Located in western Cuba, about 3 hours by taxi from Central Havana is the Viñales Valley. Lonely Planet probably described it best: “The Valle de Viñales is a stunning national park blessed by fertile rust-red soil, layered in chartreuse green expanses of tobacco plantations and studded by precipitous limestone buttresses of rock. It offers Cuba’s very best hiking, climbing, caving and vistas, based around the tranquil farming town of Viñales on the edge of the park. This is Cuba at its most alluring: no wonder it’s the country’s second most visited tourist destination after Havana.”
We arrived during carnival weekend (?) and our taxi couldn’t/wouldn’t try to make it to our accommodations. Fortunately it was less than a half mile after wending our way thru the rides and festival goers. Tip: A carnival is a carnival no matter where you are.
Our particular casa backed to a farm with gorgeous views of the mogotes (limestone cliffs) and thatched buildings.
Early Sunday morning on the steps of the church.
Pineapple cart making the rounds
Pineapple cart making the rounds
Young boy on the outskirts of town was happy to bring his horse in and stop for us to photograph.
Sledges drawn by oxen bringing in tobacco leaves to the drying sheds.
Jim scouting the next shot. The pineapples became part of breakfast.
Central square gathering.
Sunrise up in the mountains at a national park.
Dusk settling in on a misty valley
Farm worker taking a break.
Our guides on our horseback expedition ito the the tobacco farm.
Sitting are outside our room in Viñales.
Misty morning sunrise over the valley
Typical thatched building on a farm
Thatched barn behind our casa.
Sweet campsite up above the town. Not a bad wake up view.
The egg man delivers.
Industrial strength taxi. Looks like something out of Mad Max.
Sweet 1956 Chevy Taxi
Epy about his morning chores.
Sometimes it is what is reflected in the window that is interesting.
Monument to the glory days of the Revolution
The answer to the eternal question.
Something a bit weird about a stand full of half naked dolls
Catholic Church in Viñales
Tree offerings seem to be quite common in Cuba. The Santeria religion folds that certain types of trees are sacred and followers seek favor from the ancient ancestors that are thought to occupy the trees.
My horse Mocha while I was in Viñales. He like to bite other horses.
Farm life in Viñales
Ananas Nanus- a minin pineapple that grows on a yucca like plant.
First Light on the red rocks here at Arrowhead Golf Course in Roxborough Park, Co can be an enchanting view. This misty morning with the frosted vegetation was almost ethereal.
This image is available for purchase thru Fine Art America. I have a 20×10 metal print on order!
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Some morning I awaken to a glow in the room from the morning light through a skylight. Today was one of those and I know, I have about 5 minutes to try and capture the fleeting colors. Today was with the new Nexus 5X cellphone. The images are unfiltered or altered. The beauty we continually see here astounds me.
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It was a gorgeous sunrise this morning over Sharptail Ridge Open Space here in Douglas County, Co. The first image was shot with my #Nexus4 smartphone with a bit of post processing in Adobe Lightroom5. The others were with the Sony A77v.
Pretty much struck out shooting meteors this morning, but the sunrise over Arrowhead Golf Club was worth capturing with my Sony A77 & Rokinon 2.8/14mm. A bit of processing in Lightroom for some exposure adjustments. Click thru for a full sized image.