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Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections

February 11, 2013 – Day 570

The theme this week from WordPress in their photo challenge is reflections.

My response this week takes the form of light reflected through drops of water. In other words…a rainbow.

In our family’s trip to Iguazu Falls, our second day was spent on the Argentina side. From a certain vantage point close to the first set of falls that you see on the tour, the mist from the falling water travels up and when the light hits it just right, you can see…



Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside

February 1, 2013 – Day 560

Inside is this week’s theme from WordPress. The last time WordPress chose this as a theme, my response took you to Sillustani near the waters of Lake Titicaca in Peru.

Today’s answer takes us again to South America, but this time to the country of Brazil and its city of Rio de Janeiro. Previous posts about our vacation stop in this city have highlighted landmarks such as Sugarloaf Mountain and Christ the Redeemer.

We were able to see those sights and many others courtesy of a tour operator that we had hired for the day. Near the end of the trip, our tour guide took us down the fabled beaches of Rio (including the Copacabana). One of the trademarks of the beach front portion of Rio is the distinctive sidewalks. Each section of this Brazilian city has its own pattern of black and white mosaics laid into the sidewalks. People in the know (and if they have enough street sense) can identify where they are on Rio’s beach scene simply by looking at the tiles.

While inside (and there’s my hook for this picture, thank you muchly) our tour van attempting to take pictures of this dichromatic diorama, we saw a scene that demanded its own picture.


You can see the black-and-white pattern of the sidewalk (and savvy travelers will be able to identify exactly where we are), but you can also see a guy lying on his stomach on a skateboard which is being pulled by a rope attached to the bicycle in front of him.

I can only wonder what is going on inside both of their heads to try such a stunt.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Up

February 1, 2013 – Day 560

Today’s photo is my response to WordPress’s Weekly Photo Challenge that has the topic of “Up

In February, the family took a cruise/vacation where our first port of call was the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro. As mentioned in a previous post, part of our scenic looksie through the city that will host the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympic Games was to make a stop at the statue known as Christ the Redeemer.

Here is my “up”lifting photo.


I look forward to the upcoming themes from WordPress such as toy stories, a bug’s life, and monsters.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Forward

…and we’re back attempting the weekly photographic challenges offered by the fine folks over at WordPress.

This week’s theme is forward.

My submission comes from our recently completed cruise. One of our stops was the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro, site of the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. A striking and iconic landmark of this city is the geologic formation known as Pão de Açúcar or Sugarloaf Mountain.

To reach the summit, one has to take a pair of cable car trips. This is a shot from the first station as we are about to go forward to the second station.

All aboard

All aboard

As Doctor Who‘s Tenth Doctor, played by David Tennant, would say at about this point, “Allons-y!”

Nowhere near Kansas

As mentioned in yesterday’s post, the family and I went on a nine-day cruise off the eastern shoreline of South America. We started in Brazil and in fact the majority of the passengers and a large portion of the crew were from that large country.

That last sentence was just the set-up for this query…

How can you tell you are on a Brazilian ship?

Because when the Super Bowl was being held on February 3 while we were at sea, the cruise line did not broadcast the game between the Ravens and the 49ers. No TV anywhere on the floating vessel – not in the cabins, not in the sports bar, not on the giant video screen by the pool – showed the teams coached by the Brothers Harbaugh battling it out.

However, a few days later, when Brazil played England in a friendly soccer game…that contest was shown on every available screen. Even the giant video display by the pool.

By the way, England won 2-1 much to the dismay of 98% of the passengers.