Coyote Buttes South

15 03 2015

When planning our trip to the canyons of the Southwest, we had planned to hit Bryce, Zion, Monument Valley, Arches, Antelope Canyon but I hadn’t really heard much about the Vermillion Cliffs. Once I started doing some looking, I found there was a VERY popular place called "The WAVE". The Wave resides in Coyote Buttes NORTH permit area. Only 10 permits per day are issued ahead of time on the Internet and 10 are issued the day before at the BLM office in Kanab. VERY tough to get into due to the popularity (I think the Internet bookings were solid until October when we looked in Early Feb). Someone on Flickr mentioned that the Coyote Buttes SOUTH may not have "The WAVE" but still had some really cool and probably more varied scenery than the North. Plus, less people try to get in, so the 20 permits that are available daily via the Internet can be easier to get. We checked online and 2 permits were available for ONE of the days of our time in the area… At $5/person we snatched them up!

We learned next that the roads into the area are "dubious" in good weather and downright "scary" when the weather is wet and that we’d be wise to hire a guide. $175/person later we were hooked up with one of the oldest outfits in the area, Paria Outpost and Outfitters.. a decision that I am super glad we took. Well, without much more babbling… here are some pictures from the FIRST half of the day spent at Coyote Buttes South. Another post will have the second half of the day, which we spent at "White Pocket"

1. Southern "Wave"
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Coyote Buttes South
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

2. Precarious Balance of the "Control Tower" or "Dali’s Tower"
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Coyote Buttes South
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

3. Welcome to another world
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Coyote Buttes South
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

4. Line painters stop for nothing
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Coyote Buttes South
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

5. Fragile Beauty – Millimetre thick fins of rock in the falling snow
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Coyote Buttes South
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

6. Amazing patterns
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Coyote Buttes South
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

There are so many amazing structures and patterns… More at the Flickr set:
https://flic.kr/s/aHsk8BfW8X

Comments and Critique always welcome!





2013 In Photos

1 01 2014

I took a bit of time and made a "2013 in Review"

The Year 2013 in Photos by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

If you click the link, you can see the larger size.





Zanzibar Red Colobus Monkeys!

11 02 2013

More from our 2009 Safari!

The Zanzibar red colobus monkey (Procolobus kirkii) is endemic to the southern end of the main island of the Zamzibar archipelago, Unguja. The monkeys like to eat the unripened fruit from the trees in the forest and, of course, from the farmers’ trees too. This propensity for fruit put them in direct conflict with local farmers that used to kill them as pests. With the establishment of the Jozani Forest preserve, the government is able to pay farmers to help preserve the monkeys. The monkeys are no longer seen as pests but as vital tourist attractors. On the ground, the monkeys like to eat charcoal to help their digestive system. They are quite human friendly!

1. Lounging around

Zanzibar red colobus monkey (Procolobus kirkii) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

2. Curiosity

Zanzibar red colobus monkey (Procolobus kirkii) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

3. Mrs Dragonspeed and the Monkeys

Mrs Dragonspeed hanging with the Monkeys! by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

4. You’ve disturbed my lunch!

Zanzibar red colobus monkey (Procolobus kirkii) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

5. High Flying

Zanzibar red colobus monkey (Procolobus kirkii) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

6. A young’un

Zanzibar red colobus monkey (Procolobus kirkii) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

7. Whoops – upside down!

Zanzibar red colobus monkey (Procolobus kirkii) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

8. Just Checking things out

Zanzibar red colobus monkey (Procolobus kirkii) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

For all the Monkey shots, you can see the set at:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/dragons…th/8458364261/

The rapidly swelling set which has all the pics from our Africa trip as we add them:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/dragons…th/8458364261/





Goodbye 2012 – Here comes 2013

31 12 2012

Just a short note to all of you that read my blog… Thank you for letting me share my experiences, travels and a bit of life with you over the past year.  I met SO many new people in 2012 in countries from Ecuador to Cambodia.  You all had a positive effect on my life.  I strive to be better, but often fall short. It’s the presence and love of my dear wife that keeps me going even when I fall down.  This past year has seen a LOT of travel… almost too much.  I hope that in 2013 I’ll be home more often to share more of the joys of life with the people I love.

