Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Photo of the Day: Independence Day, Buenos Aires, Argentina

At the celebrations at el Obilisco, avenida 9 de Julio, Buenos Aires, Argentina (photo by Luis Bastardo) 

On May 25, 2010, Argentina celebrated its Bicentennial, the 200th anniversary of the first truly Argentine government. The date commemorates when Argentinians gathered together in the May Revolution (la Revolución de Mayo) and decided to oust the Spanish rulers, replacing them with la Primera Junta, the first national government.

 We were living in Buenos Aires at the time and parties and celebrations started months ahead of the official date. It all exploded (well, in the cultured way of Argentinians, meaning symphony concerts, elaborate wine-drenched parilla grilled steak dinners and tasteful firework displays and parades) on the actual anniversary. It was an unseasonably warm and sunny autumn day (since Argentina lies in the Southern Hemisphere, the seasons are the reverse of the Northern Hemisphere), and the crowds were out in full force. Luis captured the moment when this young girl decided to shield herself from the light, heat and crowds with the Argentine Flag, an unintentionally dramatic and patriotic action on her part.   

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Travel Photo of the Day: Snoqualmie Falls, Fall City, Wa, USA

Snoqualmie Falls in the Snow, Fall City, WA, USA (photo by Simone Cannon) 

This week in Puget Sound, we had the first snowfall of 2012 and so decided to drive down to Snoqualmie Falls to see the winter wonderland with our friend, Elyse, who was visiting from the other Washington (D.C.) For those of you old enough to remember, the falls were the setting for the popular 1980's TV show, Twin Peaks, and they are still one of the most popular tourist destinations in Washington with 1.5 million visitors a year. The tall cascades are spectacular, the highest in Washington State and just as beautiful in the winter as in the summer.

I snapped this shot from one of the few overviews still open in the winter and decided to send it to NWCN local news, who added it to their newscast and showed it every half  hour for the rest of the 15 minutes (or so) of fame! Sitting (quite literally) over the falls, is the lovely, cozy Salish Lodge, a popular romantic weekend getaway for local couples. The falls also serves Puget Sound Energy, providing electricity to area residents. Washington's Snoqualmie Tribe considers the site of the falls sacred and central to their belief system; the falls traditionally served as a burial site where prayers were carried to the Great Creator via the waterfall's ethereal mists.