Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections


This week’s photo challenge from the Daily Post is: Reflections and is guest hosted by Jared Bramblett. Welcome to some of my favorite Venezuelan reflections.  I hope you enjoy.

andes reflections of rain and treescatatumbo water reflections girl in carcatatumbo wavy reflectionscatatumbo reflections of housescatatumbo clouds reflected on waterDelta Orinoco cloud reflectionsdelta orinoco reflections of a treelos llanos reflectionsdelta orinoco reflections of feet

A few more to peruse

  1. Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections | Abrupt Departure
  2. Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections « The Eclectic Eccentric Shopaholic
  3. Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections « Something Unspoken
  4. Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections | Traveller soul
  5. Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections (II) « All that I am, all that I ever was…
  6. Unlimited Vision « IMAGES & WORDS
  7. Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections « Pictures for Froghopper
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SUNDAY POST : Natural Resources


Jake’s theme for this week is natural resources…click here to go to his page.  His weekly challenges always present a challenge for me because I like to find photos that are a little outside of the box.  This week I’m going to stay very much in the box and only as a side-note step out.  I hope you enjoy.

My first photos are from a visit to a Cambodian silk thread weaver factory.  We saw the process of creating yarn from piles of leaves to larvae to silkworm to yarn to weaving.  It was amazing to watch these ladies work, knowing that these ladies sat in these positions for hours using the natural resources that surround them to make a living as well as to create beautiful natural crafts.

Cambodia Silk making factory. Ladies weaving the thread.

Cambodia Silk making factory. Ladies weaving the thread.

Textile machines in silk factory

Silk worms at the silk factory in Cambodia

Silk baskets that hold the silkworms while they weave/spit their threads.

Silkworm bush to harvest silk.

Bed of leaves to grow and feed silk worm

Silk worm bushes/trays.

The next group of photos come from Spokane, Wa (natural water resources) and the drive to Seattle, WA (natural wind resources).

A river runs through it. Spokane, WA has a river running through the center of the city. Over the years it has helped to create energy for the city as well as a beautiful backdrop for the 1976? World’s Fair.

Windmills that produce energy on I 95. A very windy area.

A river runs through it. Spokane, WA has a river running through the center of the city. Over the years it has helped to create energy for the city as well as a beautiful backdrop for the 1976? World’s Fair.

Windmills that produce energy on I 95. A very windy area.

This is a water fountain in the middle of the city. I was told that it is fed by the Spokane river that runs through the city.

Windmills that produce energy on I 95. A very windy area.

Windmills that produce energy on I 95. A very windy area.

These next four photos are from Catatumbo, Venezuela.  They are of some local crabbers making their living and feeding their family off of the natural resources of the water they live in and are surrounded with daily.

The man doing the work. Amazing to watch their handmade crab trappers and how fast this man needs to work to catch each crab.

The job and the net

Local crabbers living on Venezuela’s natural resource

The haul

These final pictures are simply of people (me included) enjoying a variety of natural resources.

Sailing on wind power in San Francisco Bay

Using nature and a natural phenomena to enjoy the cold.

Climbing trees in Shanendoah National forest.

Trying to break up some dead wood for a fire using natural resources to do the task.

Hauling dead wood to create seating at a camp in the Shanendoah National Forest

Just hanging around on a hike in Shanendoah National Forest

Climbing trees in Shanendoah National Forest.

Some of my favorites in no particular order.

