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Gringo In Nicaragua – Tisey Estanzuela Natural Reserve

07/08/2015 – 07/11/2015

 

Gringo In Nicaragua – Tisey Estanzuela Natural Reserve

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Trip Overview

We visited the Tisey Reserve several times during our trip to Nicaragua. It’s very close to Esteli, our home base during our trip to Nicaragua. Esteli is about a 2 hour drive north from the capital city of Managua.This posting contains photos and information from all three visits. The reserve name is a combination of the Cerro El Tisey nature site and the river La Estanzuela. The area is a mountain rain forest containing wildlife, hiking, crops and livestock. Instead of just going to Tisey, we will make the trip into a loop so we see a little more of Nicaragua.

The Route

Below is the basis route we will cover on this post.

  • NIC 1 Highway (Pan American Highway) south from Esteli
  • Left on NIC 45 Highway towards San Nicolas
  • Left on the dirt road at the restaurant Rancho Don Luis
  • A visit to the Salto de la Estanzuela Waterfall
  • Continue on the dirt road back to Esteli

 

 

Travel Tips

The Trip

A view of the drive on NIC 1 after leaving Esteli (driving south toward Managua). This was at 5:30 in the morning, so traffic was light.

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This incredible view was about 10 minutes after turning onto NIC 45. This panoramic was captured after pulling of the right side of the road.

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Most people think of Nicaragua as a tropical country, but they also have cactus! This was spotted along the highway growing over a rock wall a few minutes after the photo above.

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Where we turn off NIC 45 onto the dirt road, is at the Rancho Don Luis (follow the sign for La Garnacha). This is the view you are treated to if you take the short walk from the Rancho Don Luis. A purchase at Don Luis’s restaurant or paying a small fee per person is also required. This image was captured in the afternoon. In the distance is the town of San Nicolas (see below under Optional Side Trip). The “El Rancho de Don Luis” was created in 2004 by Don Jose Luis Lopez Alfaro and his wife Odili Gutierrez.

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Another view from Rancho Don Luis showing a volcano in the distance.

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This gives you an idea of the dirt road on the drive back to Esteli. On this trip having the 4WD (four wheel drive) wasn’t a requirement, but depending on the weather it can be.

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This is a Blue-crowned Motmot. The Motmot is Nicaragua’s national bird. One of many different species of birds found in the reserve.

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The Salto de la Estanzuela Waterfall is probably the most famous place in the reserve. To get to the waterfall you need to pass thru a local farmer’s land, which requires a small fee. The fee should be less than $1 per person. The road to the waterfall requires a 4WD, or you can wall the short .6 km (.4 miles). Below is a view from our 4WD headed down the road to the falls.

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Here is the view you will be greeted with once you reach the base of the falls. The waterfall is over 10 meters high (35 feet), and yes that is a swimmer in the photo.

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After leaving the Salto de la Estanzuela Waterfall we are back on the road to Esteli. The waterfall is only about 6 km (3.7 miles) from Esteli. The image below is one of the several farmer we passed on our trip.

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Optional Side Trip

A great little side trip is to the small town (around 9,000) of San Nicolas, which is mostly surrounded by rivers and mountains. To get there you just stay on NIC 45 instead of turning onto the dirt road at Don Luis. A festival is held there on December 15th, in honor of ‘San Nicolas’. There is view of San Nicolas from the Rancho Don Luis overlook pictured above. The image below is from a farmer selling chicks on one of the streets in San Nicolas.

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Gringo In Nicaragua – Lake Managua – Leon – Las Penitas

06/27/2015

 

Gringo In Nicaragua – Lake Managua – Leon – Las Penitas

Today’s trip will take us from Esteli in the Northern Mountains, to Lake Managua, then Leon and finally to Las Penitas on the Pacific Ocean. Currently it is the rainy season in Nicaragua, and also low season for tourist in Nicaragua. From Esteli you will take highway 1 (Pan American Highway) south toward Managua. Once you reach highway 26 it’s a right turn (the only way you can turn). At Malpaisillo you will go left on highway 22. At highway 448 you will go left to Leon Viejo until you reach Lake Managua. After stopping at Lake Managua take the same path back to highway 22. At highway 22 take a left to continue on toward Leon. Take a right at highway 28 (highway 22 ends here). When highway 28 ends at highway 12 take another right. Follow highway 12 into Leon. Once you complete you visit in Leon head out of town on Ruben Dario, which will turn into highway 14. Highway 14 will take you to the ocean. Once there take a left to Las Penitas, if you continue on highway 14 it will take you to Poneloya. We left Esteli around 7 am and returned back around 7 pm.

