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Bocas del Toro Caribbean Art Gallery

Bocas del Toro Caribbean Art

Bocas del Toro Caribbean Art

Bocas del Toro Caribbean Art Gallery

Caribbean Art Gallery in Bocas del Toro, Panama

I took this photo of the colorful Caribbean art kiosk, from the Gran Hotel Bahia, where we were staying, right across the main street. My eyes were attracted by all the colors and items displayed there: masks, rugs, tapestries, paintings, scarfs and other wearable items, and everything else that was visible there, including the lady with green socks… 🙂
At a closer look, you can see that the art display also has cooking and sleeping facilities, allowing the art vendor to be present there all the time – I think she was actually living there. But hey, that’s the Caribbean life style and culture.

Bocas del Toro Caribbean Art

The Caribbean Art gallery attracts all kinds of art lovers, locals or tourists, and here I snapped a local woman looking at the exhibits. She was just as colorful as the art itself 🙂

Fine art lover in Bocal del Toro, Panama

Fine art lover in Bocas del Toro, Panama

Here (below) is the art vendor browsing some newspapers inside the establishment, surrounded by all the items she had for sell. I sneaked for a few seconds into her environment, and quickly snapped the photo…(I didn’t want to disturb her privacy as I knew that just like me, hundreds of other tourists do the same all the time), but I really liked the scene and the Story related to this kiosk.

The art vendor - Bocal del Toro, Panama

Bocas del Toro, Caribbean Art Vendor inside the store

Click on the photos to see them in my original gallery. If you like Caribbean lifestyle and people, here is how the pictures can look on your wall. Click for more information on sizes, format and prices

Caribbean Art vendor in Bocas del Toro, Panama

Caribbean art lover wall decor

Click here to see more pictures from my Fine Art America Panama art gallery

If the doors could talk - Casco Viejo Panama

If the doors could talk – Casco Viejo, Panama

Casco Viejo Panama (also called Casco Antiguo – Old Quarter in Spanish) is full of history. Some of its doors, windows and walls are as old as 300 years – They all have some interesting stories to tell, which I hope will not disappear too soon.

This archaic colonial building with its old doors and balconies attracted my view, and I couldn’t stop wondering: “what if the doors could talk – what story would they tell?“….
Once somebody’s home, I could easily assume that these doors have seen much better days.

The green wooden shades where certainly once beautiful. You can also notice the balconies with wrought iron railings… And hey, there was still a living plant growing on one of them – hmm, weird!
* Note the three different methods for securing the doors at the bottom… I’m wondering what they are hiding inside those dingy enigmatic spaces.

If the doors could talk... Casco Viejo, Panama

 A little History

  • Built on a peninsula, the district was founded in 1673 with the purpose of defending Panama City from pirates attacks and repress the enemies.
  • This historic district of Panama City, a gem of art and culture, has become a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997.

One of the buildings dating to the 17th century is the convent of Santo Domingo with it’s “Flat Arch” (Arco Chato). – Today it’s under restoration.

Convent of Santo Domingo ruins in Casco Viejo, Panama

Convent of Santo Domingo ruins in Casco Viejo, Panama

Arco Chato, Casco Viejo, Panama

Arco Chato

Santo Domingo Convent, Casco Viejo, Panama

Santo Domingo Convent

Arco Chato - Casco Viejo Panama

Arco Chato

More Doors in Casco Viejo, Panama

I love to see and take photos of doors and windows, and this is what I did in Casco Viejo Panama too.

As I was walking on the streets of this old city looking left and right, I kept thinking the same thing: What if the doors could talk… In the streets of the old Panama City Panama Casco Viejo

… But there are people still living In some of these rather crappy buildings with broken walls and dingy spaces. They’re waiting patiently for the day of restoration.

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Casco Viejo restoration

More and more old buildings have been renovated into nice clean even luxurious apartment buildings and hotels. The process continues, without destroying the original character of the construction. Hopefully the history behind these antique walls will not completely disappear.

Renovated building in Casco ViejoSome of these pictures from Casco Viejo Panama are also available as fine art prints for wall and home decor.

Old door in Casco Viejo Panama - Framed art print
Old door in Casco Viejo Panama - Framed art print

For the fun of challenges, I posted it to:

Lens-Artists Challenge #20 – Open Sesame: Doors and Doorways

Weekly Challenge: Photograph When One Door Closes….


