless Barbados!