Happy 2013 to all of you!  May God bless and keep you always!





Finally got our Ecuador Photobook done!

30 12 2012

We sent our Ecuador Photobook off to be printed at Picaboo the other day. It definitely took a lot of editorial “discussion” between myself and Mrs Dragonspeed until we came up with the right mix of landscape/animals/people.

To view our project, click the following link: http://app.picaboo.com/WebView/Project.aspx?clientID=6f2b34d4602f3c671193b0877abb8658&version=295980&siteID=ViaPreview

 





2012-11-22 A walk around “The Peak”

3 12 2012

We decided to head up to Victoria Peak with Mrs Dragonspeed’s mom and Lorna and Claire.  We took a cab up and wandered around the Peak shops and checked out the goodies they offered – all at ridiculous “tourist marked up” pricing.  This one sign, however caught my eye

That’s what we need in Canada!  And the price is right… about $7CAD.  Well – it was a bit too early for that, so we kept looking about. Next thing you know, we run into Bruce Lee!  With this group of helpers, he was sure to win, even if he WAS wax Winking smile

We went for a walk around the “Morning Trail” which led us around the Northwest corner of the Peak.  It opened into lovely vistas of Kowloon, unfortunately the sun and fog were challenging bug we got a few pictures of Hong Kong’s tallest building, ICC and the ships in the Kowloon Western harbour.

After the walk around the peak, we took a cab part way down the hill to the Wan Chai Gap park.  Mrs Dragonspeed’s dad used to take the kids here when they were little. They walked UP and down the hill to Aberdeen when they were young.  We were going to walk down.  ALL the way down the Aberdeen!  We came across a tonne of pretty butterflies. It must be butterfly season as this was the second time in a week that I have seen so many together.

We even saw a couple of new birds (for me). Here’s the Japanese White-eye:

It was a good day of exercise and the clouds kept it from getting too hot, but didn’t help the shooting.  Well – I guess it’s a compromise!

The whole set of shots from the peak can be seen at:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/dragonspeed/sets/72157632167122072/

Thanks for reading and dropping in to check out the photos!





2012-11-20 A nice relaxing day

21 11 2012

We didn’t do too much during the day on the 20th, but we did head over to Mong Kok in the evening to have dinner at a friend’s place.  It was my first time being in a regular Hong Kong apartment.  It was lovely, albeit a bit small.  Apparently the thick concrete walls means that you don’t hear your neighbours, which is good, because everyone lives pretty close to one another!

Our friend has two dogs, which made a significant part of the evening fun – trying to photograph people with dogs 😉

Here are some of my successes:

The Pomeranian – Cookie

The Chocolate Lab – Choco

Mrs Dragonspeed with Cookie

Claire with Choco

and then there are the “Fun trying to shoot dogs” shot:

Between the dogs, the good company and the great food, it was a fun evening!

On the way home, the requisite night shots:

Mong Kok lights:

Night food

The full set of photos is at my flickr set:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/dragonspeed/sets/72157632067410173/

Next Blog entry will be Ocean Park!





2012-11-19 A day on Cheung Chau

19 11 2012

We headed over to Cheung Chau on the 19th for a bit of a walk, fish balls, gai dan zai and a big family dinner… It’s a great island to visit with always SOMETHING good to shoot.

1. IFC II reaches up into the clouds in Central District, Hong Kong

Build up until you reach the Gods! by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

2) Wedding announcements!

Marriage announcements! by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

3) Yue Dan, or Fish balls on a stick – a Cheung Chau fave

Yue Dan – Fish Balls! by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

Yue Dan – Fish Balls! by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

4) The old fashioned way

The good old way by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

5) 
Workhorses by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

6) The Dragon

Dragon by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

7) The Ghost King at the Cheung Chau temple

Scene from the Cheung Chau Temple by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

The whole day of fun can be found in the flickr set:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/dragons…57632051784735

I hope you enjoy them!





