Cuban Seniors

Lunch in the park, Old Havana, on my first half day in Cuba.

Lunch in the park, Old Havana, on my first half day in Cuba.

Having started a series of posts of Cuban people, now I jump from children to older folks.

Havana Cuba Day 1 – I think this man might have been a visitor!

Leisure in Central Havana February 2016

Leisure in Central Havana February 2016

Cuba Day 2 - with a much loved and obedient dog.

Cuba Day 2 – with a much loved and obedient dog.

Cuba Day 2 - with a much loved and obedient dog.

Cuba Day 2 – with a much loved and obedient dog.

More seniors next week.

Iglesia del Carmen

Iglesia y Convento de Nuestra Señora del Carmen

Iglesia y Convento de Nuestra Señora del Carmen on Ave 10 de octobre

Although religion was rather frowned upon in Revolutionary Cuba, adherents to Roman Catholicism and its many churches continue to exist. Some are in better shape than others.  Our Cuban photo tour workshop leader took us to this one – which is on the border between Central Havana and the neighbourhood of Vedado.

One of the side aisles in Very old stained glass in Iglesia y Convento de Nuestra Señora del Carmen Central Havana February 2016

Looking across the nave to one of the side aisles in Iglesia y Convento de Nuestra Señora del Carmen Central Havana February 2016

Iglesia y Convento de Nuestra Señora del Carmen

Stained glass in Iglesia y Convento de Nuestra Señora del Carmen

Very old stained glass in Iglesia y Convento de Nuestra Señora del Carmen Central Havana February 2016

Very old stained glass in Iglesia y Convento de Nuestra Señora del Carmen Central Havana February 2016

I entered this picture in our local photo show in the Church category. I got an honourable mention…

One of the faithful.

One of the faithful.

Cuban Dogs Three

This is the last of three posts of 16 dogs in Cuba. Some dogs were beloved family pets and the owners were quite willing to show them off.

Sharpei?

Coddled in Central Havana February 2016

Coddled in Central Havana February 2016

Pug.

Beloved pet. Central Havana February 2016

Beloved pet. Central Havana February 2016

I love this one. I think the dog was blind even though it appears to be looking at me.

Havana Cuba Day 1

Havana Cuba Day 1

I don’t pretend to understand the significance of the doll, but thought it was an interesting juxtaposition with a dog named Gorki.

Gorki - Central Havana February 2016

Gorki – Central Havana February 2016

Okay – what does the cartoon on the left of this picture remind you of? It’s why I took the photo the way I did, but none of my photography tour colleagues agreed with me.

Cuba Day 6 Central Havana

Cuba Day 6 Central Havana

Cuban Dogs too

Five more photos, four more dogs…

Some dogs seemed to be street creatures, and others were pampered. Some had license tags, others not. Some seemed to belong to a particular street, this first one was in the middle of a huge plaza in Old Havana.

Havana Cuba Day 1

Havana Cuba Day 1

No collar on this one.

Struttin' - Cuba Day 2

Struttin’ – Cuba Day 2

A collar with a bell.

Central Havana February 2016

Central Havana February 2016

This little guy was about the size of a Chihuahua and he knew he was cute. One of my friends posed him on the box for colour contrast.

At a rest stop half way to Vinales, Cuba

At a rest stop half way from Havana to Vinales, Cuba

At a rest stop half way to Vinales, Cuba

At a rest stop half way from Havana to Vinales

Cuban Horses

Working, trekking and tourist riding horses, Vinales, Cuba

Working, trekking and tourist riding horses, Vinales, Cuba

The photo above is one of my top five from my trip to Cuba. I call myself an opportunistic photographer; I rounded the corner of a building and there they were. No one else in my group saw them. The man stayed in the composition for about 30 seconds.

The second horse in this post was tied up in Central Havana near a combined flower/cigar shop set up on the sidewalk. I liked the contrasting colours of the reins and halter.

Delivery horse. Central Havana February 2016

Delivery horse. Central Havana February 2016

Cats in Cuba

This is not a cat blog. Except today. And I’m breaking my rule about not posting more than five photos at a time.

This little one was shot at f1.4 in a very dark tobacco barn at ISO 800 and 1/60 second. At least she sat still for it. One of my 50 favourite shots from the trip.

Tobacco barn kitten, Vinales, Cuba

Tobacco barn kitten, Vinales, Cuba

Outdoor Restaurant Cat, Vinales, Cuba

Outdoor Restaurant Cat, Vinales, Cuba

We didn’t see a lot of cats in Havana and those we did see were probably feral. I wasn’t sure about this one because it was very clean, except for the eye problem…

Black and White - Cuba Day 6 Central Havana

Black and White – Cuba Day 6 Central Havana

Market cat; Central Havana February 2016

Market cat; Central Havana February 2016

The cat with this lady looks a lot like my cat at home, who is named Pinball.

Pet Cat; Central Havana, Cuba Day 2

Pet Cat; Central Havana, Cuba Day 2

Like I said, feral, and in this case, in need of veterinary attention.

Mange....Central Havana February 2016

Mange….Central Havana February 2016