Transient–The Colombian Trail

While visiting Medellin, one of Colombia’s famous cities, we had a chance to explore a coffee farm and the Metrocable. Both experiences bring transient elements – captured in the photos below, as per the Daily Photo Challenge…

Most of us know about the famous Colombian coffee, however it is worth mentioning that it is a very labour intensive crop to produce, process and bring it to the cup (yes, a transient process ). The coffee farm was just 5 min outside the city of Medellin up the rolling hills and it was very authentic. The farmer shared with us the process of coffee growing, processing, selecting and marketing, as well as its many challenges . It was very educational and fun experience, indeed!

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Only the right size and colour beans make it to the world markets as premium coffee (the white bag). The rest of the beans (the yellow bucket) are further processed to make instant coffee types.

 

The Mertocable is the best way to see the poorest (most dangerous, according to some) parts of the city from the safety of a cable car – yet another transient moment.

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Many thanks,

LE

Focus – All Eyes Focus On The Winner

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The winners at Roland Garros (the French Open Tennis championship) this year attracted a lot of attention. In the ladies’ final Ostapenko won against Halep in what was termed ‘’the un-seeded player against the experienced one’’. The focus of all photographers and spectators was directed towards the winner E. Ostapenko in the trophy ceremony.

In the men’s final – Nadal won comfortably against Wawrinka and secured his historical 10th Grand Slam title on clay! The photo is somewhat out-of-focus, in line with the dp weekly challenge…

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Many thanks,

LE

Evanescent: The Peruvian Lines

Despite their ancient origins, the time seems to have little effect on those famous lines in the Peruvian Nazca desert. The reason being – they are in a dry and isolated area with little changes in the environment. However, it has been observed recently, that some lines began deteriorating due to an influx of squatters living in the area!

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LE

Reflecting: The Moon

In the early hours of the morning, before the sun had risen, a low tide in the Phillipines’ Panglao Island had exposed a sea star… ”What a pretty sight” – I thought!

The reflection of the moon in the shallow water, together with the shadows of the palm trees created a magical moment…

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And another reflection of the moon, this time just after sunset…

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View more pictures from the Philippines in my older post.

LE

Danger! – Polar Bear Sign

Did you know?

The sign warning for Polar bears in Svalbard is the only one attention sign in the world, that has a black background, so that the white bear can stand out!

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We were indeed excited at the sight of the sign, however did not see any bears in the month of May, as it was spring here and the bears have moved up north. All we saw were reindeer, arctic dogs, foxes, ducks, and other birds!

Read more about our Svalbard visit in my other post

With love for the DP Weekly Photo  Challenge 🙂

Svalbard – nearly on top of the world

Oslo – Tromsø – Longyearbyen – Pyramiden – Oslo

We visited Svalbard (formerly known by its Dutch name Spitsbergen) for a week and it was as magical as ever. Being the northernmost human settlement in the world with a permanent civilian population it offered us the comforts of the modern world and the wilderness at the same time.

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