Low tide at Peggy's Cove

Low Tide at Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia

Low Tide at Peggy’s Cove – Click on the photos for a larger view:

Low tide at Peggy's Cove

The low tide at Peggy’s Cove offers a unique approach to this rural heritage place of Nova Scotia,. Here you can see some colors and textures not available in other places. Just look at the fisherman’s shacks and golden seaweed reflected in the Atlantic Ocean! Well, these are things you can only find in the Maritime, Canada.

Peggy's Cove at low tide, Nova Scotia -by Tatiana Travelways

The small coves on the rocky shore offer stunning unique views too, full of contrasts and beauty.

Low tide at Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia - by Tatiana Travelways

At low tide, you can notice the high pillars covered with seaweed and shells – It’s time for the seagulls to have some snacks ?

Low tide at Peggy's Cove, Nova ScotiaLow tie at Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia

… And the golden seaweed is so amazing, almost like from another planet.

Seaweed at low tide in Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia

I’m not sure how many times a day the low tide happens, but when at dusk it looks different…

Fisherman's shacks at low tide in Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia

Some of these photos can be seen in my Canada and Nova Scotia – Peggy’s Cove gallery, available as Fine Art Print at Fine Art America

Peggy’s Cove is one of my favorite travel destinations in Nova Scotia – No wonder my husband and I lived in the Peggy’s Cove area for 3 years, and came back for another whole summer ?

This poster I created shows various pictures of the village, including the famous lighthouse. Click on it for all the options:

Peggy's Cove Metal Print featuring the photograph Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia Poster by Tatiana Travelways


For the fun of challenges I posted to:

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Places People Live

Sunday Stills: Texture is All Around Us


Peggy's Cove Lighthouse, by Tatiana Travelways

Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse – One of the top attractions in Nova Scotia, Canada

Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse is almost a symbol of Nova Scotia. Situated in the historic fisherman’s village with the same name, it’s one of the most photographed landmark in the Maritime Canada.

Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse photos

Peggy's Cove Lighthouse, by Tatiana Travelways

This is the famous Peggy’s Cove lighthouse in the fire-red light of the sunset. I took it right before the sun was completely gone.

Wandering on the rocky Atlantic shore of the village, it got quite late, but I wanted to take this sunset shot. Unfortunately, by the time I climbed a rock nearby, the sun disappeared and I was quite sure I missed it.
My husband encouraged me to wait and see what happens – he was right 🙂 Suddenly the last rays of light appeared from behind the horizon spraying an incredible red color on the sky! – What a great good luck 🙂

I didn’t have the tripod (I almost never use it), so I tried to fix my legs as hard as I could on the ground and got the shot. * I like the fact that I captured the man standing nearby the lighthouse – it shows so nicely the scale of the structure. I can call this “Minimalism” in landscape photography using the “Rule of Thirds

Peggy’s Cove lighthouse is definitely a popular place, not only for its beauty, but also for its position on top of those big boulders entering deeply into the ocean.

Peggy's Cove Lighthouse

Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse on a beautiful September blue sky

Peggy's Cove Lighthouse in July

Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse in July

Click here to see more pictures from Peggy’s Cove as fine art prints for home and wall decor in my America Fine Art gallery

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Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse – Fun and Entertainment

Fun and Entertainment at Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse

Fun and Entertainment at Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse

Like never before, right at the base of the lighthouse a lady musician was playing the accordion. We visited Peggy’s Cove lighthouse many times, but never had seen her before.

It was a beautiful day, and I was so lucky to see this! Many people were taking photos of the scene – she was so colorful and picturesque! She was playing very well too.

I’m not sure if it was for her music or for her presence, but her accordion case placed strategically close by, got a few coins in it – great!

I called this photo: Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse – Fun and Entertainment, and indeed, everybody was having a good time there.

Here is a digital paint version I made:

Peggy's Cove Lighthouse Art Print featuring the photograph Peggy's Cove Lighthouse - Fun And Entertainment by Tatiana Travelways

Click on the images to see them in a larger format

Posted in my Photo Blog Challenges for: 
Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #7: Everyday Moments

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Scene

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Week 5 Photo – Music, guitar, instrument...
yellowstone national park attractions

Yellowstone National Park Attractions

I had known about Yellowstone National Park attractions since I was a teenager, but never thought the day would come when I would be able to see all these things in reality.

