52 Weeks Of Photo Challenges

A theme based photo blog


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15. Graveyard

Since the beginning of this years 52 Week Challenge, I knew which graveyard I wanted to photograph for this theme. It is located in Boquete, Panama. The graveyard contains several different types of graves, the traditional single plot, lawn crypts and private mausoleums. I find all the different types in the same area very interesting.

Luckily for me I was able to visit a few weeks ago. Along with fellow blogger, my friend Ida, we took a walk around town that included the graveyard. It was the week before Easter, schools and many business’ are closed beginning on Wednesday that week. There did seem to be many more decorations this time so I am going to assume that more people visit the graves of their family members during this holiday week.

I chose to edit these photos using Silver Effects Pro 2.

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29. On Two Wheels

I got such a chuckle out of these photos… I’m glad I had a fitting theme so I could share them in my photo challenge.

In the area of Panama that I used to live, they have completed a new road since I was last there. The original road was a two lane highway that could make the Pope swear. If you got behind a slow moving car or truck it could substantially slow your trip time.  Many times those vehicles were without tail lights which made driving at night, during the heavy rains or in the fog even more challenging. If that wasn’t bad enough there were regularly people walking along the poorly lit roads at night.

With the new safer road comes the problem of trying to slow down the drivers… Rather than pay for more ‘real’ police the government came up with this genius idea… Life size cut outs of motorcycle traffic police holding a radar gun that my friend Yamel thinks resembles a giant blow drier. I suppose the first time you see it you might tap your brakes and check your speed. After that I don’t think it would be very effective.

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I took a photo on one of the first days I was there,with my iPhone, so I would be able to show people when I got back home. One the last day I had to grab a second photo. I guess someone was trying to send a message that the big mean plastic motorcycle traffic cop didn’t scare them anymore.

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24. It’s a Mail/Male Thing

I wasn’t sure what I was going to use for this theme but then like manna from heaven the door bell rang this morning and there he stood, the mailman! The delivery that was being made was our twice a year delivery of Panama coffee.

My husband and I are admitted coffee snobs. We spent a few years both vacationing and living in Panama. Friends from Boquete own a small coffee farm there. When we get down to just a few bags a new order is just a Facebook message away. Trece and Paul roast it at that time just the way we like it, very light.  The lighter the roast the better the flavor and the higher the caffein content! If someone tells you they don’t like coffee because it tastes bitter  it’s because they are drinking dark roast, burnt coffee beans. Thanks again Trece… I will be enjoying my giant cup of Joe every morning for another several months! I’ll be in touch when the supply starts to run low… 😉

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