Graffiti at Barrio de San Telmo, Argentina

Barrio de San Telmo, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Barrio de San Telmo, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Graffiti Around the World: Buenos Aires Argentina 3

Little Flower

Little flower

Coati profile

Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil
Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil

I have never seen a coati before my travel to Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil, in 2011. These lovely creatures stroll around the National Park without worrying about human beings. They don’t feel scare of us at all. My encounter with them was a surprise not only because I have never seen this slightly upward-turned nose animal before but also because a group of scareless coatis approached a tourist and took away his belongings, a coca-cola, drank it and then left the empty coke on the floor. That made us laugh. After the robbery, they sat and preened each other regardless of the people looking at them. They looked so cute and friendly that they made me think that I would love to touch them, and maybe a lot of visitors want to do it too because all the brochures of the park indicate not to do it. I guess this is because the coatis usually get close to people.

After my encounter with coatis, I searched for information about them. They are native of South America, Central America and south-western North America. The adults measure 33 to 69 cm (13 to 27 inches) from head to the base of the tail, which can be as long as their bodies, and 30 cm (12 in) tall at the shoulder, about the size of a large house cat. Their tail is like the one of ring-tailed cats, but belong to the family of the racoons. According to Wikipedia, their diet consists mainly of ground litter invertebrates, small vertebrates and fruit; though it seems that after contact with humans in the Brazilian subtropical rain forest they also drink coca-cola.

If you want to take a look at coatis in group and some preening each other, visit my other link about this unexpected meeting.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Window

valladolid, Yucatan-Mexico
Valladolid, Yucatan-Mexico

This window belongs to the Convent of San Bernardino de Siena (Saint Bernardine of Siena). The Franciscan order built and founded the convent, whose construction began in 1552 and was finished in 1560. The purpose of its establishment was the evangelization for the conversion to Christianity of the Yucatec Mayan descendants. So imagine what the Franciscan monks saw four centuries ago through this window, or what the mayas saw inside the window on those days, when for both groups the culture of the other ones was totally unknown.

Door to the Past: Outside of Presidio Building

Santa Barbara, California
Santa Barbara, California

El Presidio de Santa Barbara State Historic Park, founded on April 21, 1782. Sun-dried adobe bricks architecture.

Daily Promt: Outside

Sunset View from Ocean Avenue

Santa Monica. California

2013 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,700 times in 2013. If it were a cable car, it would take about 45 trips to carry that many people.

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Hello World!

I want to thank all the visitors to my blog, to the people who clicked on the Like button and the ones that took the time to make a comment over my photography posts.


Happy New Year 2014!

marianne gv