Monday, April 30, 2012

Almost Centro Historico

Park in Quito, Ecuador
Somewhere between the Centro Historico and La Ronda in Quito, Ecuador, lies this newly renovated park to which I could never find the name of it. A night this park is well lit with families walking around enjoying the cool night air.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Igelesia San Francisco

Igelesia San Francisco Quito, 
Ecuador

View of  Igelesia San Francisco with cloud covered mountains in background
In the Centro Historico section of Quito, you'll find the first church built in Quito around 1535 called the Igelsia San Francisco. On most days area surrounding the church is a hub of activated with local and tourist alike going about the daily routine. Locals, selling and Tourist buying and me taking photos.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

El Panecillo

El Panecillo, Quito, Ecuador

El Panecillo, Quito, Ecuador
El Panecillo, where the Virgen del Panecillo statue stands over looking the city of Quito, Ecuador. This statue is visible from most of the city as it stand at nearly 10,000 feet on the hill that it's situated on. After climbing to the top for a closer look and perhaps some photos, they were renovating it and had some construction apparatus in the way, so I passed on photos for this time.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Herd of Sheep

Sheep Grazing Quito, Ecuador
While scaling the Andes Mountain that surround Quito, Ecuador, at 10,000 ft I came across this herd of sheep grazing in the grass. Out of know where a big sheep dog came out of hiding to check me out. When he saw I was harmless he proceed to back off I must say I was quite impress with him. No one going to steal this flock on his watch.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Plaza de la Independencia

Hotel Plaza Grande

Plaza de la Independencia 
Quito,Ecuador, has many wonderful things to see and explore. The Plaza de la Independencia is one of them. It a great place to hang out and interact with local who are curious about you and like to know what you think of their fair city. 

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Basilica de Voto Nacional

Basilica de Voto Nacional Quito, Ecuador

Basilica de Voto Nacional Quito, Ecuador 
This is a huge church in the style of Neogothic Ecuadorian Architecture it is the largest in the New World construction began in 1892 and from what I understand is still a work in progress much like the La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona Spain, the Gaudi Church that work began on 1882 and continues today.

The residents believe that the day this church is completed is the day the world will end. I say then, please finish the church what have got to lose.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Shoe Shine Boy

Shining Shoes in a Park in Quito

Marcos
Little Marcos is Twelve years and works the streets of Quito, Ecuador, shining shoes for $1.00. His day begins early in the morning trying to catch people on there way to work then takes a break and resume later in the day as people return home.  

Friday, April 20, 2012

Little Ecuadorian Lady

Ecuadorian Woman
I love the way the indigenous people of Ecuador dress with their little hats and shawls. There always happy to greet you a big smile and help you out with directions to get around the big city of Quito    

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Quito

Quito,Ecuador
Quito,Ecuador

My first impression of Quito, is wow! This is a magnificent city and I'm looking forward to exploring it some more and meeting the local people of Ecuador. I've said this before many times that no matter how beautiful a city is it's the people that make it great.

Monday, April 16, 2012

What a great Wedding

The Happy Couple
Thanks again Renato and Larissa for letting us be apart of your wonderful wedding celebration. What a great time we had sharing this day with you. God bless you both with many joyful and fruitful years to follow.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Congratulations!!

Renato & Larissa
Congratulations to my good friends Renato and Larissa who later today will be married in a grandiose ceremony in an undisclosed location somewhere North of Brasilia. Well, all kidding aside, they are some of first people I meet I in Brasilia, and are so wonderful to me and my wife, They are always so willing to help us out and have made are stay in Brasilia, such a joy. We love you both!!

Friday, April 13, 2012

Out of Egypt

This is a video I did a few years ago on a visit to Egypt. Not much progress since the Pyramids were built. This is a very troubled part of the world as we all know and lot's of sad hurting people my heart really feels for them. As the old saying goes Know Jesus, Know Peace, No Jesus, No Peace.

Isaiah 55:6 NLT - Seek the LORD while you can find him. Call on him now while he is near.


I pray that God, will raise up a godly generation of men and women in this country. 

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Skyline of Brasilia

Official Skyline Photo of Brasilia
This is the skyline of Brasilia, Brazil. Lots of city's in the world have a define skyline, like Chicago, and New York. When you see the skyline of Chicago, you know its Chicago, and so on. Now Brasilia, has a define skyline. Hopefully, from here on out when photographers from all the world come to Brasilia, their stop and take the skyline of Brasilia, shot they've always been look for. If I had more time I would of added a moon in the photo.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Sunset on Lago Pararnoa

Sunset on Lago Paranoa, Brasilia, Brazil

Sunset on Lago Paranoa, Brasilia, Brazil
It's not everyday I make it down to the lake in Brasilia, to catch the Sunset. I'm always amazed at the amount of people that will come out for sunset and watch the handing work of God take place.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Sundial

Sundial in Parque da Cidade-Brasilia,Brazil 
As many times as I've passed this Sundial in the park I never really notice that it actual works. Yes, can you tell what time I was there? Its really not the hard to figure out. Now, I know why the wrist watch was invented. Because this doesn't work at night. 

