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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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Photo Friday: Clothing

Day 213 – February 20, 2012

Clothing” is the photographic theme this week from Photo Friday.

Since I have no sense of fashion, I offer up for this challenge the sartorial styling of the Yagua people of the Peruvian portion of the Amazon jungle.

Yagua tribesmen with blow darts

Yagua tribesmen with blow darts

If anyone feels the urge to make a snarky comment about a man in a skirt, you should know these folks are dead-shots with their blow gun darts…and those little darts hurt.

Iquitos Fauna: A to T

Day 212 – February 19, 2012

As promised, here are some photos of our family’s trip to the Peruvian portion of the Amazon River.

Over the few days that we were there, we saw a variety of animals including…

…”A” is for:

Anaconda

Anaconda

…”B” is for:

Butterfly

Butterfly

…”C” is for:

Coatl

Coati

…”D” is for:

Deer

Deer

…”Ma” is for:

Macaw

Macaw

…”Mo” is for:

Pair of Monkeys

Monkeys

…”S” is for:

Sloth

Sloth

…”Ta” is for:

Tapir

Tapir

…”To” is for:

Toucan

Toucan

To say the Amazon jungle is teeming with life is the classic understatement.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Together

Day 212 – February 19, 2012

Together is the theme of this week’s photo challenge from WordPress.

My photographic offering for the theme once again takes me to our February outing to the Peruvian portion of the Amazon jungle (previous posts include here and here).

On this Sunday in particular, the family and I went to an animal rescue center. In addition to an ark’s worth of animals that we saw (and honestly, one day, I will post a plethora of pictures from that visit), there was one particular monkey that stole the show for us.

The monkeys at this rescue center are accustomed to having people around. They have no fear around humans and are quite happy to approach people and even jump on them as if they were trees. One monkey took a shine to my lovely wife and would not let go.

Monkey on back(pack)

Ah...togetherness

Every time one of the center’s staff would extricate the monkey, it would jump right back on her.

This off-again-on-again routine took place for about ten minutes and was only stopped when we boarded our flat-bottom boat to leave. Not that our departure deterred the monkey…but that’s a story for another day.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Distorted

Day 213 – February 20, 2012

This week’s photo challenge from WordPress has the theme of distorted.

First, the photo…

Yagua dancers in Peruvian Amazon jungle

Dancers in a dream

Over this weekend, as Summer Vacation here in the Southern Hemisphere was winding down, the family and I took a mini-vacation to the town of Iquitos, which is located in the Peruvian section of the Amazon jungle.

On our third day, our guide took us to a village populated by members of the Yagua people.

When we arrived, we were escorted into a structure that was explained to us to be a communal house.

Then, the villagers came in and performed two dances. The first dance, the one pictured above, was called the “Dance of Bliss”.

I obtained the effect for this picture by turning off the flash and keeping the camera as still as possible while the aperture remained open for a few seconds to compensate for the low light.

Enjoy.