Well, in the spirit of writing something new, I just came across an article by Jeff Revell titled “10 Things I want to Photograph before I die”, and with that in mind, I figured I create a similar list (so I guess I won’t be writing anything new), but instead of going global with the ten things I want to shoot in the world, I will do it more location specific (10 things in the U.S., 10 things in Venezuela, 10 things in Japan, etc.).
So here’s my first entry, I’ll try to keep it up to ten, but I make no promises, this time it will be about the land that gave me birth, so “10 Things I would like to photograph in Venezuela” (Disclaimer: None, and I repeat NOT ONE of these pictures are mine, I used Google and msn searches to find matching pictures)
La Gran Sabana
Been there, didn’t do that, I went to the sabanas when I was 11 or 12 years old, and my mom brought her Olympus film camera, and even though I tried, I didn’t get any really striking shots, I would like to go back and fix that little problem with my digital camera.
At the border with Brazil, Santa Elena de Guairen is close to all the mayor things to watch in Bolivar (Tepuis, Pemon Tribes, Rivers, etc.), and I think (don’t quote me on this one) is pretty darn close (in airplane) to the Angel Falls, which is another thing I want to photograph.
And to add, we visited Santa Elena de Guairen in our way to El Pauji, on our trip to the Gran Sabana, So I definitively want to go back to El Pauji, and take some pictures there too.
When I think of Margarita, I think about home, love, friends and freedom. I lived in the island for 5 or 6 years, and never got into photography (basically just surfing and trying [and failing] to be cool for the ladies), with many castles, one of the oldest churches in Venezuela and forts put by the Spaniards when Venezuela was still a Spanish colony, plus natural points such as mountains, sunsets in Juan Griego, and the many beaches, Margarita is another place I would like to visit with only my camera and shoot away.
With all the historical places, people, night life, museums, parks and demonstrations (pacific and not so pacific), Caracas is not only the main city in Venezuela, but a very fast paced location to encounter some of the best pictures in the country.
The mighty Orinoco, a beautiful location I’d always wanted to visit, and now off course, I also want to shoot it.
Venezuelan cowboys, incredible landscapes and flora and fauna unique to this areas, makes the Llanos an area rich in photo opportunities (Plus, my family on my dad’s side are from the Llanos, and if I go to Altagracia and take pictures, but don’t do the same for them, they’ll kick my silly behind).
Altagracia de Orituco/Guatopo National Park
My family (on my mother’s side), is from Altagracia; and Guatopo is a national park in the way from Caracas to Altagracia (tropical rainforest), there are a lot of waterfalls, rivers, ponds, and flora and fauna to photograph for a lifetime, and once in Altagracia, there are a lot of family history related places I would love to photograph for the family records.
With Mochima (a national park), Sucre offers one of the nicest areas for underwater photography in Venezuela (I’m not saying is the only one), also, there are natural (caves, flora and fauna), and historical (Churches, Castles, Forts) opportunities throughout the state to get nice pictures
A surfing Paradise for all Venezuelans, Cuyagua is a beautiful location that offers sandy beaches, waves and sport shooting on one side; and nature, rivers, waterfalls, etc on the other (Thanks to the Henri Pittier National Park). And let’s face it, there are chicks in bikini in this location (come on, go ahead and Google Cuyagua, I’ll wait here) J
Morrocoy National Park
No better place to photograph sea birds (seagulls, Flamingos, etc.), fishes, Caimans, and some very nice caves (with petroglyphs), This is another favorite place where we used to go at least once a year to help with birds and Caiman population counting, cause my mom used to work for FUDENA (Fundacion para la Defensa de la Naturalez = Foundation for Nature Defense [Partners with WWF]), another one of those places that I didn’t get the chance to shoot, but I will definitively go back and make another group of memories.
From Discover Venezuela:
”Even though this region is predominantly dry, the vegetation is diverse with several species of fern found here. The most common trees are mangroves and sea grape. In Mount Chichiriviche’s semi-deciduous forest you can find howler monkeys, matacan deer, crab-eating foxes, opossums, and pacas. Eighty percent of Venezuela’s hundreds of species of birds are represented in El Parque Nacional Morrocoy. Among these you will see flocks of scarlet ibises, pink flamingos, frigate birds, terns, lapwings, ducks, great blue and white herons, plovers, various hawks, vultures, boobies, and pelicans.
Of anthropological significance, gouged into Mount Chichiriviche is a 250-foot sinkhole named “the Cave of the Indian,” with petroglyphs dating to 3400 B.C. – the mysterious beckoning of a people called the Caquetios.
In another nearby cave you’ll find dozens of tiny statues of the Virgin del Valle, patron saint of Venezuela’s fishermen, and other saints adorning its pockmarked walls. Here and there are you will also see offerings or photos of loved ones. Each July, the Cave of the Virgin – formally known as the Maritime Sanctuary of Our Lady Mother of the Rock – hosts a procession of fishing boats that have been blessed by the local bishop. “
If you made it this far, thank you very much for reading, my next post will be about 10 locations here in the U.S.
Have a wonderful week.