On the distant outskirts of Trinidad, Cuba, my fellow travelers and I discovered a group of eight women making baskets. One woman, obviously the boss, invited us into the old cattle barn and allowed us to photograph.
This woman was stripping the stalks in half lengthwise.
Bundles of material ready to weave.
Working near a window for the light.
This woman never looked up from her work. Not knowing who we were, I think she was a bit afraid to stop.
After a couple of hours wondering I found myself near the oil-fired power plant in Havana. As in the U.S., many of these old plants have beautiful architecture so I got as close as I could.
Title on the sign: “Advice from the commander-in-chief”
As I rounded the corner I realized there was some repair work in progress.
Workers were replacing tubular air pre-heater modules and the old sections were being cut up on the ground.
New modules and duct-work were placed where the crane could pick them up.
I wanted to get a few images of the workers hanging on the side of the boiler house, but numerous security guards waved me away.
They don’t eat carrots out of your hand.
They don’t sleep in barns.
They don’t sport fancy saddles.
Most horses in Cuba are truly beasts of burden.
They plow fields and pull wagons and carts loaded with everything from people to bricks to water to food.
You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him …. swim.
While walking and photographing with Romnis ( https://wp.me/p4fUlX-Tt ) in Managua, Cuba, this gentleman approached us to chat. After a few minutes he said a prayer for us. Romnis then pulled out his phone and read a prayer back to him. Wonderful people.
I never know what activity I’ll find on Calle Salud in Habana Centro.
These gentlemen were preparing to re-silver a mirror.
If you have learned a skill, you’ll never be out of work. This is especially true in Cuba.
I’ve discovered several shops where ornamental iron work is fabricated. Skilled workers make custom door and window pieces for added home security and decoration.
Simple tools for simple jobs does not mean the jobs are easy.
Here, workers re-pave a section of the cobblestone street near Plaza Mayor in Trinidad, Cuba. Picks, shovels, and hoes are used to remove the stones. The area is leveled with gravel and the stones are refitted and tamped into place with wooden posts.
On this July day the work done is in the cool shade of early morning.