2012-11-09 Beng Melea – the coolest of the temples

14 11 2012

Early in the morning, before breakfast, Mrs D headed down to the lobby to get her WiFi fix…

Sure enough, the un-airconditioned lobby was where I found her, happily connected to the outside world.

We had a good breakfast and then we headed out at 0830 to go see the cool temple.  It’s the REAL Indiana Jones/Tomb Raider Temple. None of that Hollywood "pseudo-ruins”  This is the real thing.  But first…. a stop along the way to see some rice harvesting.  Of course the kids have other plans:

The parents, however, were hard at work with sickle in hand, harvesting bundles of rice to dry along the side of the field

Many things still go the “old-fashioned way”, including transport as this gentleman with the oxcart passed us while we were shooting

Some things are a mix of modern and old… this guy was taking his pigs to the market

Ewww.

We arrived at the temple grounds are were reminded of Cambodia’s horrible past:

yes, that’s over 1200 pieces of things that go boom that they have cleared from the temple area. A not-so subtle reminder to stay on the beaten track.

The temple was amazing.  There were piles of stones lying around and complete galleries had collapsed under their own weight into a neat “implosion” of stones.  I’ll stop the talking and let you see:

Collapsed Walkway:

Someone that felt more at home that people would:

Mrs Dragonspeed in what used to be a hallway

The Jungle taking back the temple

Roots and moss reclaim nature’s prize

Forgotten artwork

A most surreal scene

In the grasp..

I could go on forever with more pictures of this truly INCREDIBLE place, but you can see the set of photos from the day at:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/dragonspeed/sets/72157632005287691/with/8184550747/

I hope you find them as amazing as I did.

Tomorrow, I’ll write a bit about the floating village, as well as the birdwatching!





2012-11-08 Banteay Srei and Banteay Samre

12 11 2012

The itinerary for today, thankfully only included two temples and a bit of driving to get to them.

On our way to get to the first, Banteay Srei, we stopped at a little village where the local people were making palm sugar. It was very interesting to see how similar the process was to the way we make maple sugar in Canada. The molds for the sugar, however were made from palm leaves not little maple leaf shaped tins.

The resulting discs look a lot like dried scallops (strangely) and the texture is identical to that of our maple sugar.  The taste was not of plain sugar but a bit different.  It was quite good!

Banteay Srei was our first stop.  The temple is a lovely, one level (Thank God – no stairs) temple.  The core foundation stones were made from lava rock as were most other temples but the sandstone in this one was all ORANGE/RED, resulting in a lovely coloured temple.

The carvings were very ornate and the depictions of Vishnu going into battle as well as various other Hindi tales were emblazoned on the various piedements.

One particular door frame held an extra surprise for us

That’s right!  A leopard gecko with a head about the size of a lemon was hiding in a crack between the wall and the door frame.  It was an amazing addition of natural beauty to this man-made marvel.

Even Muk Muk and Boxer Duck enjoyed the beauty of this unique temple

Our next stop was Banteay Samre.  This seems to be the poor step-child of the “Angkor Wat Temples”  It was nearly deserted when we arrived. That meant we were able to spend a little more time enjoying the amazing things that the temple had to offer.

The two temples were just enough for our last full day of temple watching.  We were beginning to get a bit “Templed Out”  We headed home after lunch at a countryside restaurant, enjoying views like this on the way home:

A lovely way to end the day’s outing.

We came back to our hotel to find the usual, lovely water flower arrangement, reminding you of the more delicate things than rocks and stones.

To enjoy the whole set of pictures from today, please visit the flickr set at:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/dragonspeed/sets/72157631989183097/

Our entire Cambodian trip is in the collection at:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/dragonspeed/collections/72157631926458473/

Take your time, enjoy the pictures and get lost in a world that time left behind.





