Category Archives: Travel

Haiku

No one travels
Along this way but I,
This autumn evening.

Matsuo Basho (1644-1694)

 

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Monkey family

I got to test my brand new zoom lens in South Africa and Namibia! Lucky me! here´s the first post of (hopefully) a lot with photographs of this amazing countries and their landscapes and animals.

This was my first time in Africa, and for sure I´ll be back, to know other countries and back to these two that are absolutely breathtaking. When I sort the pictures trying to choose the best shots to post, it´s not easy. Beside the amount of pictures taken, it´s how stunning a lot of them are. I take breaks and remember the trip, and how I felt. And now I feel blessed that I got to see all this marvelous this nature has to offer.

In this occasion I´ll show you this family of monkey, mother, father and baby. Very cute!

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Under pressure

I know this is supposed to be a photography blog, but this time I´m gonna expand a little.

Last year I started an internal process resulting in me discovering I want to remain childfree (this is fun: wordpress spellcheck says this word is wrong! suggests ¨children¨). This conclusion was hard to express aloud in general, and my serious worries were about my boyfriend desires. Fortunately I found he feels the same way, which was a relief.

I read a lot, and still do, about this subject. Beyond all the awful things people may say about this choice, one thing that called my attention is this ¨need¨ to find a big reason. Travel the world, having a career, not gaining weight, raising a child is expensive, you had a terrible childhood, etc.  There must be a super reason why you choose this path. I thought about this during my process, because I don´t have a career or any big project that could be restraint by having children. Ok, I love to travel and probably wouldn´t be able to do it as much and far as I do now, but still, that´s not a reason not to have children.  The reason is I don´t want to, I don´t feel it. Reason enough to me.

I hear comments like: what does she do if she doesn´t have kids? I laugh at this, there´s plenty of things to do! but sometimes I feel I get  numb by work, routine and general things in life, and miss doing things I love, like my photography.

The thing is, we are always under pressure to have kids; if not, why not?; ok not having kids, then what? what is the extraordinary things you´re gonna do?

I going to be happy, just the way I am now.

I guess we should honour all the people who don´t have time or resources to do what they like (maybe because they are raising kids), and do our thing.

In 2013 I turned 30 and went to Colombia with a friend to celebrate our changing decade. I never uploaded this pics, so i´ll try to start today to show you this amazing country!

Tatacoa Desert
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Cow Under Preasure
Cow Under Pressure

Colombia, here I go!

Yes! I´m going on holidays to Colombia! Ussually when I travel I keep a blog in spanish (my mother tongue), as it´s much faster and easier for me to write. I write stories, travel information, prices and lots of pictures! This time I´ll try to keep you updated too, I can´t promise I´ll write a lot about the trip, but at least be sure I´ll post lots of photos! For those who can speak spanish here´s the link:

http://misioneldorado.wordpress.com/

For those who doesn´t, Here the link to the photo album:

https://picasaweb.google.com/114829103136696951537

WPC: Growth

Well, a little late but here it is, the Growth Challenge. I´ll try to keep my blog updated although I´ve been working nearly twelve hours a day this week, so my energies to turn on the computer are very low at the end of the day. Next week is gonna be the same, so plase, be patience.

I guess by this point of the civilization everybody knows about Angkor Wat temples in Cambodia. Some of these temples have trees grown on top and around them. I´ve been told these trees keep the temples standing as they are so old they would fall if they cut out the trees.

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f/5.6 – 1/80 sec – ISO 200 – 17mm
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F/8 – 1/10 sec – ISO 200 – 17mm
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f/5.6 – 1/30 sec – ISO 200 – 17mm

 

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f/8 – 1/60 sec – ISO 100 – 28mm

What can I do for 7 hours in a train station?

Take photos! And that´s what I did in Ipoh, Malaysia, when we arrived at 5 pm and the guy at the counter said that the train left at midnight. Of course we could go for a walk, but the station was quite far from downtown and we travel on a shoestring, so no cabs for us. We decided to wait there. Malaysia is a very organized country and part of that order includes no lying down on the benches, so… wait the 7 hours sitting down properly! These are the pics I took during those hours, they were taken in black and white mode, and the few in colour are becuase I felt it that way at the moment.

Malaysia
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f/9 – 1/250 sec – ISO 100 – 48mm
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f/4.5 – 1/50 sec – ISO 100 – 48mm
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f/4.5 – 1/40 sec – ISO 100 – 48mm
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Ipoh
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f/4.5 – 1/40 sec – ISO 200 – 53mm
Ipoh
f/4.5 – 1/30 sec – ISO 200 – 23mm
Ipoh
f/4.5 – 1/30 sec – ISO 400 – 70mm
Ipoh
f/4.5 – 1/80 sec – ISO 400 – 53mm

 

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Malaysia
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Ipoh
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Travel theme: Tradition

I decided to join to the weekly Travel Theme by Ailsa at Where´s my backpack?, I´ve been following her blog for some time and as I love traveling and photography, she offers a an excuse to post my travel pics. This week´s theme is Tradition.

When traveling I often find myself looking for local traditions, isn´t that one of the reasons why we travel? traditions are so different from one place to the other, and they can seem ridiculous, but we love to watch them and even participate in them!

Two years ago I took a six months trip to Southeast Asia, were tradition is a must. In Buddhist temples and sometimes in a palace or somewhere else, they put gold leaves on a Buddah statue as an offer. The Buddah gets thousands of layers of gold sometimes!

The first two pictures were taken in Bangkok, Thailand. In what used to be the King´s Palace.

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The next two were taken in Mandalay, Myanmar. In a Buddhist Temple. This one it´s getting its gold leaves since 1901, it´s amazing how it became thicker through time.

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