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weekly photo challenge: changing seasons

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these pictures were from the galápagos islands trip in ecuador.

the galápagos islands have two seasons only. one is the garúa season or dry season that occurs from June to November. the other is the wet or rainy season that occurs from December to May.

since the islands enjoy a mild climate all year round, the passing of one season to another is indicated not by a change in temperature but rather by the amount of precipitation and cloud formation. diminishing rains and cloudy skies make up the garúa season while frequent rains and blue skies typify the wet season.

the pictures were taken one late october with my trusty canon pocket digital camera. as the garúa season was ending, you could see the wet season with its blue skies peeking out behind the clouds.

December 8, 2012 at 10:51 am 12 comments

weekly photo challenge: reflections

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these pictures were taken at the plitvice lakes national park in croatia. it’s one of the most beautiful places that i’ve seen or will ever see in this lifetime. in 1979, it was granted the unesco world heritage status.

the park is situated in a deep woodland between mountains populated by varieties of trees and vegetation. it features 12 Upper lakes and four lower lakes inter-connected by waterfalls descending from as high as 2,085 feet. it’s also home to several species of birds and animals.

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November 30, 2012 at 11:56 am 6 comments

weekly photo challenge: renewal

i took this photo at the auschwitz concentration camp in poland where millions of jews were exterminated by the germans during world war ii. no one who has visited the place can leave without feeing the pain and grief of the victims and the enormous loss of human lives.

it was on a spring morning when i went. walking around the concentration camp, i saw these blooming flowers surrounded by a crown of rusty thorns. they seemed to signify hope of renewal amidst the ruins, that all is not lost, if we don’t forget the lessons of the past.

November 9, 2012 at 2:59 pm 5 comments

weekly photo challenge: geometry


i took this picture at the recsk gulag camp in hungary operated in the early 50s during the communist era.

it was erected as a touching tribute to those who were incarcerated and forced to work without compensation and under the most harsh conditions in the nearby quarry. they were comprised of political prisoners, petty criminals, and able-bodied men picked up at random and accused of unsubstantiated charges by the security police. many of these victims remained nameless and disappeared without a trace.

i guess the geometric designs of the memorial can be interpreted many ways. to me it represents the crushing weight of the gulag on the individual robbed of his basic rights. what’s the ball on the top doing there? it must represent a wrecking ball to affirm that never again would this atrocity and affront to human dignity happen again.

November 2, 2012 at 4:17 pm 4 comments

weekly photo challenge: solitary

in may 2011, i took this photo of a human statue located at the bottom of the steps leading to the medieval walls of obidos in portugal. he was dressed to look like charlie chaplain. he refused to have his picture taken and would turn his back to the camera if no money was offered as a token of appreciation. it must be his attitude or something. on this day, he felt so alone. with tourists meandering around, the red pan by his feet remained empty.

September 21, 2012 at 10:41 pm 2 comments

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