Weekly Photo Challenge: Humanity

This week’s challenge is to take photos we’ve shot while traveling, and which show humanity. I still think of photos I take in Boston as travel photos, even though we’re coming up on three years here. Still, though, most of my photos for this challenge will be from this spring’s trip to Colombia.

Observers at the Cambridge International Carnival.

Observers at the Cambridge International Carnival.

Man, outside the coffee cooperative we were visiting.

Man, outside the coffee cooperative we were visiting.

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Wide variety of pics here, most of farmers in Colombia who were showing Americans what they do, or just watching and listening as their family or friends did. 🙂 Good times.

If you have pics you thing will fit the theme, click on the link above and participate in the challenge. I dare you! 🙂

Landmarks and Statues (it’s as if I never left Colombia!)

We weren’t in Colombia as tourists, but we still managed to see a few tourist sites (that weren’t churches). Here are a few:

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A water fountain/statue, outside (and facing) the Basilica del Senor de los Milagros de Buga.

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The Basilica itself (see, I’ve already broken the “no church” rule!).This photo was shot by our translator, to whom I had loaned my camera. Oscar had a really good eye! I love this photo!

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Not to be ignored, I believe this image was made by our original translator, Henry. Tough to keep track of who’s shooting which direction! Also, a very nice image, and I’m sure that, a couple weeks ago, I’d have been able to tell you the name of the church (broke the rule twice in two images. I suck!).

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El Gato, in Cali.

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One of several la Gata statues showing support for El Gato.

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Another of the la Gata

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Christo Rey, which, we’re told, isn’t as grand as a similar statue in Brazil.

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Some of you have begged for pics of me. So here I am, humidity hair and all, with Christo Rey.

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One dramatic with clouds, the other close-up with a pigeon. OOOooohhhh.

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On the road up to Christo Rey, there were several spots where sculptures had been carved into the mountain and painted. On the way down, we met the artist!

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The artist, Carlos. Currently working on something smaller, and more easily sold.

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These are some of the mountainside carvings that have been done over the past few years. Carlos does great work!

 

 

Colombian Birds

This is far from an exhaustive post about all of the birds one will find in Colombia. It is, in fact, a few photos, and even fewer facts, about some of the birds which I saw, and which were close enough and held still enough for me to photograph.

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Those who follow the blog have also seen the peacock and red parrot photos, which I posted last week. Bird watching was a good time. I recommend it, if you’re planning on spending any time in Colombia.

Travel Theme: Cities

Having just returned this evening from one of the largest cities in Colombia, I have a few views from that city to share in this week’s Travel Theme. I’ve also got images from other cities. Great topic, Ailsa!

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Homeless men, sleeping in front of a fast-food restaurant, late morning, Saturday, Cali, Colombia.

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Homes on a hill, Cali, Colombia.

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Stilt-walkers, Cali, Colombia.

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Tot, trying to figure a way out of a purse and shoe store.

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NOT in Colombia. This poor choice of words is in Quincy, Mass.

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Happy days watching the St. Patrick’s Day parade in Boston.

If you want to participate in Ailsa’s challenge, go to Where’s My Backpack, and follow the few easy steps!!

Bathroom Gecko

This may be the cutest (truth alert – smallest; it’s no cuter than the others) gecko I’ve encountered in my nearly two weeks in Colombia.

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Now, to go to sleep, knowing that at any moment, this guy could climb into bed with me and do heaven-knows-what.