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Showing posts from August, 2013

Good Morning Colorado

5:00 AM wakeup to catch the sunrise at the Flatirons in Boulder. We hiked a mile and a half on a rather steep incline of 800 + feet. It didn’t look that steep until we turned around and looked down. We paused to catch our breath and encountered a few adolescent bucks who were quite brave at the site of us even though we were carrying tripods which, could be misinterpreted as rifles. The deer stared at us for a few moments, and went on their merry way across the path to the meadow for a bit of early morning grazing. No pictures though, sometimes you just have to enjoy the moment.

We spent some time looking for the ‘right’ spot but the clouds didn’t quite reveal the sunrise ‘Magic Hour’ we were hoping for. We got some pretty decent shots anyway, experimented with the Nikon CoolPix camera using different angles on the wild flowers with the Flatirons in the background.

We had planned to visit a sunflower field then next day and opted to just go out there after the Flatirons - sin…

Chicken Bus?

Old yellow school buses shine like never before in Central America - the Chicken Bus. These are privately owned bus companies with fierce competition for customers. They are decorated and painted to lure the would be rider to choose their bus rather than another. They are known for driving fast on the mountain roads, the faster the better - faster means more riders!

Lake Atitlan - Guatemala

Lake Atitlan is surrounded by many villages, in which Maya culture is still prevalent and traditional dress is worn. The Maya people of Atitlán are predominantly Tz'utujil and Kaqchikel. The Maya weave textiles and each group has their own pattern.

Santiago Atitlán is the largest of the lakeside communities, and is noted for its worship of Maximón, an idol formed by the fusion of traditional Mayan deities, Catholic saints and conquistador legends. The institutionalized effigy of Maximón is under the control of a local religious brotherhood and resides in various houses of its membership during the course of a year, being most ceremonially moved in a grand procession during Semana Santa.   Source:án

The rain was starting to let up as we walked through a maze of cobblestone alleyways to the house of Maximón. The courtyard was was thick with the smoke of incense and the light drizzle of rain collected on the blue plastic tarp which was hap…