52 Weeks of Life Seen Through My Eyes

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Week 20 #43. Single Tree

“I think that I shall never see

A poem lovely as a tree…” ~Joyce Kilmer

No matter whether trees have leafy arms, denuded limbs, or branches adorned with blossoms lifted to the heavens,  they are fascinating and beautiful, each in its own unique way.

Finding a single tree in Panama without an abundance of others crowding in on its space, can be a challenge. However, the area in which we live is rocky, sustaining high winds for the first 3 months of each year, and is not as hospitable an environment compared to the lush green jungles of this tropical country. One evening while admiring the pretty skies, I was able to isolate a couple of bare trees, their entangled limbs stretching upwards and creating interesting foregrounds.

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Week 19 #15. Faces in Everyday Places (Pareidolia)

I’m not sure this image qualifies for the bit about everyday places (it’s not everyday you find yourself at an orchid farm in Central America!), but it is, without a doubt, a face in the center of a Dracula Orchid found at Finca Dracula, a private farm near Volcan Baru in Panama. Finca Dracula is home to the largest private collection of orchids in Latin America, making it one of the largest collections in the world with over 2,200 species of orchids.

On this particular trip to the farm in Cerro Punta, changes were under way and we were unable to walk freely through the orchid enclosures as we have done in previous years. The young lady who was setting up the new exhibit very kindly accommodated me, allowing me to take a few photos. There are several different orchids in the Dracula Family, many of them featuring quirky little faces. As the landscaper moved orchids about, she shared her growing enthusiasm and passion about some of the orchids and held this particular Dracula Orchid in place while I quickly took the shot.

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