Well, in June, 2015 the miracle happened!!!

While driving North from Nevada (where we spent the winter) back to Canada, I noticed on the map that the road crossing the magnificent park was an option… We were running a little out of time, but being so close it was a shame to skip it. Oh, how happy I was when my husband confirmed that yes, we could do it!
Here is a comprehensive story of our one-day trip though the famous park:

Yellowstone National Park Attractions viewed in a one-day trip

After passing the Grand Tetons National Park going North, we shortly arrived in the park at the South Entrance. This one is a less attractive entrance, but it is still beautiful. Not far from this place we noticed that we were at the point of the Continental Divide at an altitude of 7088 feet – wow, we were quite high…

Yellowstone National Park Continental Divide sign

Yellowstone National Park Continental Divide

There are several itineraries you can take in the park, but we went down a random road – we always do… The first stop was of course at the Old Faithful Inn, where we parked the car. This hotel is located in the Upper Geyser Basin. It was close to the designated board walks, and I took them to see some of the famous Yellowstone National Park attractions: geysers, hot springs and pools.

The Geysers of Yellowstone

The first thing I saw was the Castle Geyser, with a sign predicting the next eruption. First I thought I didn’t see well, but looking more attentively, I clearly read the text – the next eruption was supposed to happen the next day!!! I heard scary things about the Yellowstone Park danger of eruptions, but I didn’t know what the consequences would be for this one…

Castle Geyser prediction for eruption

Castle Geyser prediction for eruption

I was wondering what all the people around me were thinking about this, but they all looked relaxed and enjoying their free time…hmm!

After we left, I checked the news for the next few days, but couldn’t find anything… I arrived at the conclusion that most probably eruptions here are a common thing. More than this, it is actually a good thing that they happen, because they release a little of the pressure of whole volcano underneath.

** It looks like we are living under the spectre of a big eruption, which I read has became quite threatening: http://www.foxnews.com/science/2013/04/18/yellowstone-volcano-bigger-than-thought

The boardwalks are totally secure, and there is no danger at all exploring the literally boiling environment around, if you follow the park rules. Left and right there are geysers and bubbling/fuming pools – the landscape reminded me of some scary SF movies 🙂

Geysers and hot springs at Yellowstone National Park

Geysers and hot springs at Yellowstone National Park

Hot springs and geysers at the Uper Basin in Yellowstone

Hot springs and geysers at the Upper Basin in Yellowstone

Now, it depends on how you look at things too….

Stunning colors

All these uncommon manifestations of mother nature can actually appear to be very interesting and beautiful (after you get a little used to them and relax). The colors of all the toxic fuming waters along with the calcareous deposits around them, are quite amazing, if not obnoxious so to say…

Fuming basin around the castle geyser with orange colors

Fuming basin around the castle geyser with orange colors

Zesty edges of the Crested Pool in Yellowstone with wonderful color contrast

Zesty edges of the Crested Pool in Yellowstone with wonderful color contrast

Amazing green and brown orange at the Belgian Pool

Amazing green and brown orange at the Belgian Pool, surrounded by purple flowers

  • It looks like these purple flowers like volcanic soil – we’ve seen them at the Craters of Moon in Idaho as well.

Old Faithful Geyser

One of the main Yellowstone National Park attractions is nevertheless the Old Faithful Geyser. It’s supposed to erupt every hour or so, and if you have time and patience you can see it in its full “splendor”.

More stunning scenery and Yellowstone National Park attractions

We had to keep moving.The next sightseeing while driving North was at the Lower Geyser Basin, along the Firehole River

Geysers at the Lower Basin in Yellowstone

Geysers at the Lower Basin in Yellowstone

Firehole River and geysers in Yellowstone

Firehole River and geysers in Yellowstone

Summer storm in Yellowstone National Park

It was cloudy and the rain was quite imminent. Passing through Norris Point on the way to Gardner River, I was blown away by the incredibly beautiful greens revealed by the light before the storm!

