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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…



Photo Friday: Natural Light

February 11, 2013 – Day 570

The picture below is my response to the Photo Friday challenge of “natural light“.

In February of this year, the family made a trek out to Iguazu Falls (as mentioned before here and here), a stunning natural wonder of falling water that straddles the border of Brazil and Argentina.

As this week’s challenge is all about natural light, please allow me to show you what happens when sunlight interacts with droplets of water.

Why are there so many songs about these arcs?

Why are there so many songs about these arcs?

As you can see from some previous postings (like here and here), I’m a sucker for arcs of color.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Lost in the Details

From WordPress, their photographic challenge this week is entitled, “Lost in the Details“. The creator of this challenge asks bloggers to “…bring out the details that are often hiding in plain sight” and this is my response.

In the middle of February, the family travelled to Iguazu Falls (or Cataratas del Iguazú if you like your beautiful stunning natural landmarks named in Spanish). One day was spent on the Brazilian side of the falls and the second day was spent on the Argentine side. The officials on the Argentine side have built a walkway that extends right to the lip of the largest portion of the falls called “The Devil’s Throat“. The trek out to La Garganta Del Diablo is long and there are several picture-perfect sights one can stop at and take photographs.

One example is below…

Just an ordinary shot of a river, rocks, and vegetation

Just an ordinary shot of a river, rocks, and vegetation

But, hey, what is that lump hanging out in the lower left-hand corner of this picture?

Don't mind me!

Don’t mind me!

It’s a lurking animal that probably contains a bevy of sharp, pointy teeth. It could be a caiman or a crocodile or an alligator.  I didn’t leave the safety of the walkway I was on to interview it so I never did find out. I’m a blogger, not a herpetologist.

I think these pair of shots show how important it can be to not become lost in the details. That “rock” you breezily dismiss could cost you a limb.

Two Down, Five to Go

During the end of January and the start of February, the family and I took two weeks out of our summer and partook of a cruise around the eastern parts of South America.

There were many highlights to this getaway vacation, but this was the biggest takeaway for me.

The New Open World Corporation (NOWC) has a campaign called New7Wonders. One of the first results of this campaign was to name – via open voting over the Internet – the New 7 Wonders of the World. This designation was in homage to the 7 Ancient Wonders of the World, six of which have been lost to the ages. Only the Pyramids of Giza still exists, which is also the oldest of the Ancient Seven.

In addition, NOWC also launched a campaign to list the New 7 Wonders of Nature.

This most recent trip allowed us to visit sites on both the New Wonders list and the Wonders of Nature list.

Starting with Rio de Janeiro, we visited the statue of Christ the Redeemer, which is considered to be the largest Art Deco statue on the globe. I wonder the second-largest Art Deco statue is?

In December of 2011, we visited Machu Picchu, which was the first of the New 7 Wonders. With our stop in Rio, the second of the seven new man-made wonders can be crossed off our list.

Two Down

Two Down

I vote for this place to be the third to be checked off.

On the Nature-made side of the Wonder category, our trip ended with a visit to Iguazu Falls – a stunning set of waterfalls that straddle the border between Brazil and Argentina. These falls were the second Wonders of Nature location we had visited as the first was the Amazon, which we travelled to last year around this time.

There is no one picture that could capture the entire majesty of the falls, so this lone picture will have to suffice to give you a glimpse of its aquatic glory.

Another Two Down

Another Two Down

Perhaps the Puerto Princesa Underground River will be the third natural wonder we will see.