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A Ship on the Horizon – Barbados

A Ship on the Horizon – Barbados:

This boat was right in front of us when we were about to take a submarine in Barbados, caught my attention as the rain was coming from the left, and the rays of the sun were falling on the boat, which cut the picture in the before and after the storm.

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Panoramic Photography Paris 2011

These photographs were taken on a trip to Paris in September and October 2011, to celebrate my honeymoon and attend an invitation to exhibit with other artists in a performance two photo-music-poetry called Immortal Soul.

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Cloud Falls

Cesar Quijada Cascada de Nubes Caracas Panoramic

One of the most evocative views that may be, is that which is from the top of the mountain area in which it is located. Particularly in the morning, at sunrise, you can see the different shades as a palette of a painter stained the Caracas sky. The town declared a parish in 1987, however has a history that goes back much further back in time. Data from the times of the dictatorship of Juan Vicente Gómez, in order to build the dam Maracao.

In view of the need to move the population to undertake the works, ordered displacement of the inhabitants of Antimanoy, Caracaya and Maracao, this floating population was moved to a mountainous location of The Junquito, Shark and Tiburoncito. The Junquito is located 23 kilometers from the road that leads to the city of Caracas, specifically the town of Colonia Tovar. This town, began to fill slowly to the point now counting more than 25 developments, mostly of houses and villas turning this town into a miniature city.

The fact located on a hillside makes people have to go up and down every day to go to Caracas to work everyday. Its privileged view of the Venezuelan Caribbean coast, its perfect weather for much of the year, in addition to their landscapes as may be seen in this panoramic photograph from The Junquito, make it a perfect place as a natural. It is also remarkable, soil fertility that produces vegetables year round. These characteristics, as the shuttle that goes up and down every day to bring people, make El Junquito a landscape of a private local color.

It is famous that the conquistadors arrive in America, large numbers of Italian immigrants, the legend says, was named the country for its resemblance with the famous lakeside Italian city, as Venezuela, Little Venice-and Portuguese, put the stone angle of many European cultural traditions. Among these latter, instituted in the new colony, the cult image of the Virgin of Fatima. Particularly during the religious festivals of rigor, such as Easter, you can see the richness of the cultural heritage left by Galician, Italian and Portuguese.

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La Llovizna National Park

Among the many attractions of Venezuela, there is a particularly beautiful. Located in Puerto Ordaz, the national park the drizzle, offers a show where an impressive manner the waters enter into communion with the green splendor of tropical vegetation. Within the 160 acres of parkland, it is possible to find different species of plants, trees, gardens, forests, crossed by two paved roads on which it is possible to admire too, diversity of animal species. Its natural environment is always relaxing waterfalls and is preferred by many people who choose to explore its vast expanse.

Because the territory of the park across the tributary of the Caroni River, the waterfalls of this tax source, make its spectacular is an ongoing attraction for tourists and foreign residents in Venezuela. Particularly this kind of tourist natural attractions attract more and more people interested in the benefits of a plan of relaxation, while providing a practical understanding of nature. This seems to be an ideal activity that encourages many institutions, especially education, to raise awareness about the value and beauty of threatened natural resources on the planet.

This nature was restored by the authorities, and given his obvious disrepair, the Government of Bolivar with the National Electricity Corporation, decided to take on the task of renovating and begin regular maintenance to sustain and feasible touristically this beautiful national park of the drizzle. This has given new life to this national natural, sustainable by the natural landscape made by Mother Nature over millions and millions of years.

National Park in the drizzle also has its attractions, a number of huts typical native Indian culture, they are for the rest of passers of the park. In this idyllic natural setting, in addition to providing the powerful water flow falls, it is possible to exercise outdoors, for within the premises have been serving walkers different exercise equipment in some parts of the park. The National Park is one of the drizzle natural attractions of Venezuela, along with other landmarks like the thunder of Zulia or Angel Falls.

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Canaima Sky

Cesar Quijada - The Elements - Air

Canaima Heaven has a fragment of colors in each line of clouds. It looks like the reflection of the waters of Lake Maracaibo, the Atlantic waters between wisps of clouds seem to bring with sirocco iridescent plumage of a peacock. The sky changes colors like a chameleon, dyed green, sky blue and violet. It reflects Arabian waters where so many rivers, says Romulo Gallegos, the earth seems squeezed to give so many pure waters. Hundreds of streams that feed these great waters appear also reflected in the sky.
This sky, piece of Venezuela, has been parading hundreds, thousands of men from the tribes of fierce Caribbean, Spanish troops lost in the thicket of weeds trying to find a clearing in the dense jungle, up the ragged they walked along Bolivarian troops, dressed in what might be found in a ceaseless struggle, rather than against the Spanish enemy, against the forces of nature untamed. The Canaima sky might well tell a long story.
You can not talk Canaima sky, still talk about that novel Romulo Gallegos immense bearing the same name. The waters he says, but also heaven, seems colored by the blood of the rubber that dragged rivers tributary to the ocean. The sky is stained with Canaima Catatumbo lightning in Zulia, Maracaibo lake, feeding infinite launches with thousands of branches which color lights twilight.
That piece of sky Canaima, feeding foam Angel Falls, which also gives it its color. The palette of nature has been kind to this earth. This was in the early nineteenth century, leaving a Europe obsessed with blood and beheadings of Dr. Guillotin, a German named Alexander Von Humboldt. Cumana departed across the Upper Orinoco, watching nature here was more exuberant than in his native Germany. Humboldt, on a summer afternoon, fanning herself with some manuscript surely botany, had to contemplate this Canaima sky, thinking that perhaps nowhere else in the world can see these overtones of light clouds Venezuela only be decomposed, with those color dyes or Boticcelli got.