Beautiful green color of the field in the light before the storm in Yellowstone National Park

Beautiful green color of the field in the light before the storm in Yellowstone National Park

Green fields and light before the storm in the Yellowstone National Park in June

Green fields and light before the storm in the Yellowstone National Park in June

As we were driving up the hills, the storm has suddenly arrived – To me it was beautiful and I would say it was one of the Yellowstone National Park attractions in the summertime.

Summer storm in Yellowstone National Park

Summer storm in Yellowstone National Park

I couldn’t resist taking this photo with all the water drops on the windshield, sparkling in the sun

Summer rain in Yellowstone National Park

Summer rain in Yellowstone National Park

The visibility was not ideal I would say, but fortunately it didn’t last too long 🙂

Rain and storm at Yellowstone

Rain and storm at Yellowstone

Wildlife in Yellowstone

The sun reappeared and the wildlife came out for a nice snack 🙂 Deer and Moose were all together in the pasture. I’ve never seen so many in one place.

Wildlife in Yellowstone Park

Deer in Yellowstone

I agree that our wildlife experience was not very extensive. There is much more out there if you have the time to explore…

When it comes to Yellowstone National Park attractions, a one day trip can become quite long – with so many things to see!

We were almost at the end, and after driving trough this high pass between the mountains, we approached the North entrance (our exist)

High Pass through the mountains

But the end was not quite as close as we thought. – Another fascinating area was just about to reveal 🙂

Mammoth Springs at Yellowstone

Mammoth Springs and rock formations

We spent about an hour looking around and taking photos – who could imagine it was so beautiful 🙂

Mammoth Springs at Yellowstone

This was our one day journey into the Yellowstone National Park attractions. We didn’t really know what to expect and the best itinerary to take. But you can take a guided tour with all the knowledge and advice you need. Click here to see the most popular tours to Yellowstone and the touristic areas around, including: Grand Teton, Jackson, Antelope Canyon and California Theme Parks!


For the fun of challenges I posted it to:

Which Way Challenge: December 13, 2018Word of the day: Eruption | Down a random road | FOWC: Toxic | World of the Day: Spectre


Yellowstone Travel -passing the Continental Divide

Yellowstone Travel Tips

Yellowstone travel is one of the main attractions of the North part of USA. Get the best of it with simple to follow tips.

Yellowstone travel tips

Yellowstone National Park is special and while visiting it, you really need to know how to do it.
This will give you security, comfort and peace of mind.

1. Get your US National Parks pass

If you are over the age of 60, first of all make sure you get your $10 lifetime pass for the US National Parks.
– You have to show it at the entrance. * It only takes one pass per car.
– Other recreational lands passes are available here: http://www.nps.gov/findapark/passes.htm
– Otherwise the entrance fees into the Yellowstone National Park (payable at the entrance ) are:

  • $25 for a noncommercial private vehicle,
  • $20 for a motorcycle
  • $12 for each visitor 16 an older entering on foot, bike, ski, etc.

* These fees give you a 7 day permit for both Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks

2. Stay informed and follow the Yellowstone Travel Rules

– When you enter any park you get free brochures, maps and useful related information. Don’t refuse them, and especially in the case of Yellowstone, read them carefully before you commit to the visit – this may save you the trip and even more…
* Yellowstone National Park can be dangerous and you can face some fierce conditions if you don’t follow the rules

– It is very important to check the prohibited activities within Yellowstone; again, this can save your life.

Read about how to behave in the proximity of the wildlife
Wildlife in Yellowstone National Park

Wildlife in Yellowstone National Park

Beware that accidents have happened when people tried to approach wild animals, or left food (trash or scented items) easy to be reach by them.
– For example, you must stay at least 100 yards (about 100m) away from bears and wolves and 25 yards (about 25m) from all other animals.
– Do not feed any wildlife, including birds, squirrels and coyotes.
– If you see a bear while driving, find the next pullout, park safely, and watch him going away from inside your vehicle.

Are you hiking? Look for all available information on this
People watching the geysers and hot springs at Yellowstone National Park

People watching the geysers and hot springs at Yellowstone National Park

– Read the park newspaper for important hiking safety information
– Stay on designated trails and boardwalks. * Grounds are fragile and the water hot, as well as the vapors which some can be toxic – there were deadly accidents there)

Fuming geyser basin at Yellowstone National Park

Fuming geyser basin at Yellowstone National Park

– Keep your kids close at hand
– Control you pets if you are in an area where they are allowed – otherwise don’t take them.
– Check your cell phone provider for the covered areas

3. Yellowstone National Park Lodging

Old Faithful Inn hotel in Yellowstone National Park

Old Faithful Inn hotel in Yellowstone National Park

– If you want to visit the park from mid June to mid September, you really have to book ahead your lodging, because it’s very, very busy!
* In mid June when we visited the park, there were no availabilities of any kind – even the campgrounds were completely full.
So really plan ahead and book your lodging early enough.

