9-6-14 Weekly Photo Challenge: Adventure (Tikal Edition)

The challenge is adventure.

“This week, share a photo that says “adventure.” It could be an image of someone setting off on an epic journey, a photo you took on an adventure of your own, or something more metaphoric that represents a personal or psychological adventure. We’re excited to see where you’ll take us!”

1993 August: Guatemala. After three months in Xela I hit the road. Several weeks later I found myself in Tikal, a truly extraordinary place. Tropical Rain Forest. Height of civilization around 500 of the common era. Average temp 93. Average humidity around 80%. 

I took this self portrait right before I put on the few clothes I was carrying and stepped into the shower so I could wash them and myself before all the water ran out for the night. 10 minutes later, back in the room. (I will spare you that photograph.)

Note the blanket on the bed…

adventure 1-2


Other adventures:














6-9-13 Travel Theme-Peaceful #2

Well I woke up Sunday morning,
With no way to hold my head that didn’t hurt.
And the beer I had for breakfast wasn’t bad,
So I had one more for dessert.
Then I fumbled through my closet for my clothes,
And found my cleanest dirty shirt.
An’ I shaved my face and combed my hair,
An’ stumbled down the stairs to meet the day.

I’d smoked my brain the night before,
On cigarettes and songs I’d been pickin’.
But I lit my first and watched a small kid,
Cussin’ at a can that he was kicking.
Then I crossed the empty street,
‘n caught the Sunday smell of someone fryin’ chicken.
And it took me back to somethin’,
That I’d lost somehow, somewhere along the way.

On the Sunday morning sidewalk,
Wishing, Lord, that I was stoned.
‘Cos there’s something in a Sunday,
Makes a body feel alone.
And there’s nothin’ short of dyin’,
Half as lonesome as the sound,
On the sleepin’ city sidewalks:
Sunday mornin’ comin’ down.

In the park I saw a daddy,
With a laughin’ little girl who he was swingin’.
And I stopped beside a Sunday school,
And listened to the song they were singin’.
Then I headed back for home,
And somewhere far away a lonely bell was ringin’.
And it echoed through the canyons,
Like the disappearing dreams of yesterday.

On the Sunday morning sidewalk,
Wishing, Lord, that I was stoned.
‘Cos there’s something in a Sunday,
Makes a body feel alone.
And there’s nothin’ short of dyin’,
Half as lonesome as the sound,
On the sleepin’ city sidewalks:
Sunday mornin’ comin’ down.

Kris Kristofferson

This is my second pass at Ailsa’s Travel Theme of Peaceful this week. My first attempt is Here.

A quiet Sunday Street in Quetzaltengo (Xela) Guatemala


Here are a few other views:

Travel theme: Peaceful | Today, it’s like no other

Peaceful: Weekly Travel Theme | Canadiantravelbugs’s Blog

Travel theme: Peaceful « Leya

Peaceful/ Sommarkväll « Jag gör världen vackrare

Travel theme: Peaceful | Bams’ Photo

Travel Theme: Peaceful | Jejak Langkah…

Travel Theme : Peaceful – Damai | bambangpriantono

Travel theme: Peaceful | Milka Pejovic

Travel Theme: Texture – Take 2 – 9-19-12


Before the week ended I thought I would take another crack at Ailsa’s Travel Theme this week (Texture).

These are old pictures and have been scanned. One in particular was very dirty but it actually adds to the theme.

Let’s start in Quetzaltenago (Xela), Guatemala. Summer of 1993.

Then move to Phoenicia New York in the fall of 1994.

And let us end our little textural journey on a mountain road in Ireland in 2005.


7-24-12 Mexico City Maria

Today we partnered up and went out to shoot specific assignments. The weather was extremely hot which didn’t bother me but did bother a few of my classmates.

The class is extremely international.  If I am remembering correctly we have folks from Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Guatemala, Italy, Lebanon, Mexico, Taiwan, Venezuela, Virginia and Westchester County.  The TA is from Russia.

The assignment: shoot from 6 feet above our partner; 6 feet below; at the closest focal range possible with a 50mm lens,; in motion; in an environment that described them; and a team portrait.

My partner was Maria, a 23 year old woman from Mexico City who is in the States for 3 weeks taking courses at ICP.

I did well on a few, badly on a few. Here is the good…well at least I think so…

Team Portrait



Sunset On the River