Monday, April 9, 2012

Not the Amazon River

View of Lago Paranoá  from Asa Norte


View of Lago Paranoá from Asa Norte

Well it's not Amazon river in Brazil, but it is Brazil, and it is water and you can swim in it ride a boat in it and paddle a kayak in it and not have to worry about alligators. I personally just enjoy going down there to sit on banks and enjoy an ice cold coconut.  And to all my friends in North America, and Europe, this is how it looks all year round-Beautiful!!

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Resurrection Sunday

Peace be with you
Let the Redeemed of the Lord say so!! The true from the false. Jesus, is not in his grave unlike many false prophets that came before him and after him. This is what separates Jesus from Mohammed, Buddha, Confucius and the list goes on. Plus Jesus is God. The others are not.
Now Christ has gone to heaven. He is seated in the place of honor next to God, and all the angels and authorities and powers are bowing before him. 1 Peter 3vs22.
We are God's masterpiece. He has crated us anew in Christ Jesus, so that we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. Ephesians 2vs10.

Have a blessed day and may the God of peace and the King of Kings and Lord of Lords fill your life and hearts with peace. To God be the Glory. Amen

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Semana Santa-Continues

Cathedral San Jose
A much quieter Saturday 
Young Man Returning Home
Woman with two Children Antigua,Guatemala
Semana Santa or Holy Week continues right along with a much quieter Saturday afternoon. It was a good way for me to reflex on all that God has done for me in my life and that there is always more work to be done.

Friday, April 6, 2012

The Procession

The Procession

Walking Across the Alfrombra
Kids Picking Through the Aftermath
Today and all through the night are the big procession in Antigua, Guatemala. This is were all those beautiful Alfrombras will be trample on by the different procession that come through. This is actual a well organize event with brochures printed up to let you know at what time and where in city the processions come through. I myself, just sort of winged it. When I would come across people making the alfrombras I would ask them what time is the procession and then find my back in time to capture all the action. This is definitely a fun place to spend the weekend as there is just a certain peace that's descends upon the city during Holy Week.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

The Work Continues

Making a Colorful Alfrombra
Missionaries from Pennsylvania
Even the whole family gets involved

Making delicious Tortillas
The hard work continues as final preparations began for the big weekend ahead as vendor come from all over the country and tourist come from all over the world to descend upon the little town of Antigua, Guatemala.  Lots of Europeans, especially French tourist will be on hand to witness all the unique festivities that will take place in the next few days.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Alfrombras-Rugs

Alfrombras-Antigua,Guatemala


Making Alfrombras
Okay, this is a big weekend for making Alfrombras in some Latin American counties such as Antigua, Guatemala. A tradition that started in Seville, Spain, and spread to Mexico,Chile, Peru and of course the most famous in Antigua, Guatemala. These rugs, made of saw dust are quite impressive and can take up to 12 hour to make. Groups of people will work on them all through the night to have them ready for the next procession that comes through and tramples on them. 

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Prarque Dom Bosco-Lago Paranoá

Lago Paranoá

Tucked way back in the Parque Dom Bosco, in Brasilia, is this little spot that I love to go to, to look at the the view of Lago Paranoá and then jump in. After a nice refreshing swim I make the long trek back to the main part of the park and enjoy the sunset. Sometimes it's just the simple things in life that I enjoy the most.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Drums of Salvador

Drums of Salvador
I came across this outdoor shop were this guy makes and sales these handmade drum. I recognize the conga drum on the right the other drums look like old fashion snare drums but I'm not sure what they're really called but they look cool. I think the're used in traditional samba music they play in the streets during carnival and other festivals. What ever the drum or instrument just make a joyful noise to the Lord!! I think drummers were the first musicians God made...It had to be.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Praça dos Cristais

Praça dos Cristais
Yellow flowers in the park
Praça dos Cristais
The Famous Praça dos Cristais, in Brasilia, Brazil. While strolling through this small park the other day I thought, wow this is great, it's a small little park with lot's of small detail such as the bright yellow flowers and interesting walking paths that take you around the water. Plus there was literal no one there except one armed police keeping a watchful eye on the crystals.