 

Lake Managua

Our first stop takes us to Lake Managua to capture a view of the volcanoes Momotombo and Momotombito. The ‘ito’ at the end of Momotombito means little in Spanish. Nicaragua has one of the most impressive volcanic chains in Central America. The original city of Leon was located on the slopes of Volcano Momotombo, until the volcano reduced the city to rubble in 1610. Now it’s called Leon Viejo (Old in Spanish) and is a World Heritage Site. The ruins of Leon Viejo are now a archaeological site.

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Leon

Leon is a city full of history, and also full of churches. Below is a photo of the Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption of Leon. The cathedral is one of the largest in Central America and is also a World Heritage Site. It is located at the central plaza. The cathedral is currently under a major restoration and has been for sometime. In the image below you can see the before and after. The cathedral also contains the tomb of Ruben Dario, a famous poet from Nicaragua.

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Las Penitas

Las Penitas has a wide and sandy beach front with a collection of hotels and restaurants. Surfing is not spectacular (not the largest waves), but it’s easy to get to.

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Well, all good things must come to a end, and this is the end of our post for Lake Managua, Leon and Las Penitas. Adios!

Stay tuned for the next Gringo In Nicaragua post.

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Luke Days 2014 – Photo Trip

03/10/2014 – 03/12/2014

Luke Days 2014 – Lightning In The Desert

Luke Days 2014, Lightning In The Desert  is a open house and air show that is open to the public and admission is also free. The event is held at Luke Air Force Base in Glendale. The show normally occurs every other year, but was cancelled last year due to federal budget cuts.

Friday – Practice Day

Friday afternoon we started to hear jets from our house in Litchfield Park. After capturing a few photos from our house, we decided to drive over near Luke Air Force Base. Luke Air Force Base is just north of Litchfield Park. We have a place we like to go to see the jets from Luke AFB, it’s on Alsup Road,  just north of Camelback Road. There is farming on both sides of the road, and normally farm workers are your only company. Not today, there was probably over 20 cars watching the practice session.

To the right is from Friday’s practice, was captured just south of Luke Air Force Base  (photo info: 500mm, 1/800 sec, f/8, ISO 100).

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Thunderbirds practicing

 

Saturday – First Day Of The Show

The gates opened at 9:00 am and the air show started at 11:00 am. We arrived at the parking area a little before 9:00 am, everything seemed to be very well organized, better than airport security :-). Below is a the new F-35A Lightning II (photo info: 500mm, 1/800 sec, f/8, ISO 200). I felt black & white was the best way to go. This F-35A wasn’t on display, had to use the 500mm lense to capture it.

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F-35A Lightning II

The air show started with the Wings of Blue performance, which included the U.S. flag arrival and national anthem (photo info: 500mm, 1/500 sec, f/8, ISO 100).

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Wings of Blue

In with the new and out with the old. The new F-35A Lightning II (lower jet) and the older F-16 Fighting Falcon (photo info: 500mm, 1/1250 sec, f/8, ISO 200).

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F-16 Fighting Falcon and F-35A Lightning II

Sunday – Last Day Of The Show

Since we missed the Thunderbirds performance on Saturday (we left after the big wind storm on Saturday) we went back to our spot south of the runway on Sunday afternoon. Below is one of the photos from Sunday (photo info: 500mm, 1/3200 sec, f/8, ISO 200).

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Thunderbird Flyby

More Than A Few Photos

Below is a slideshow of several more photos from the show plus the photos above.

Luke Air Force Base Map

Well, all good things must come to a end, and this is the end of our post for Luke Days 2014. Adios!

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Arizona Sonora Desert Museum – Photo Trip

02/23/2014

Arizona Sonora Desert Museum

We have been wanting to go back to the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum for awhile. Last time we were there was in 2012. It was kind of a last minute decision, we had a rental car and decided to put some miles on it. Ended up leaving around 7:00 am, after our quick stop at Starbucks.

Before arriving at the ticket window we were greeted by a magnificent hawk, allowing the close-up capture below (photo info: 500mm, 1/500 sec, f/8, ISO 400).

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A greeter for the Desert Museum.

We decided to get the family annual pass ($75) instead of purchasing two tickets ($39 for two). For Mr. Jimmy it would have only been $17.50 (Seniors). 🙂

Raptor Free Flight – 10:00 am

Each day at 10:00 am & 2:00 pm (thru April 14th this year) they have a Raptor Free Flight live animal presentation. They feature different birds during each show. Below is a Peregrine Falcon from the morning show (photo info: 500mm, 1/2000 sec, f/8, ISO 800).

