But mostly . . .
“The Flowers and The Trees”
We’re leaving tonight for the States and since most of the packing is done and other details are taken care, I thought why not publish a quick post while we’re still in Ecuador.
Recently on my daily walks I’ve been more intentional about taking pictures of the beautiful flowers, trees, animals and natural beauty that is interspersed with the urbanity of this city of half a million. So here are some pictures for you to enjoy.
First, the Birds
Most of the pictures I have are chickens. In addition to barking dogs, most Cuenca residents must endure crowing roosters. I’d rather hear roosters than car alarms, but that’s another post.
You have to be really patient to get a picture of a hummingbird but they come to our feeder many times daily. They also are extremely territorial so we often see them chasing each other off.
And The Bees
Well, not really because I find it hard to get close to bees and take their picture. I’m not sure if it’s me or them. Okay, it’s me. But we do have a couple of bees nests near where we regularly walk. One of them is on a very busy street inside a hole in a concrete utility pole! We always try to remember to walk on the outside of the sidewalk at that point. The bees are not crazy about humans walking through their front yard.
Fortunately, we don’t see too many creepy crawlies here in Cuenca. If we were on the coast or in the jungle, that would be a different matter. Here’s a couple of bugs I’ve seen within the last few months.
Like hummingbirds, butterflies are difficult to get to stand still for photo ops. But we do see them flitting about all the beautiful flowers now and then. I’ve seen quite a few painted ladies.
Now for the Flowers and the Trees
Ever notice how flowers and trees stand still for pictures? I like that.
In other news . . .
This past weekend, Cuenca celebrated its 458th birthday. Unfortunately, I have no pictures of anything from those festivities because we were recuperating from the exertion of our chorale concert last Thursday. But our good friends Kathy and Lance documented what they saw very well on their blog “Rambling On” (http://lance-kathy.blogspot.com/) Maybe next year.
Just to prove that we actually did HAVE a chorale concert that took up the majority of our time the last few weeks, here are the Youtube links for our performance.
A Penny Worth of Mirth <http://youtu.be/VRfY-mDVhas>
Come Live with Pleasure <http://youtu.be/B2ogT5cJy1Q>
How Merrily We Live <http://youtu.be/xk10PKfmu-I>
Let There Be Music! Let There Be Song! <http://youtu.be/tHpGesa_028>
Romance De Mi Destino <http://youtu.be/iq8PpN1N9rU>
Simple Gifts <http://youtu.be/205jIZo7oII>
Sing For Joy Alleluia <http://youtu.be/0vkDGZ6y2Rw>
Sing Out With Joy <http://youtu.be/Ioz_4d22d3c>
Time Is Eternity <http://youtu.be/LMkzP3IXPFU>
When I Admire The Rose < https://youtu.be/Cq8PNaek7so>
What we’ve learned: One’s camera needs to be in one’s hand at all times if pictures are to be taken. If one’s camera is in one’s backpack, that’s where it stays.
What we need to learn: Not to say what our next blog post will be about because inevitably, it won’t be about that!