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Weekly Photo Challenge: Ooh, Shiny!

Clotheslines

Location: Palermo, Sicily, Italy
 
Whenever I travel, I bring along a pocket camera. It’s good enough for me since I have no patience fiddling with settings and stuff. Just like typical tourists, I tend to point and shoot indiscriminately, thanks to the availability of memory cards that can store thousands of pictures. If there’s one thing that differentiate me from the others, it’s that I don’t take selfies.

Even with an outstanding guide, distractions can happen on a tour. When they occur, a pocket camera can be your friend. Just draw and fire at will to save them for posterity.

Seeing the familiar in unfamiliar places provides a pleasant distraction to me. It could be as simple as the sight of clothes hanging out to dry. For one thing, it reminds me of the place I grew up in the Philippines. On the other, it’s gratifying to experience this common thread that binds people regardless of geography and distance.

As for any distraction that has become more of an inconvenience than anything else, I suggest that you treat it as part of the experience. Who knows? Many years down the road, when time has smoothened its rough edges, you’d be able to remember it with fondness.

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August 19, 2017 at 10:00 pm 6 comments

Weekly Photo Challenge: Elemental

Galapagos Islands

Location: Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
 
A trip to the Galapagos Islands is a step back in time. Situated about 880 miles from the Ecuador mainland, it’s a place so remote that it remains unspoiled by human development.

Galapagos Islands

 
If you want to imagine what the world might look like thousands of years ago, this group of islands will be close. It was formed and still continue to be formed as a result of volcanic activities underneath the ocean’s surface. It features elemental landscapes and an amazing variety of wildlife that has survived and evolved under the harsh environment.

Galapagos Islands Galapagos Islands
Galapagos Islands Galapagos Islands

 
Surprisingly, the birds and animals that live in the islands are so full of themselves. They have no natural fear of humans. They continue to mind their own business even when approached for a photo shoot.

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August 10, 2017 at 8:25 pm 6 comments

Weekly Photo Challenge: Textures

Mushrooms

Location: Sofia, Bulgaria
 
After checking in at our hotel in Sofia early that afternoon, I decided to visit the nearby park to get a feel for the place. While walking around, I saw something that appeared to be a cluster of horse’s poop. When I got closer, I found them to be wild mushrooms.

Back home, it would appear so familiar to elicit much interest. But in that moment, I felt it offered more. Its color and texture filled my senses with something beautiful and delightful that I immediately grabbed my pocket camera and took a picture.

It’s what traveling to places that you’d never been before gives you. It has the power to transform. It can change your perspective making even the most mundane look special.

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August 5, 2017 at 1:38 pm 10 comments

Weekly Photo Challenge: Satisfaction

Rab Island Picnic

Location: Rab Island, Croatia
 
Food satisfies. It provides comfort when you’re by your lonely self. But it feels better when it is shared. After all, we’re social animals.

The above photo was taken while we were having a picnic lunch in Rab Island. A member of our group thought of sharing the goodies to the island kids. What a splendid idea!

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July 29, 2017 at 9:31 am 4 comments

Weekly Photo Challenge: Unusual

Hallstatt Cemetery

Location: Hallstatt, Austria
 
While visiting Austria, I was amazed at how beautiful and well-maintained the cemeteries are. The graveyard plots look more like small gardens.

Hallstatt Cemetery

 
Americans may find it unusual, but you don’t buy a gravesite in this part of the world. It’s leased for a certain period of time instead. In Halstatt, for instance, I was told that a family can lease the plot and maintain the rights to it until its last member dies.

Beinhaus Beinhaus

 
As the need arises, the family prepares the plot for reuse by exhuming the remains of the current occupant and the bones are either transferred to the ossuary or cremated. In some cases, the skull is saved and cleaned and put on display in the Beinhaus (Bone House). Once the last member of the family dies, the plot becomes available for another family to take over.

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July 21, 2017 at 2:08 pm 4 comments

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