Friday, August 29, 2014

Saturday's PhotoHunting: Joy

From Machu Picchu - Peru

Whether I get there by plane, train, automobile, boat or foot. 
When I travel to a place in this world, I have always dreamed of seeing.
It's difficult to find the words to describe what I'm feeling in that moment. 
Sometimes I feel like there are just no words. 
But if I had to find the words, it would only be one.


From the Eiffel Tower-Paris, France  

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Friday, August 22, 2014

Saturday's PhotoHunting: Umbrellas

Let your soul be satisfied 
with the odd beauty of this landscape
that although the world walk in truth
you'll never find, like this, nothing.

Good and bad dynamic and changing
find here, from 1st name, 
keep in your heart of man humble
a true and consistent message.

Meditate and feel the deep emotion
contemplating the vibrant climax 
eternal mist that is circled.

And do not try to describe it in your voice
only he leans his forehead against the abyss
is the mirror of the word God
~ Alfonso Ricciutto

Once upon a time . . . . I woke up in a place called Iguazu, Argentina.  I said to myself, today, I have a plan to see Garganta del Diablo (Devil's Throat). To get there I will take the train from the Cataratas del Iguazu train station. Then I will walk 1km on these metal walkways.  

At the start, there was some light rain but that didn't dampen my excitement.  About 20 more yards and I can already hear and feel the power of Garganta del Diablo.

Everyone wore these plastic hooded rain ponchos, a few carried umbrellas. Most of them were solid colors and rather ordinary. Happily I spotted a Minnie Mouse contribution to brighten things up.  I wish I had found one with Hello Kitty for fellow Photohunter, YTSL (Webs of Significance), but no such luck. It was a Disney fan tour group. 

Umbrellas come in different sizes too. Here the group photographer pulls out the big guns to protect his camera and gear. I can relate, it was hard keeping my lens dry. 

Here it is.  Devil's Throat! 

Suddenly, the sky opens up and there's a heavy downpour with thunder.  By this time the big tour group left and it was just a handful of us watching Garganta del Diablo thundering away.   

After taking a lot of photos and video, I put my camera away and just like these two visitors, I just stood there for about an hour in awe!  With no umbrella I got drenched. But it was okay, because I realize that I may never get to experience this again and I was soaking it all in (literally and figuratively).  As it turns out I did return the next day when the sun was out. It was nice to be able to see the falls more clearly without the mist and rain.

But honestly, there was just something uniquely special about this day's experience.   This little adventure taught me that sometimes in life you just have to say screw it. I don't care if I get wet (or whatever).  I'm just going to let the rain come down on me so I can enjoy this very fleeting magical moment. And yes, I did say Whoo Hoo and Whoa out loud several times. 

The End. At least for now. :)

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Friday, August 15, 2014

Saturday's PhotoHunting: People At Work

People at work in one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

Venice, Italy .  .  . what a great place to work in. 

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Friday, August 8, 2014

Saturday's PhotoHunting: Music

While visiting Prague in 2006 I was hanging out in the main square when I spotted a group of musicians playing. 

Suddenly the drummer whips out a couple of empty plastic bottles and without skipping a beat just slayed it on the drums.  I loved it!

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Friday, August 1, 2014

Saturday's PhotoHunt: Hobby

Here is a photo collection of a couple of people who share the same hobby as I do.

I love photography as a hobby, but it can also be a rewarding profession for some folks too. Here is a photographer I found going the extra mile to capture images of the very popular salt ponds in Peru.  Mad respect, because the walking path was very narrow and carrying all that equipment couldn't have been very easy.

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Friday, July 25, 2014

Saturday's PhotoHunting: Modern Architecture

The Walt Disney Concert Hall  is an amazing piece of modern architecture and is therefore my contribution to this week's PhotoHunt theme. 

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Saturday's PhotoHunting: Nails

Oh my, those are some pretty long nails you have there!

I know it's a bit of a stretch, but not only did I have computer issues this week, but once it was corrected, I then had a bad case of PhotoHunter's "block". This take just sort of came to me in the last hour.  Whew!  :)

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Friday, July 11, 2014

Saturday's PhotoHunting: Pasta

I love Pasta . . .

And I love all things that go with Pasta.  Here is a very delicious Shrimp with Pasta dish I ordered for dinner at the South Point Hotel in Las Vegas.  Goes well after an exciting game of Bingo. :)

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Friday, July 4, 2014

Saturday's PhotoHunting: Paper

"Romeo, Romeo wherefore art thou Romeo!"

On my 2005 Grand European whirlwind group tour, I visited the town of Verona to see the "supposed" balcony where the famous love scene between the fictional characters of William Shakespear's Romeo and Juliette took place. Although the balcony has no real connection with the two fictional characters, it is nevertheless a very popular tourist attraction for romantics visiting from all over the world. 

While researching to write this post, I found an interesting NPR article, Letters of Heartbreak Find Some Love in Verona, Italy. Apparently, the City of Verona created this Juliete Club Office where a group of volunteers pour over the more than 6,000 letters received addressed to Juliete from around the world. The office pays for the space and stamps, but these beautiful volunteers use their shared experiences to respond to these letters of love and heartache. I think this group of volunteers and what the City of Verona is doing to support the Juliet Club is pretty awesome. 

And for those of us who are fortunate to be able to visit Verona, we can post our feelings and thoughts directly on Juliet's love wall. 

Here's a cool video guide box surrounded by more love notes. 

Love notes up, down and everywhere.

And finally for my take on this week's PH theme.  Love notes found using a wide variety of paper.  

Happy 4th of July everyone!

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Friday, June 27, 2014

Saturday's PhotoHunting: Portrait

While visiting the the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, I stumbled upon this cool puzzle of Van Gogh's famous self portrait. With only three levels to work with I thought this would be an easy and fun puzzle to do.   

Well, turns out it wasn't as easy as I thought it was going to be. Notice the third left eye, which I didn't notice until I saw my photos later that night.  Major fail! 

I think one of these photos is a re-post.  :)

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