Category Archives: PERU

Public Transportation–Peru Style

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Public Transportation–Peru Style From the shadow of our plane as we flew over the Nazca lines to our boat on the Amazon or the mini-cabs and even mini-police vehicle, Peru furnished some unique modes of public transportation, not to mention the Cristal truck that accelerated in front of us to get to our destination in time to furnish us a frosty reward for a day hard-spent in tourism!

Islas Ballestras of Peru: Cee’s Travel Theme Land Meets Water

                                            Islas Ballestras: Peru’s Galapagos

Sometimes where land comes together with water, that land is an island; and in Peru’s Ballestras Islands, it furnishes a wonderful preserve where millions of penguins, boobies, gulls, seals and other animals are able to live in a protected environment.

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To see Cee’s incredible panoramic coastline view and other photographers’ work, go HERE.

Sand Storm: Jennifer’s One Word Photo Challenge

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You’ll just have to imagine the wind blowing–and you would have one colossal sand storm!  These dunes are in Peru, Taken from the oasis shown in the aerial view.

One Word Photo Challenge: Sapphire

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In my editing of both of these pelican photos, I was striving for a painterly quality.


Google ‘Villa Salvador” in Lima, Peru, for the fascinating story behind this picture. It was taken in their communal kitchen, used to feed those without jobs for a a limited period while they search for employment.


“Found Still-life” Lima, Peru.


Detail of my retablo, “Rabbit in the Moon”

For more “Sapphire” photos, go to:

Weekly Photo Prompt: Descent

Photo Prompt: Descent—This week, show us your interpretation of descent.

You’ve seen this shot of a hot air balloon that has burst into flame and that is plummeting toward earth once before, but it is so perfect for this prompt that it is appearing for an encore performance. I guess I should mention that it was unmanned!DSC08029

Searching for a place to land on Candelabra Island, Peru.  I believe these are cormorants but I’m open to correction! One lonely pelican seems to have gotten in with the wrong crowd.DSCF1193

Peru Desert, descending to an oasis.DSCF1251

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Amazon Sunset.  Does the descent of the sun count?DSCF1721

During the rainy season, flying termites descend by the tens of thousands, entering houses  under sliding glass doors, through keyholes and hairline cracks.  They swirl around any light like dervish planets, then chew their wings off and worm their way into any vulnerable wood.  I think they mate somewhere along the way as well, or perhaps they chew their wings off in frustration over being those wallflowers left without a mate.  At any rate, I was dumb enough to leave my pool light on and the next morning awoke to find thousands of insects such as these, pinned upside down by their wings in the water.DSC06940

Those nimble few who had managed to chew their own wings off then stood on their detached wings or the wings of others as they helped them to chew their wings off.DSC06939

Once free of their wings, they either swam to safety, found spare wings to use as flotation devices or swam off to aid other termites held captive by their wings in a crucifix position.  It was both ghastly and fascinating and a huge cleanup operation!DSC06938

Another Candelabra Island, Peru descent.DSCF1151

Thousands of white pelicans winter on Lake Chapala, Mexico, where I live. These are a very few making a landing after their descent.DSC08786


Weekly Photo Challenge: Ancient Signs

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No one knows what or whom the Nazca lines were signaling, but their scale is awe-provoking. I loved playing with the position of the shadow of the plane in relation to the ancient symbols.
See more about the Nazca lines here.