2012-11-06 Angkor Thom and Angkor Wat

7 11 2012

We got up at the ungodly hour of 0430 to catch a 0730 plane out out of Phnom Penh.  The hotel doesn’t have any food at that time, so no breakfast for us 😦

Getting to Siem Reap was generally uneventful, highlighted only by the fact that you walk of the wonderfully air-conditioned plane onto the tarmac what was just missing a bit of oil for frying eggs!  At 0900, it was already 28C!

Our guide, a nice fellow, met us and we were whisked away to start the tour.  “What about breakfast"?” I asked, trying not to sound like Samwise Gamgee. 

“The hotel should provide breakfast, we don’t” was the answer…

“Oh”

We motored directly to the Angkor complex and got our picture ID tickets to have for our three days admission to the complex.  More heat.  A short drive later we hop out and start the sauna.  We took some great pictures of the South Gate of Angkor Thom.

We then proceeded over to the Bayon Temple of Angkor Thom.  Our guide explained the may bas-relief around the temples, as well as the carvings. 

Mrs D nose to nose with the Buddha!

Wow – I am now totally confused regarding the different Hindu Gods. Perhaps one day, my friend Hiren can explain more fully.  I have visions of multi armed, multi eyed guys swimming in my brain.  Also multiheaded snakes and half naked dancing women… Wow… So much in one day.  

After going through the Bayon temple, we decided to try an elephant ride.  Sort of a “bucket list” kind of thing.  Well – scratch that off, and don’t expect me to do it very often in the future.. What a BUMPY ride! 

We did, however, get some good angles for some of our best pictures of the Bayon temple.   We continued to see various other temples of the Angkor Thom complex,but damned if I can remember what they were!  We had a brief downpour, but it let up, leaving just dark clouds around.  Like I wasn’t wet enough from the heat already!

Seriously sweating by now, and weak from lack of food, we headed over to a restaurant near Angkor Wat for lunch.  It was neat – you could actually see the towers of Angkor Wat from the restaurant.  I think I had 4 Sprites in an attempt to rehydrate and sugar up!  The food was good, but I think our 2nd day lunch in Phnom Penh outshone this stuff.

We proceeded to the temple of Angkor Wat next.

Angkor Wat is a “Mountain Temple” which means there are a crapload of stairs to climb to get to the top, most holy area.  Wow.. STEEP STEPS! 

We took lots of interesting pictures of the temple and from the temple before heading home.

Mrs D – the Dancer 🙂

Dinner was out at a restaurant that included dancing entertainment and a “Typical Cambodian” buffet.  The food was pretty bland.  Apparently “Tourist version” of “Typical Cambodian” is not as good as the Real Thing.

The evening's entertainment

The evening's entertainment

The dancers were good and the the whole evening went well. We got back to our room around 2100 after stopping to get some beer at the supermarket ($0.65/can!) rather than have to pay $2 down at the hotel lobby bar.

Then it was off to bed – more temples to tour on the 7th!

I put up 54 photos from the day at my flickr page:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/dragonspeed/sets/72157631951737846/





Ecuador Pictures done!

2 09 2012

Finally, our entire Ecuador trip – edited, distilled down to its essence and uploaded to Flickr.

· 21 days of travelling
· 5 of us together from 2 separate continents
· 10 different cities/towns and villages from the Metropolis of Quito to the tiny mountain village of Chugchilan
· paved roads, dirt roads, roads of questionable status
· Tortoises, goats, hummingbirds, llamas, iguanas, sealions and everything seemingly in between.
· sea level to 4800m
· Baking Sun to chilling mountain fog.
· Crammed taxis, comfortable private ride, “cruise boat”, zodiac… feet.

Irene and I took over 6000 photos combined.

All this, we managed to distill down to the best 791 photos of the trip… Sit back, grab a snack and enjoy the slideshow!

http://www.flickr.com/photos/dragonspeed/sets/72157629476591628/show/

You might want to put on some pan flute music in the background as well to get that authentic South American feeling 😉

Thanks for taking the trip with us to Ecuador. Who knows where our next trip will take us but the world is big and there are many interesting parts that call us to see them!





