Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections

Day 213 – February 20, 2012

Reflections is the theme from WordPress and their Weekly Photo Challenge.

As many of the challenge responses (I’m guessing) will use the element of water to some extent, I was reminded of the trip our family took in February of this year to the Amazon River (the second longest river in the world and the largest in terms of water discharge) section of Peru.

During that trip, we visited the town of Iquitos and enjoyed viewing the flora and fauna of the rich and diverse jungle.

In addition, we also journeyed to the town of Indiana, Peru. No, not Peru, Indiana, but Indiana, Peru. Find out how this village was formed and why it has the name it has by clicking here.

While there, which occurred during one of the more rainy days of our trip, I took this picture.

Volunteers in Indiana, Peru

The guy in red can’t see the tree for the leaves

The main part of this picture show residents of the village as they carry a palm tree from the docks to a main plaza area where the tree will be part of a local festival. My memory fails me as to what the actual ceremony and festivity was. It is entirely possible that the arboreal item in this picture has something to do with Ash Wednesday (which was two days away when this picture was taken), but I could be wrong. The boots of the men, the umbrella being held to the left of the picture, and the water soaking the sidewalk (and providing the reflection which is the hook for this here post) all show that this area of Peru is no stranger to large quantities of precipitation. That and the fact the town sits right on the river’s edge also shows the need for water-proof footwear. This climate is in stark contrast to the Lima, Peru’s capital city, where it rarely rains. As long as I have been in Lima, I have never heard the sound of raindrops hitting our windows.

Truth be told, citizens of Lima say it is raining when I would classify it as barely drizzling.

I also like this picture because it showcases the type of taxi common in the smaller towns and outlying areas. The tricycle taxi is used in those areas where regular taxis (think Chevy Chevette), combis (think mini-van) and large buses (think large bus) are too large. These smaller three-wheeled vehicles can either be motorized or human-powered. Either way, these tricycle taxi reflect the Peruvian traits of hard work and business acumen.

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About sinpolaris

Xavier Humes is the psuedonym of an American living in Lima, Peru, with his wife and family. That's about all's ya need to know concerning me...except to enjoy the posts.

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