Harvesting Tobacco – Vinales Cuba

Vinales, Cuba

Vinales, Cuba

This very photogenic and cooperative man was picking prime tobacco leaves and fastening them to long poles where they dry, outside, for a couple of days before being moved inside into a barn (more photos later.)

The photographer in the photo below was not with our group; he told me he was from Pennsylvania. He already had bought the T Shirt!

Vinales, Cuba

Vinales, Cuba

The lady in the bottom left of the photo below WAS with our group – but the tobacco worker smiled at me!

Vinales, Cuba

Vinales, Cuba

 

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Vinales, Cuba – Growing Tobacco

 

Vinales, Cuba

Vinales, Cuba

Tiny tobacco seeds, climate, care and organic agriculture yield these perfect looking fields of tobacco.

Vinales, Cuba

Vinales, Cuba

Vinales, Cuba

Vinales, Cuba

Vinales, Cuba

Vinales, Cuba

 

Photos taken in mid-February 2016.  I believe they may grow more than one crop per year, but probably rotate what crop is in what field.

Manhattan Monday 16 Wedding Shoot

Cool Jazz

Cool Jazz

It was a hot day. These young musicians were offering some cool and easy jazz to park-goers on the west side of Central Park, next to what is identified simply as “The Lake.” You could rent rowboats (somewhere) and it was a laid-back scene.

Until…..

Central Park by The Lake: Bridal Gown Photo Shoot

Central Park by The Lake: Bridal Gown Photo Shoot

Centre of attention.

Centre of attention.

It took about two minutes for the photo party to breeze through on the path. When they were gone, we went back to listening to the music (and taking pictures.)

Commotion over. Back to listening to the music.

Commotion over. Back to listening to the music.

Roy G. Biv

Despite knowing the mnemonic for the colours of light in a rainbow for years, I hadn’t thought much about the distinction between blue, indigo and violet. Lightroom, which I use to edit photos, allows you to adjust red, orange, yellow, aqua, blue, purple and magenta. No indigo there. And we were probably all taught that there were three primary and three secondary pigment ‘colours’ – which included purple but no indigo or violet.

My contribution to this photo challenge is a collection of bright photos, mostly of flowers, one as old as seven years, one from exactly one year ago. I included one photo to illustrate a favourite geranium fading from indigo to violet.

This marks my return to regular posts, I hope.

For other takes on the photo challenge of photographing a rainbow or its colours, check this out.

Bhuping Palace with Music

This is a follow up to my previous post on the Bhuping Palace in northern Thailand near Chiang Mai. Thailand November 2012 We followed signs along a path through ferns and trees and emerged by a huge water feature with fountains. The building on the hill is one of two guest houses with a definite Alpine look to it. There was music playing around the water; I read somewhere  that the pieces being played had been composed by the King of Thailand. However, I cannot find any confirmation of that on line. Just as we arrived, clouds moved in at our level creating a very atmospheric photo opportunity. Thailand November 2012 Thailand November 2012 Below is my favourite photo, and I prefer it in black and white.  (Do you?)

Thailand November 2012 Thailand November 2012

As we walked down from the King’s water feature, we came across this carving, complete with elephants emerging from the jungle. Thailand November 2012 Thailand November 2012 Here’s a link to another blog with more detail about the Bhuping Palace.

And a link from Tourism Thailand.

Thailand’s Bhubing Palace

Fuchsia.

Fuchsia.

The Bhubing palace lies in Chiang Mai Province, about a one-hour journey east of Chiang Mai over twisty roads.

Viola tricolor. Probably not native.

Viola tricolor. Probably not native.

None of the buildings was open to visitors. Near the parking lot were a snack bar, toilets and a souvenir stall which was probably regulated by the palace.

Don’t let the lack of open buildings put you off a visit. First, for someone like me, from a temperate climate, who doesn’t take heat well, it was blessedly cool. Second, there were glorious gardens including a rose garden, and a path through a lush shady area of ferns and bamboo.

In the rose garden.

In the rose garden.

Fern

Fern

This post includes a sampling of the flowers. The Ipomoea was growing over the slate roof of a shelter.

From the Ipomoea family.

From the Ipomoea family.

Orchids are such an exotic luxury in Canada. Seeing orchids blooming freely in this garden – but also in the wild – was a never-ending surprise.

Orchids.

Orchids.

The next post will feature the main water feature.
Posts about other Thai Palaces can be found here and here.