Baños de Agua Santa

5 08 2012

Hanging out at La Casa Verde The Hostel "La Casa Verde" was hard to find, but a nice place to stay.

April 10th, 2012 found us in the town of Baños, Ecuador The place comes complete with its own Volcano, a bunch of cool waterfalls and zipline opportunities!

All the photos can be found here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/dragonspeed/sets/72157630916351882/

Volcan Tungurahua

Tungurahua Volcano spitting out some steam and ash. About 4 times a day, there’s a nice loud booming sound as it vents a bit more. Nothing to worry about, they tell us! Hah!

Baños de Agua Santa

The town of Baños de Agua Santa aka. Baños. Nestled in the valley below Tungurahua, it looks idyllic but that whole Volcano thing is a bit creepy.

Casa Del Arbol

Our host at the "Tree house" explains the whole Tungurahua history and his volunteer efforts to monitor the Volcano. Nice guy, but I don’t know if hanging around in the shadow of an angry volcano is how I’d want to spend my days.

Casa Del Arbol

The group of us with the nice, crazy guy that watches over the Volcan Tungurahua.

Fresh Milk – RIGHT from the Cow!

Hidi tries some of the fresh milk, straight from the cow. Warm, and full of natural good fats! Of course I ended up giving the guy $2 … probably more than he makes from 5 LITRES of milk. Touristas!

Everybody loves boobies!

There’s nothing quite like having nice boobies in your hands! 😉

Hanging out at La Casa Verde

The Hostel "La Casa Verde" was hard to find, but a nice place to stay.





Hiking up Cotopaxi! April 9, 2012

30 07 2012

We met our driver, Lincoln at some ungodly early time in the morning and headed out from our hotel to start out on the “Avenue of the Volcanos” The idea was that if we left early enough, we might actually SEE some of them before the afternoon clouds came in.  We headed south from Quito and sure enough, the clouds had already covered the tops of many of the volcanos. That’s OK, the drive wasn’t too bad anyway.  We arrived at the base of the Cotopaxi National Park, and Lincoln registered the vehicle as entering.

Parque Nacional Cotopaxi

We drove up to a small building where we had a lot of the background of the volcano explained and a last chance to get some snacks, coca tea or water.   Our next stop was Laguna Limpiopungo.  There were some andean gulls flying around, but none of them close enough for a good picture.   We did see this one little lonely bird around 4200m though… Not sure what he is (Stout Billed Cincoldes, Cinclodes excelsior)

A lonely bird.

The parking area was at 4500m and the wind was whipping up a good chill.  It was NOT warm.  We got our gear on and began the hike up the side of the volcano.  Not much switchback stuff, just UP.  It was on loose, gravelly moraine so you basically gained 2 steps for every 3.   The going was tough.  It was my personal goal to hike 25 steps before stopping and sucking wind.   There were a couple of times that I just thought “Forget it.  I’ll meet them when they come down!”  But we all made it eventually!  4810m was the height of the shelter.

4810m Wow! We made it.

The Views, when the clouds lifted briefly were lovely!

Volcanic plains of Cotopaxi

It was a real surprise to run into a couple of nuns hiking up while we were heading down.

Hiking nuns

We did all make it down eventually, as the fog settled in and shortly before the hail started

Descending in the fog

After hiking the volcano, we headed towards Banos for the night.  We stopped at a lovely Hacienda for lunch

An old Hacienda turned guesthouse

The day’s pictures can all be found at:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/dragonspeed/sets/72157630823818268/with/7677997520/





Two days touring Cuenca, Ecuador

25 07 2012

We spent two days in Cuenca, Ecuador. The weather was "variable" and on a wet Easter Sunday double decker bus ride, we almost had our heads taken off by low hanging wires! Fun times.