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The Peregrine Falcon posing for the photographer

Hummingbird Aviary

You can’t miss the Hummingbird Aviary while you are at the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum! Below is very up close capture (photo info: 90mm macro, 1/160 sec, f/8, ISO 800).

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A macro shot from the Hummingbird Aviary

Below is a short video of the hummingbird above.

Raptor Free Flight – 2:00 pm

Below is a Peregrine Falcon from the afternoon show (photo info: 500mm, 1/2000 sec, f/8, ISO 800).

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The Raptor Free Flight from a different view point

 

More Than A Few Photos

Below is a slideshow of several more photos from our trip.

Arizona Sonora Desert Museum Map

Well, all good things must come to a end, and this is the end of our post on our trip to the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum. Adios!

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Los Angeles Day 2 – Photo Trip

12/15/2013

Los Angeles

It’s day 2 of our LA trip. Yesterday the focus was Santa Monica Pier, today it will be the Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Manhattan Beach

We stayed in Manhattan Beach, so took a short trip down to the Manhattan Beach Pier (photo info: 30mm, 1/100 sec, f/9, ISO 100).

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Beautiful morning light on the Manhattan Beach Pier.

A seagull striking a pose (photo info: 500mm, 1/800 sec, f/8, ISO 200).

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A cross legged seagull taking in the sun.

Downtown Los Angeles

Our first destination in Downtown LA will be the Walt Disney Concert Hall. The hall opened in 2003 and seats 2,265 people. It was designed by Frank Gehry. This is our first view of the concert hall after parking our car (photo info: 18mm, 1/1250 sec, f/8, ISO 200).

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Our first view of the Walt Disney Concert Hall.

While capturing photos of the concert hall something else got our attention, the filming of a Volkswagon Beetle commercial. So, we did a little of our own filming.

The Grove

The Grove is a retail and entertainment complex in LA. It’s next to the historical Farmers Market. Great place to visit during the holidays (photo info: 50mm, 1/1000 sec, f/7.1, ISO 200).

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A nice Christmas display at The Grove.

One of the many attractions you may see while at The Grove (photo info: 180mm, 1/200 sec, f/6.3, ISO 400).

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A very popular pet at The Grove.

A Few More Photos

Below is a slideshow of several more photos from our trip.

Well, all good things must come to a end, and this is the end of our post for our trip to the City of Angels. Adios!

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Los Angeles Day 1 – Photo Trip

12/14/2013

Los Angeles

Had to drive to LA for business, so decided to leave a day early and capture some photos. Had two places we wanted to visit while in the City of Angels, Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Santa Monica Pier. After that anywhere else we visted would be by chance.

Exposition Park

This wasn’t on our list, I guess it kind of found us. We got off the 10 freeway around Downtown Los Angeles.  After driving around downtown we decided to make a stop at the Exposition Park. The Exposition Park includes the Science Center, home of the Endeavour Space Shuttle (photo info: 11mm, 1/40 sec, f/5.6, ISO 800).

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Space Shuttle Endeavour located in the California Science Center.

 

Exposition Park also includes the Los Angeles Coliseum & Sport Arena. The Coliseum is the first statdium to have hosted the Olympic Games twice, in 1932 and 1984. Construction on the Coliseum was started in 1921 and was completed in 1923. What drew me to the image below was the artwork inside the arch  (photo info: 11mm, 1/250 sec, f/11, ISO 200). We were luck enough to be there when gates to the stadium were open.

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View of the entrance to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

Santa Monica Pier

After leaving the Exposition Park it seems like a good idea to head toward Santa Monica instead of going to our hotel. Time goes fast when you are having fun. Our drive wasn’t the most direct route, but it was scenic (drove thru Hollywood)! Due to the traffic, we almost got to the beach too late. Below is a photo shortly after we got there (photo info: 250mm, 1/5000 sec, f/11, ISO 200).

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An end of the day at the beach silhouette.

This is the image I envisioned of the pier before making our trip to LA, with the added bonus of the Xmas tree (photo info: 45mm, 1/13 sec, f/6.3, ISO 400).

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The famous Santa Monica Pier at night during the holidays.

A Few More Photos

Below is a slideshow of several more photos from our trip.

Well, all good things must come to a end, and this is the end of our post for day one of our trip to the City of Angels. Adios!

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Canyon De Chelly – Photo Trip

11/27/2013 – 11/30/2013

Canyon De Chelly

Have been wanting to go to Canyon De Chelly National Monument for awhile. Going over the Thanksgiving weekend was a last minute decision. We ended up leaving after work on Wednesday afternoon. First stop was Sedona.