  1. SUNDAY POST: Natural Resources | Tea with a Pirate –
  2. sunday post : natural resources | bodhisattvaintraining
  3. Windmill at Sunset | Canoe Communications
  4. Sunday Post: Natural Resources…The Children of the World
  5. Eye candy | Thirdeyemom
  6. The Giving Tree | Thirdeyemom
  7. Sunday Post: Natural Resources « patriciaddrury
  8. SUNDAY POST : Natural Resources | tahira’s shenanigans
  9. Sunday Post:  Natural Resources -Another Day in Paradise
  10. Sunday Post : Natural Resources « restlessjo
  11. Positive Parental Participation
  12. Natural Resources. « Luddy’s Lens
  13. Jake’s Sunday Post: Natural Resources | A Number of Things
  14. BAMBOO- A Natural Resource « Zeebra Designs & Destinations
  15. If a tree falls | Beyond the Brush
  16. Jake’s Sunday Post theme: Natural resources « newsferret
  17. Tell me, was it one of those days? | The Wanderlust Gene
  18. Longing « Stray Thoughts
  19. SUNDAY POST: Natural Resources Wool | Cee’s Life Photography
  20. Wind Turbines | Figments of a DuTchess

 

Travel theme: Mystical


Alisha from Where’s My Backpack was inspired by a beautiful photograph that Vlad posted over at Wind Against Current.  I was inspired by both.  Having been born in raised in the state of Washington Alisha’s photos made me just a TAD homesick.

Staying in the theme of my last 3 blogs, I will continue with mystical visions from Catatumbo, Venezuela.  Being most fond of the morning sun rising, daylight streaming through trees and flowers and windows, I find that there is just something about dusk and a setting sun that evokes “spiritually symbolic, otherworldly, ethereal or mysterious” feelings inside me.  Maybe it’s that I know sleep will soon be upon me..

I have also included a few other mystical visions from my final trip in Venezuela. I hope you enjoy looking at these as much as I enjoyed taking them.

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What I do deny is that you can build any enduring society without some such mystical ethos.  — Herbert Read

The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. Einstein

31 days of randomness Personal Inspiration 11- Random Behavior


In continuation of my 31 days of randomness – Day 11- Pure randomness.

There are often times I do things just to make myself laugh.  Sometimes there is no rhyme or reason as to why I do these things or when they will play out.  I’ve previously mentioned some of my random addictions – photos through the glass – and other weird pictures that I obsess on.

I have a friend who photographs his feet in a variety of different locations.  Another who insists that everyone in an area jump at the exact moment a picture is being taken.  Another friend who insists on standing in an elevator facing other people in the elevator instead of facing the door.  I have a few friends who LOVE to photo bomb strangers.  There is no reason for any of these activities except possibly to make someone laugh or just for pure personal enjoyment.

While at a random event in Itaewon, Korea my friend Laura had stolen my camera and somehow got everyone (including myself) to pose in this very peculiar position.  I still do not know what it meant or why we all did it, but it really brought back some good memories.  Sometimes it’s fun just for no reason at all to get a bunch of random people together and do something random.. for no other reason but to have a laugh later on.

I hope you enjoy.  I’m guessing you won’t as much as I did…

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2009 seemed to be the year for randomness.. but remember how much fun it was?

This all started from a random site I found called thenester.com.  Apparently there is a group of people who have committed to posting a topical theme a day for 31 days.  31 Dayers 2012

A Last Look Peru


OK.. this is it I promise.  My last pictures of Peru.  I know it seems I was there for a month but I do love to take pictures and share.  I flew into Peru on a Thursday night and back to Venezuela on a Tuesday afternoon.  The country was amazing and consisted of mountains, beaches, deserts and rain forests.  Much of the natural landscape has stayed intact as Peruvians have notably had less of an impact on their natural world than many other countries.  It is a place that often really feels like you are stepping back in time.

According to a tour guide, some of the earliest inhabitants arrived here more than 15,000 years ago and only began to spread out about 5,000 years ago.  The most important Peruvian culture were the Incas who lived in Peru around 600 years ago.  The Incas built Machu Picchu and many other religious grounds before being conquered by the Spanish in 1532.

There are many natural resources including Gold, silver, copper, zinc, lead and iron and they even have reserves of oil and natural gas.  Despite this fact this country remains one of the world’s poorest and the people of Peru often struggle just to find a job and feed their families.  It was an amazing experience and I do hope that I can return at some point to visit other areas around the entire country as 5 short days were just not sufficient to complete such a journey.

I hope you enjoy my final pictures and actually consider visiting this beautiful country as well.

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