Cesar Quijada - The Elements - Air
Cesar Quijada – The Elements – Air
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Caracas at Night Panoramic (View from “La Alameda”)

Cesar Quijada Panoramic - Caracas at Night

Caracas expands at night. Its boundaries seem vast points of light shining on the horizon. Concrete blocks that day seem inanimate, light dress as sentinels. Then I take my camera to look your best pose. Caracas has many faces as a beautiful woman. A backlight seems to be different if the shadows bathe. Apparently it will be said that a city as such is something that has no life. Of course, the streets do not change or live, but what happens in them is a reflection of the life of the people, instead it changes everything around.

From the hills, is an immense pool lit with purple color crystal, emerald green tones, gray leaden that loom over the city, touching the concrete and steel angles where thousands of people are staying out of that which lies beyond the walls. Suddenly one can come up with one of these guys who dress hip-hop style, with baggy pants, his visor, his chains, necklaces, her dark glasses, tattoos and hand a can of spray paint.

Like I have a delicate brush in hands, start making lines, curved, concentric, straight, designing an outline, filling it with color. Quickly, because the police can get around any corner, will develop these vast urban fresh in their language called urban art or graffiti. As the story goes, this term comes from ancient Rome, yes, almost two millennia ago, apparently the young rebels, because rebellion has always been synonymous with youth, written with charcoal or graphite, on the walls of the great city Italy. Interesting.

The city will draw their own murals, are left exposed after a new building was inaugurated, an apartment or any corner that looks too white. Light also the city draws its tones as his it were a painting: the alleys can be seen illuminated by phosphorescent neon shades: emerald, blue, red, pink, purple. Is a rainbow artificial gas and glass. The cabinets of supermarkets show everything on the shelves: color, textures, shadows and lights.

If Michelangelo, Leonardo Da Vinci, Titian, Tintoretto, Degas, Touluose-Lautrec, Goya and Andy Warhol, were alive, what might do from the window of the room with a blank canvas in front of them and looking down the night on Caracas?

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Caracas Panoramic (View from Vista Alegre)

Santiago de León de Caracas, es la capital de Venezuela. Con al ambición de conquistar un bastión en tierra firme, Francisco Fajardo, nacido en la Isla Margarita, partió en 1555 y fundó el hato de San Francisco, lugar preciso donde luego había de fundarse Caracas. Diego de Losada, militar y explorador a ordenes del Duque de Benavente, fundó la ciudad en 1568, en el campamento militar donde aguardaban sus tropas mientras ofrecían resistencia a los bravos indígenas.

En el año de 1578, Juan de Pimentel, capitán general y gobernador, se encargó de enviar a España un plano geográfico donde especificaba las características específicas de la ciudad. Esta estructura, que como todas las planificaciones urbanísticas de las nacientes urbes coloniales españolas, se componía de rectángulos divididos a su vez en pequeños cuadrados que formaban manzanas, fue aprobada por su majestad el rey Felipe II de España. Esta forma ortogonal se respetó, y poco a poco, con la migración que venía a estas nuevas tierras y el crecimiento que se derivó de su rápida expansión, se extendió por toda la ciudad de Santiago de León de Caracas.

Dentro de la anécdota heráldica de Caracas, vale la pena citar el simbolismo que llevó a usar el león como símbolo de la ciudad en su escudo de armas. En este animal se representó a los primeros habitantes de la urbe, que con espíritu de sacrificio y resolución de ánimo pudieron llevar a cabo la empresa de constituirse en ciudad. De acuerdo a la cédula real que Felipe II emitió para Caracas en 1591, un león en campo de plata, coronado, y con un la cruz de Santiago en sus brazos es el símbolo de la ciudad.

Caracas además, es la cuna nada menos que de Simón Bolívar. El joven hijo de una familia de mantuanos, con una rica hacienda que la haría una de las más ricas de América, sería criado como un criollo, es decir un hijo de españoles nacidos en tierras americanas. Recibió una esmerada educación militar, diplomática y humanística en Europa, particularmente en Italia y Francia, donde tendría la oportunidad de asistir a la coronación de Napoleón I, como emperador. En Italia, jura romper el yugo con los opresores españoles. Retorna a su patria y organiza un grupo de conjurados para alzarse militarmente contra el monarca español. Caracas, tendría una notable importancia en los sucesos que darían pie a la revolución de abril de 1810, cuando Vicente Emparan, gobernador títere de José I de España, ingresaba se disponía a ingresar a la catedral un jueves santo, siendo abordado por los conjurados que le manifestaron el desconocimiento total a su autoridad, iniciando el grito de independencia en Venezuela.