Here are some of our shots:

1. Easter Parade

Easter Parade in Cuenca by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

2) Inside of the "New Cathedral"

Catedral de la Inmaculada Conception by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

3) Iglesia San Alfons (aka the Blue Church)

Iglesia de San Alfonso by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

4) Playing musical notes on the crosswalk

Musical Crossing by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

5) That’s a lotta strawberries!

Wheelbarrow FULL of strawberries! by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

6) The landmark New Cathedral domes

Catedral de la Inmaculada Concepción by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

7) Interesting Graffiti in town

Interesting graffiti in Cuenca by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

8) Getting caught in the middle of a Good Friday Procession near Ingapirca

A peacful mob? by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

I hope you enjoy your whirlwind visit to Cuenca via photos!!

If you want to see more, the entire Ecuador collection can be found at:
 http://www.flickr.com/photos/dragons…th/7626310466/





April 7th, 2012–A Day in Cuenca

22 07 2012

We spent the day wandering around old Cuenca on the 7th.  It was the day before Easter, so things were a bit quiet.  We got some good shots though:

Inside Iglesia de la Merced:
Iglesia de la Merced, Cuenca

The colonial spanish feel to the streets of the old town:
Classis spanish style along the roads in Cuenca 

The azure blue domes of the “New Cathedral”:
Catedral de la Inmaculada Concepción 

They sure had some interesting graffiti in town!
Interesting graffiti in Cuenca
 

The death of Christ, portrayed in the “Old Cathedral”
The Death of Christ
 

Mrs Dragonspeed and a wheelbarrow full of strawberries!
Wheelbarrow FULL of strawberries!
 

I can still sell the warm goodness of the fresh baked buns.. They were delicious!
Fresh baked buns!
 

The deep fried fish, on the other hand… not so appetizing:
Ewwww.

An interesting artefact in the museum of anthropology in Cuenca:
Interesting artefact - Anthropological  Museum, Cuenca
 

Mrs Dragonspeed in the Panama hat factory:
Panama Hat Factory

It was an interesting (and hot) day of wandering around the old town of Cuenca.  The whole set of photos from the day can be found at my flickr site.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/dragonspeed/sets/72157630704105208/show/

Enjoy!





Ingapirca and Tiestos–A day around Cuenca

16 07 2012

The day started out with a great plan:  We were going to take the bus out to Ingapirca to see the Inca ruins, but after taking a crowded taxi to the bus station from our hostel, we learned that, being Good Friday, the bus company that goes more or less directly there was closed!  Uh oh!  Time for plan B.  We considered taking one of the buses that goes “close” which would require a transfer… Of course we all had visions of being robbed, left on the side of the road, etc. so that wasn’t going to work very well.  Plan C!  Mrs Dragonspeed suggested we ask a taxi how much. 

“Seriously?” I asked.

Well, long story short, we took a cab for the 2 hour ride to Ingapirca in a Hyundai designed to hold 5 people total.  Of course the challenge was we had 5 PASSENGERS, so I sat in the front with the driver while the 4 smaller people in our group sat in the space of 3 in the back.  It was, to say the least, a bit crowded.  We had negotiated to pay $60USD for the return trip and have the driver wait for about an hour while we wandered about the ruins. He was a really nice gentleman that kept trying to explain the various neighbourhoods to us as we went along.  I flipped pages in my Spanish/English Lonely Planet book as quickly as possible to keep up! 

The ruins were very interesting, but one of the really cool parts of the day was to pass a Good Friday procession on the way there, and then to be surrounded by one on the way back!

When we got back to Cuenca, we went for a “Lupper” to Tiesto’s as recommended by a friendly American tourist who said that it was the number 1 rated restaurant in Cuenca. We would have been fools if we didn’t go!  Juan Pablo, the Chef/Owner created a masterful meal for us, complete with desserts that weren’t even on the menu!  Five of us ate like kings for $100 total.  It was a pricey meal by Ecuadorian standards, but amazing value by North American standards!

Here are some of the pictures of the day.

