The Many Faces of Golondrina

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This is Golondrina, a mule on the Filodelphia coffee plantation in Antigua. I came across her in her stall while wandering around the plantation with my camera. She’s in retirement, a little old for rides now, but she obviously still loves the limelight. I swear, as soon as I raised my camera, she immediately started performing. Click! Smile. Click! Tongue out. Click! Braying laugh. Mules may have a reputation for being stubborn, but she was more cooperative than some humans I’ve shot. By the way, “golondrina” in Spanish means “sparrow” and is often used by artists and poets as a symbol of a migrant or transient. A wandering spirit with a stubborn streak – birds of a feather, Golo.

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