February 2011 Archives
Historic Route 66, as it runs through Albuquerque, becomes Central Avenue. I've just completed a project of photographing along Central Avenue from end to end, from Unser Blvd on the west to Tramway Blvd on the east, a distance of 13.5 miles. Here are the beginning and end points.
(click to enlarge) Western end, at Unser, looking off toward Gallup and Arizona.
(click to enlarge) Eastern end, at Tramway, looking toward the Sandia Mountains, Santa Rosa, and Texas.
At the end of our Panama trip, we took a boat ride on Gatun Lake. According to Wikipedia, "Gatun Lake (Sp. Lago Gatún) is a large artificial lake situated in the Republic of Panama; it forms a major part of the Panama Canal, carrying ships for 33 km (20 miles) of their transit across the Isthmus of Panama.
The lake was created between 1907 and 1913 by the building of the Gatun Dam across the Chagres River. At the time it was created, Gatun Lake was the largest man-made lake in the world, and the dam was the largest earth dam."
The lake is part of a healthy ecosystem, and we saw many animals along its bank, including
(click to enlarge) Capuchin monkey
(click to enlarge) Sloth
(click to enlarge) Turtle
Finca Lerida, a coffee plantation in the northwest corner of Panama, is both a coffee plantation and an ecolodge situated on the edge of a cloud forest. It's a fine base for hiking.
(click to enlarge) Rows and rows of coffee trees
(click to enlarge) View toward the mountains
(click to enlarge) Old shacks on the edge of the forest
Two gatherings of Embera-Wounaan people:
(click to enlarge) For the tourists
(click to enlarge) For themselves