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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.


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:



…”B” is for:



…”C” is for:



…”D” is for:



…”Ma” is for:



…”Mo” is for:

Pair of Monkeys


…”S” is for:



…”Ta” is for:



…”To” is for:



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)


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: Journey

Day 214 – February 21, 2012

The theme this week is “Journey” from WordPress’s Weekly Photo Challenge.

Any journey is always better when you have someone to share it with. -Xavier Humes

Or, courtesy of someone much older than I, comes this quote from Izaak Walton from The Compleat Angler:

As the Italians say, Good company in a journey makes the way to seem the shorter.

Either quote you like takes us to today’s picture:

Friends atop boat in Peruvian Amazon

Could everyone move a shade to the left?

This was our family’s last day in the jungle of the Peruvian section of the Amazon jungle. We had packed up our belongings, said farewell to Senor Toby, and had boarded our steed for the ride back to Iquitos.

Our mode of transport for this 2-hour journey upstream was the Amazon Queen.

Joining us as they wended their back to Lima to enjoy the rest of their adventure in Peru were a gaggle of friends on holiday who were next off to see Cusco and Machu Picchu.

Before the Queen departed from our rickety wharf, they posed for a picture (seen above) with an edition of their local newspaper so they could send it to the Herald (or Gazette or Bugle or Planet or whatever the upstate New York periodical was called) to show where they had been on their vacation.

My lovely wife and I had a great time chatting with these folk as stories were exchanged, emails were given out, recommendations for fine dining in the City of Kings were recommended, and…

…because of their good company, the journey to Iquitos seemed much shorter than 120 minutes.

Photo Friday: From My Window

Day 213 – February 20, 2012

This week, the theme from the folks over at Photo Friday was “From My Window“.

While enjoying an exciting jungle adventure in the Peruvian Amazon, we saw this sight outside of our cabin.

We nicknamed him Senor Toby.

Tapir seen outside window in Peruvian Amazon jungle

From the family Tapiridae

He’s a tapir. Definitely not something you see every day.