The lodging facilities inside the park are:

Craters Of The Moon Idaho National Park

My husband and I visited the Craters of the Moon Idaho National Park this year in June. While traveling from Tween Falls, Idaho, we follow the highway 20. Suddenly we noticed that the nice green fields and hills along the Snake river changed without notice into a sea of dark/black ground and rocks!

Dark ground at the Craters of the Moon, as seen from the road

Dark ground at the Craters of the Moon, as seen from the road

I have never seen something like this before and intrigued, I looked at my husband. He smiled. He knew about the existence of this place but admitted that has never seen it before. So the surprise was some how for both of us 🙂 As we were not in a hurry we decided to visit it and I’m glad we did.

Craters Of The Moon Idaho National Park

Craters of the Moon sign on highway 20

Craters of the Moon sign on highway 20

There is a mix of old and new petrified lava here. At the Visitor Center which is not far from the sign, we learned the oldest known eruption was 15,000 years ago and it’s the part that’s covered with vegetation. The most recent eruption occurred 2,000 years ago – that area is the darkest one. Geologists say that future events may likely happen here.

The Visitor Center

The Visitor Center at the Craters of the Moon Idaho National Park is situated 18 miles Southwest of Arco and 20 miles North from Twin Falls, on US 20/26/93.

Getting to the Craters of the Moon, Idaho Directions map

Craters of the Moon Directions

Visitor Center of the Craters of the Moon National Monument

Visitor Center of the Craters of the Moon National Monument

At the Visitor Center you can have a lot of information and details related to this area, including movies, exhibitions and a bookstore, and it’s open year-round.

Logging and Facilities at Craters Of The Moon Idaho National Park

For who wants to camp here, there are campground facilities with water, restrooms and picnic areas (no hookups), with no reservations. Several other camping areas are available in the park, but they have water-less restrooms. Here you can find more info about the Fees, Passes, Hours of Operation and more.

Tip: As a senior US citizen, my husband has a pass for all the national Parks in US, so we didn’t have to pay any entrance fee.

Crater of the Moon Pictures

Volcanic Rocks thrown up by the force of the eruption

Volcanic Rocks thrown up by the force of the eruption

Huge boulder of dark petrified lava in the middle of the field

Huge boulder of dark petrified lava in the middle of the field

There is not too much vegetation there (I’m wondering why…), other than some sagebrush, moss and a few colorful flowers, but the sightseeing is beautiful

Flowers at the Craters of the Moon

Flowers at the Craters of the Moon

Sightseeing at the Craters of the Moon

Sightseeing at the Craters of the Moon

We explored the zone for a couple of hours, but the whole area is a 750,000 acres of lava formed landscape. You may need more than one day to visit it all. Warning: There are many miles of underdeveloped rugged dirt and roads; If you have a a high 4-wheel-drive vehicle you are good.

The lava formations are quite impressive:

People climbing a lava/ash formatted hill

People climbing a lava/ash formatted hill

Lava formatted hill covered by some small vegetation

Lava formatted hill covered by some small vegetation

Hills of lava formed after the erruptions

Hills of lava formed after the eruptions

Fields covered by lava at the Craters of the Moon

Fields covered by lava at the Craters of the Moon

We went up to one of the craters. The deep hole into the volcano looks scary, but you don’t have to worry! The fence that surrounds it makes it safe, so no danger to approach the edge.

People looking into the volcano crater hole

People looking into the volcano crater hole

The upper edges of the crater

The upper edges of the crater

Pieces of petrified lava as they had frowned from the crater

Pieces of petrified lava as they had frowned from the crater

Solidified lava on the walls of the crater

Solidified lava on the walls of the crater


For the fun of challenges, I posted it to:

Word of the day: EruptionTuesday Photo Challenge: Surprise | Lens Artists Photo Challenge: Patterns