Monday, 4 February 2013


I have never taken part in Images and Words before, but this week's theme comes as I relook at the pics I took recently in Fuerteventura.  I don't post ALL the pics I take when travelling; apart from the fact that there are so many, I often take pics that appeal to me that probably won't move others the same way.  And I also have a collection of pics that might appeal to others, but which I have no vehicle, apart from a random post, to share with you.  This theme gives me the opportunity to post one such from my recent trip.

In the old fishing village of Corralejo, on the northern tip of Fuerteventura, is a memorial to the fishermen of the village.  The beauty of the statue lies not in a heroic representation of the fisherman, nor in an image of the artisan toiling to gather essential food for the village, but in a touching family group.  We so often forget that fishermen are at sea often for days, weeks even, and have to endure tempest and high seas in search of their ever-moving catch, whilst at home wait, patiently and fearfully, a wife and child.  And there are times when the boat doesn't come home.  Here the family are reunited as the boat comes in.  It is not the fish that is important, but the fisherman and his return again to the family home.  This statue is a symbol of all the village's fishermen and the village's thanks to them and wishes for their safe return.


The fishermen know that the sea is dangerous and the storm terrible, but they have never found these dangers sufficient reason for remaining ashore.

Vincent van Gogh


  1. That is a great quote and a great shot and a great statue. I was moved by all three, being from the Pacific Ocean shores and having a father in the navy.

  2. Welcome to IAW, Nomad - glad to have you with us.

    What a moving statue - the family gathered together all safe and sound. Thanks for the article and for your comment.

    My entry

  3. That's a great statue Neil, and a lovely quote you've paired with it. But best of all is your own text which gets to the essence of the image and the words.

  4. Love it - a wonderful statue and interesting text to match

  5. It's a beautiful statue, Neil, and an excellent description of it.

  6. Welcome Neil a find contribution very nicw work;)
    Images and Words

  7. Welcome Neil I am so glad to have you with us..
    Where is that Country? It is one I have never heard of.
    That is an excellent statue and very interesting description.
    Great quote too.

    We have a similisr one ine my city - only it honors the fishermen who
    have lost their lives in Alaska.

  8. I love the sentiment and the statue....
    mine is on my page and on muse [first time for me too]