 

Travelling on a good Friday has you passing some interesting scenes:
Travelling on a Good Friday has its drawbacks

A procession heading up to Ingpirca:
Good Friday Procession

Nothing like finding yourself in the MIDDLE of a Good Friday procession!
A peacful mob?

The five of us at the Ingapirca archeological complex:
In the foosteps of historry

The Temple of the Sun dominates the Ingapirca complex.
The Archeological complex of Ingapirca

Inca Face.  Natural? Man made?  Divine?  I dunno, but It’s cool that it has been in the side of the mountain for hundreds if not thousands of years.
The inca face - Ingapirca

Food at Tiesto’s.  Tenderloin in a Mushroom sauce.
Tiesto's in Cuenca

Meringue dessert made just for me.  Love the hand painted “syrup flowers” on the plate.
Tiesto's in Cuenca

The meals came with an assortment of side dishes.  You could have as much of these as you wanted, if you weren’t already satiated by the fantastic beef and prawns!
 Tiesto's in Cuenca

The full set of photos from the day can be seen at:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/dragonspeed/sets/72157630597211118/

I hope you enjoy your virtual visit to Cuenca and Ingapirca!





Creatures of Isla Fernandina and Isla Isabela–Galapagos

4 07 2012

Day 16 of our trip to Ecuador had us checking out Isla Fernandina and Isla Isabela… Some interesting creatures along the way:

1. The Zombie Horde

Like something out of a bad horror movie by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

2. Getting a premium seat

Getting a premium seat by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

3. Watch your step!

Watch your step! by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

4. Not a car insurance salesman…

Galápagos Lava Lizard (Microlophus albemarlensis) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

5. Not something I’m used to seeing swim by shore.

Ray! by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

6. Mrs Dragonspeed and a Playful sealion

Posers by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

7.
How do you keep your top clean? by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

One last one (not taken with the Canon – Fuji XP underwater camera)

Pacific green sea turtle. by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

More cool critters and birds available in the whole set from the day at:
 http://www.flickr.com/photos/dragons…th/7482728532/





Birds of Isla Fernandina and Isla Isabela

3 07 2012

Day 5 of our time on the Galapagos brought us to Isla Fernandina and the west coast of Isabela. The snorkeling was amazing (turtles, turtles, turtles!!) and it was our only chance to see a Galapagos Hawk.

Here are the birds of the day:

1. Galapagos Hawk:

Galapagos Hawk (Buteo galapagoensis) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

2. The omnipresent Brown Pelican:

Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

3. Wandering Tattler

Wandering Tattler (Tringa Incana) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

4. Flightless Cormorant (explaining to an Iguana why he can’g fly?)

Flightless Cormorant (Phalacrocorax harrisi) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

5. Young Galapagos Penguin Molting

Young Galapagos Penguin (Spheniscus mendiculus) molting. by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

6. Brown Noddy and chick

Brown Noddy (Anous stolidus) with chick by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

7. Blue-footed Booby on the cliffs.

Blue-footed Booby (Sula nebouxii) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

The whole day’s set can be seen at:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/dragons…7630377805080/

Oh, and the turtle video from snorkeling is:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZJqNVtFCJ6Y





Ecuador – 2012-04-03 – Fernandina and Isabela

1 07 2012
Pacific green sea turtle.Sunrise over IsabelaSunrise over IsabelaMorning TurtleIsla FernandinaGalapagos Hawk (Buteo galapagoensis)
Galapagos Hawk (Buteo galapagoensis)Like something out of a bad horror movieA touch of colourGetting a premium seatMarine IguanaWatch your step!
Two pretty touristsDeath on the islandSun-bleached whale bonesHermit CrabGalápagos Lava Lizard (Microlophus albemarlensis)Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis)
Ray!Hey - come on in!PosersLava CactusMuk Muk and Boxer Duck hang with the iguanasHow do you keep your top clean?

Lots of Marine Iguanas! Tonnes of them! Also some Blue-Footed Boobies and other cool stuff.








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