Floating island at Lake Titicaca

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Comments (17)

Marilyn Whiteley on May 5, 2008

I'll be away at a lodge in the Ecuadorean rain forest for several days, and it has no internet! I should be back on line on the 9th, and I hope I'll have some interesting photos.

Lecleire Jacques on May 5, 2008

Hey Marilyn beautiful picture and i hope you bring lot of nice pictures with you. Have a nice trip in the Ecuadorean rain forest.

My best regards, Jacques

pier luigi baglioni on May 6, 2008

Stupendous photos ethnic origin. Congratulations on the wonderful journey!

Eva Kaprinay on May 6, 2008

NICE :-)

Wallace Rivera on May 6, 2008

This is a beautiful shot, a perfect photo. ")

Syl de Canada on May 6, 2008

Hello Marilyn Beautiful picture! Have a great time in the Ecuadorean rain forest and bring back a lot of pictures. Take care, cheers Sylvie

Marilyn Whiteley on May 6, 2008

Thanks, all of you. I feel lucky to have this shot and a couple others I may post after we get home. I realized when I saw the surface of the floating island and the way our boat pulled up beside it that I was not going to be able to disembark and walk around on the spongy surface. Fortuately there were great photo opportunities right from the boat!

Unfortunately I had a relapse and will miss out on the rainforest experience. Seen one rainforest, seen ´em all ... Not true. But I´d always had concerns about how my bad knee would manage in the canoes that get you there and back, and how much it would let me do while there. It´s a place for the young and fit, and our youngest and fittest couple will enjoy it.

Hugh and I are staying two extra nights in Quito, then one night at a spa hotel two hours away where one son and daughter-in-law are staying because she is pregnant and couldn´t have the yellow fever shot required for returning from the Amazon basin. Such is life, and we have to take advantage of what´s possible.

Daniela Brocca on May 6, 2008

Such is life...the last sentence said it all.I'm sure you 'll find something in Quito you wouldn't have tought of and be very fine.Kisses,Daniela

Hank Waxman on May 6, 2008

Hi Marilyn; sorry to hear about your knee. I know the feeling. I like the way the vertical lines of the grass surrounding the hut match the movement of the thatch in the hut itself. Like the people, the hut seems to have sprung from the surrounding marsh.

Best regards,


Marilyn Whiteley on May 6, 2008

Thanks, Daniela, for your good wishes. I´m feeling much better this evening.

And thanks, Hank, for your comment. Yes, there certainly was a unity/harmony to the island village. Mostly I can live with the knee, but it sometimes prevents me from doing things like follwing your trails in Arches N P, or Daniela´s venture several years ago onto one of these islands.

Cheers, Marilyn

ai savery on May 6, 2008

A wonderful image that speaks so many words about their unique folkart, skill and way of life. Beautiful woven shapes in the dwelling and the boats - so sculptural - and you've caught wonderfully how they use the materials at hand. I'm so sorry to hear about your knee setback, Marilyn, and hope you are able to baby it as you go. I know it won't stop you from taking pics ;) - but you may stop it from healing.. Best, alicia

Ahmet poçanoğlu on May 7, 2008

çok güzel selam.

©junebug on May 8, 2008

What an amazing place and a wonderful picture, Marilyn! Really a great shot! I do hope your knee will soon be all right again! Greetings, Anne

▲artwall on May 21, 2008

Great moment for you, Marilyn! Very emotional meet! Greetings

Marilyn Whiteley on May 28, 2008

Thank you, Alicia, ahmeth, Anne, and artwall for visiting this very special place with me.


Kemal Batur on March 4, 2009

very good picture. greetings from İstanbul...

Marilyn Whiteley on March 29, 2009

Thank you, kemalbatur, and greetings from Canada.

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on May 5, 2008
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    by Marilyn Whiteley
    • Taken on 2008/05/03 08:03:45
    • Exposure: 0.005s (1/200)
    • Focal Length: 17.12mm
    • F/Stop: f/5.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO50
    • Exposure Bias: -0.30 EV
    • No flash