Seashells from Atacames, Ecuador
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Seashells from Atacames, Ecuador
In case you missed my earlier post (here) about my visit to the Carolina Tiger Rescue Center, I would like to once again highly recommend anyone in the Raleigh area to pay the center a visit! The staff and volunteers are terrific, and highly knowledgeable. I’ve included links to the sites for each of the animals pictured in case you’d like to read more.
Lucky the Tiger
I’m shifting my blog to a new domain, and definitely having some issues. So bear with me, working on it!
For roughly half a year, I lived in Ecuador. While there, I attended a University right outside of Quito, and completed an internship in a local hospital, all in the pursuit of learning the Spanish language and completing my dual degree. Since this era pre-dated my interest in photography, a lot of the photos have been neglected on my laptop. As I learn to use photoshop and, generally, to appreciate photographs a bit more, I’ll be periodically posting some of these photos in with my new adventures and will accumulate them on the Photography Page. Looking back over such fond memories always brightens my day
These photos come from the original entry My first four day weekend, along with further descriptions about the adventure behind the pictures here.
Downtown Quito, taken from a pedestrian bridge, on the way to catch the bus for a day trip:
Reflections in the parking lot
During a run to the store with Eric to grab some ingredients for chocolate chip cookies from scratch, I grabbed this photo on my phone. It’s been really difficult to find time during the day to make a real photographic effort, I’m looking forward to the days growing longer so that I have a chance of getting home before darkness has already set in. I’m working on editing a couple of my photos from my Ecuador adventures, since that can be done at night in between homework, and will have to upload those soon.
Lipstick kiss left behind
While I suppose this could have been planned as a follow-up to Valentine’s Day, truth is that I stumbled across an old journal dating back that I threw clippings into from my time in Spain. It seems that my teenage self was trying to be artsy on this page, although I can’t remember the context very clearly. In any case, I really enjoyed stumbling across some of the old receipts, postcards and scraps of paper with notes that I saved. Makes me want to start a journal all over again…
Water glass at dinner
Another shot taken quickly during a busy day. Catching up with my posts now, but most of my photography time has been going towards editing the awesome Outer Banks shots. I’ll have to post some more of them later this evening!
Spring flowers creep over the Elon brick
This picture, taken the day after I got back from the Outer Banks trip, comes from a thoroughly exhausting day. Not only did I rack up additional sleep debt over the weekend, but I have a full day of classes MWF beginning at eight am. This was the solo photo that I managed to take that day, on the walk back from classes before sleep overtook me for a nap. Any time I had away from homework this week has really gone towards pictures from the weekend – I’ve never realized how long going through and editing masses of photos can take!
More of my photos of Elon can be found here.
Bodie Island Lighthouse
Although we traveled to so many beautiful places, and I like to think I have so many beautiful photos, my photograph for the second day also comes from the Bodie Island Lighthouse. I am sure my favorite for each day will change again and again as I get through my volumes of photos, but even as I was taking this one, I fell in love with it.
Sunset at Bodie Lighthouse
(11 Feb 2012)
This past weekend, my best friend Eric and I took a rather spontaneous adventure to the Outer Banks. I had never been, and have been scheming to find a way there for months. It was the perfect get-away before the semester really kicks up with work! And, I’m so very glad that we decided to first make a trip in the off-season. While dealing with the bone-chillingly windy, sometimes drizzly, conditions is a deal-breaker for many people, it provided a fantastic opportunity to explore the numerous nature attractions without the hustle bustle and tourist crowds that I’m sure frequent the area in the warmer months. And, the cost of staying in a fantastic, fantastic inn was greatly reduced (although I can honestly say the rooms and the service are worth the full on-season price – Seaside Inn). But, I’m getting ahead of myself.
Just got back from the Outer Banks! Pictures to follow soon, definitely have some good ones for Project 365 for the past two days. I had a fantastic time, I can see why everyone seems to have a soft spot for the area
Dangling lights (2/10/2012)
Tomorrow morning begins my trip to the Outer Banks with Eric! It’s hard to say how excited I am, I’ve been wanting to go to the Outer Banks for quite a while now. The journey begins tomorrow, but tonight warranted a trip to possibly the best sushi restaurant I know. Due to my biochemistry capstone presentation today, I didn’t really take the time to eat all day (terrible, I know). Dinner, as expected, was fantastic and I even got the chance to try salmon roe with quail egg. Fancy fancy
By the time this posts, I shall [hopefully] be on the beaches of the Outer Banks. First stop, Kitty Hawk!!
Signs of spring (2/9/2012)
This entire week has been terribly busy, and the time I’ve had to sleep (much less sleep) has grown increasingly scant with the arrival of my first chalk talk for my biochemistry capstone class. My thirty minute presentation on prostaglandins and their involvement in signaling pathways for fever, inflammation and pain. Medicines in the category of NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) include aspirin, and inhibit prostaglandin synthesis. The chalk talk consisted of a 30 minute presentation without any aides, such as a powerpoint. About ten hours went into understanding all the chemicals involved in the different pathways, and I’m extremely glad to be done with it!
Anyway, I snapped this shot for the picture of the day while inside researching away.
Oxidized (left) and reduced (right) Cyto c
In the body, cytochrome c is an important heme protein involved in the electron transport chain (ETC) and thus the body’s energy production, and is found in the inner membrane of mitochondria. It exists both in the oxidized and reduced state, which makes sense since its role in the ETC is to accept an electron from Complex III and transfer it to Complex IV via coupled oxidation/reduction (redox) reactions.
What’s the scene beyond that phone wallpaper?
Symbol of the sun god
This necklace, one of my favorites from my adventures in Ecuador, features the sun god from the Tolita culture, which dates to pre-Columbian Ecuador. I saw a stunning mask of this in el Museo Nacional de Banco Central del Ecuador in the Gold Room (Sala de Oro). The mask, fashioned of pure gold, demonstrates impressive metalworking.
Ashes of intentions
(5 Feb 2012) It’s funny how quickly friendships can change from inseparably close to barely existent, oftentimes leaving words and plans – previously uttered – empty and abandoned. Whether it be to a fight, distance, or her new boyfriend, the disappearance of a valued friendship simply sucks. Today wasn’t a chipper day, so I suppose it’s only appropriate that my picture reflect it.
Update: Regarding my 365 project, I have decided to begin posting each days photo and entry the following day. I will still create the entry the day of, but seeing how I have a tendency to pull it all together in the wee hours of the morning, I prefer that the posts go up at a more reasonable time. So, I have set my daily posts to publish at 9am the following morning
Reflection of a rainy day
Like any good Saturday, the morning started out with an adventure. Although Isabel and I had contemplated going to Cedarock due to proximity, my very favorite adventure book (100 Classic Hikes in North Carolina by Joe Miller) informed me that Occoneechee is only an extra five minutes in drive time. Unexplored territory, of course, won out.