Sedona

We checked into the Sky Ranch Lodge on Wednesday night after having dinner at Elote, our favorite restaurant in Sedona. The photo below was from Thanksgiving morning on our drive down Airport Road in search of coffee and bagels (photo info: 500mm, 1/1000 sec, f/8, ISO 800).

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Waiting For The Sun Silhouette

 

Drive To Chinle

To get to Chinle from Sedona we drove thru Flagstaff, then east to Winslow. From Winslow we took highway 87 north to highway 264, then north on highway 191 to Chinle. The photo below was from the Little Painted Desert just north of Winslow off of highway 87  (photo info: 50mm, 1/80 sec, f/16, ISO 100).

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North of Winslow looking Southwest of highway 87.

 

Chinle – Canyon De Chelly

The name Chinle in Navajo means “flowing out”, coming from the water flowing out of Canyon de Chelly. Chinle is in Apache County. The photo below of the White House Ruin was captured from the White House Overlook (photo info: 50mm, 1/60 sec, f/8, ISO 200). The White House Ruin takes its name from the white plaster used to coat the long back wall in the upper dwelling. The White House Ruin Trail is the only access to the canyon floor that doesn’t require a park ranger or an authorized Navajo guide. The foggy sky in several of the photos below was like  having a giant softbox over the sun.

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View of the White House during a foggy visit.

The photo below is from the Sliding House Overlook looking down on the canyon floor (photo info: 11mm, 1/20 sec, f/11, ISO 200).

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View from Sliding House Overlook.

This was the highlight of our trip, viewing Spider Rock (photo info: 12mm, 1/8 sec, f/13, ISO 400). Once we approached  the overlook for Spider Rock the fog disappeared. The elevation for the Spider Rock Overlook is 6871 ft (2094m), the highest overlook on the South Rim Drive.

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A view of Spider Rock as the sun is setting.

We got up before dawn on Friday morning. The reason, to get to Spider Rock before sunrise. It was dark, cold and foggy! The fog did lift before we got to Spider Rock (photo info: 11mm, 1/16 sec, f/16, ISO 200).

Early Light Spider Rock

Holbrook

We departed Canyon De Chelly Friday afternoon, driving thru the fog. Next stop, the Globetrotter Lodge (928-297-0158) located on part of the original Route 66 in Holbrook. We found out about the Globetrotter Lodge from an Arizona Highways article. We would also recommend Romo’s Restaurant, which is just down the road from the Globetrotter Lodge.

 

The Drive Back Home

We departed Holbrook on Saturday morning, taking highway 377 south toward Heber. The panorama below is from highway 377 south of Holbrook, and yes that is more fog you see in the distance (photo info: 18mm, 1/160 sec, f/10, ISO 400)! From Heber we took 260 east to Payson, stopping at Woods Canyon Lake.

Fog On The Horizon

A Few More Photos

Below is a slideshow of several more photos from our trip.

Chinle Map

Well, all good things must come to a end, and this is the end of our post on our trip to Canyon De Chelly. Adios!

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Sedona Fall Color – Photo Trip

10/26/2013

Sedona Fall Color

We decided to get up early and take a trip to Sedona to see some of the fall color. After leaving the house in darkness, we made a stop at Starbucks, then headed toward the I-17.

View From Oak Creek Footbridge

This is one of my favorite places to capture images of Oak Creek. It’s from the footbridge across from Tlaquepaque. The photo below shows a little Sedona fall color (photo info: 13mm, 1/25 sec, f/10, ISO 200). In the distance is Steamboat and Wilson Mountain.

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A view of Steamboat and Wilson Mountain in the distance.

Midgley Bridge

Cannot go to Sedona without stopping to see Midgley Bridge (photo info: 26mm, 1/200 sec, f/13, ISO 200). Midgley Bridge is just north of Sedona on Highway 89A on the way to Oak Creek Canyon.

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A view of fall color in Oak Creek Canyon under Midgley Bridge.

Oak Creek Canyon

Well, it looks like we spent too much time at the above locations. By the time we got to West Fork, the parking lot was full. 🙁 So, we drove back toward Sedona looking for other interesting locations along Oak Creek Canyon. Below is one of the locations (photo info: 18mm, 1/20 sec, f/7.1, ISO 200). We were lucky enough to catch a fly fisherman in action.

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Fly fishing in Oak Creek Canyon.

A macro shot of a stunning white flower (photo info: 90mm macro, 1/250 sec, f/18, ISO 200).

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A macro shot of a white flower.

Stopped to purchase apples and spotted the colorful scene below (photo info: 18mm, 1/80 sec, f/13, ISO 200).

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Fall color coming to Oak Creek Canyon.

Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village

One of the many works of art at Tlaquepaque (photo info: 210mm, 1/160 sec, f/6.3, ISO 100). This is one that caught my eye.

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One of the many pieces of art at Tlaquepaque.

Well, all good things must come to a end, and this is the end of our post from our Sedona Fall Color trip. Adios!

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Gringo In Nicaragua, Part 7 – Photo Trip And More

10/01/2013 – 10/16/2013

This post is a collection of photos from our trip as a whole, with Street Photography as the theme. Hope you enjoy it!

Nicaragua Street Photography

Most of the houses don’t look the best from the street. They seem to instead create their own world inside. Below is an example of what you may see behind the wall.  (photo info: 18mm, 1/125 sec, f/11, ISO 400).

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View inside the fence of a house in Esteli.

A street mural of Che Guevara near the center of town in Esteli (photo info: 18mm, 1/80 sec, f/14, ISO 400).

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A wall mural of Che Guevara.

The reflection of the mural with Che on the window of a nearby car (photo info: 50mm, 1/100 sec, f/7.1, ISO 400).

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A reflection of a wall mural of Che Guevara.

A street in Leon with the Momotombo Volcano in the distance (photo info: 18mm, 1/100 sec, f/13, ISO 100).

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A street view from the city of Leon, with the Momotombo Volcano in the distance.

We stopped at a cigar making factory (Tabacalera Ariel) while walking in Esteli. Below is a photo of one of the workstations (photo info: 18mm, 1/40 sec, f/4.5, ISO 1600). The land around Esteli is known for growing some of the best tobacco for cigars in the world. Esteli became a refuge for Cuban cigar makers after the Cuban Revolution in 1959.

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A lady applying the finishing touches to a cigar.

 

A video of a newspaper street vendor on bicycle.

A view from our airplane after taking off from Managua (photo info: 28mm, 1/400 sec, f/10, ISO 200).  The small volcano is Momotombito, the larger one is Momotombo. Momotombito is located in Lake Managua.

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A view of Volcanoes Momotombo & Momotombito from our plane.

 

Additional Street Photography Photos From Nicaragua

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Well, all good things must come to a end, and this is the last of our posts from our trip to Nicaragua. Adios!

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Gringo In Nicaragua, Part 6 – Photo Trip And More

10/13/2013

It’s still Sunday, and it’s time to continue our adventure. Driving from El Sauce to Leon. The town of Leon is located near the Pacific Ocean. Leon is also the 2nd largest city in Nicaragua.

Our Trip To Leon Nicaragua

Leon is a city full of history. The original city of Leon was located on the slopes of Volcano Momotombo, until the volcano reduced the city to rubble in 1610. Leon is also full of churches, below is a photo of the Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption of Leon  (photo info: 18mm, 1/320 sec, f/10, ISO 200). If you lean in close you can hear the roar of the loin. The cathedral is one of the largest in Central America.

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One of the loins outside the cathedral.

This is a side view of the Basilica Catedral de la Asuncion (photo info: 11mm, 1/60 sec, f/13, ISO 100).

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A side view of the Basilica Cathedral de la Asuncion including a famous model that just happened to be passing by. 🙂

The Cathedral looks to be in the middle of a restoration project. If you look close at the top portion of the cathedral you can see how it looks nice white and new  (photo info: 12mm, 1/400 sec, f/13, ISO 100)..

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A frontal view of the Cathedral Leon.

This is from the inside of the Basillica Catedral da la Asuncion (photo info: 11mm, 1/60 sec, f/13, ISO 100). When I created this photo I new it had to be in black & white. The cathedral also contains the tomb of Ruben Dario, a famous poet from Nicaragua.

Arches Of The Cathedral

This a  photo of the Virgin Mary that is on the top of the Cathedral (photo info: 250mm, 1/320 sec, f/10, ISO 200). Even got to include la luna (the moon) in the photo!

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The Virgin Maria statue on the top of the Besilica Catedral de Leon.

The Colegio La Asuncion (photo info: 15mm, 1/125 sec, f/13, ISO 100). The Colegio La Asuncion is right next to the  Basillica Cathedral da la Asuncion.

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Looking up at the Colegio La Asuncion in Leon Nicaragua.

Leon is located in the Maribois Volcanic Chain, one of the most active volcanic areas in the world.  Below is a photo of the Telica Volcano taken from the highway heading back to Esteli from Leon (photo info: 100mm, 1/60 sec, f/11, ISO 200).

The Volcano Sleeps

Well, all good things must come to a end, and this is the end of our post for part 6 of our trip to Nicaragua. Adios!

Stay tuned for Part 7, which will feature a collection of street photography from Nicaragua.

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