This past February THEJNSREPORT was blessed with the opportunity to visit our beloved mother in Florida and celebrate her milestone 70th Birthday. What a special blessing it was to see the greatest example in our lives of perseverance, selflessness, sacrifice, discipline, dedication, wisdom, intelligence, love and strength reach her 70th year.
Sitting at her breakfast table eating meals she prepared for us while listening to mom recount moments in life in which God answered prayers and helped her lead our family through some tremendously difficult times left us in awe of the woman we know as our mother. I mean I could have been a total stranger listening to the various stories she had for us from times in our childhood we may or may not have remembered and still would be in awe of her. We were just amazed at how far she came to where she is now and how strong of a person she is to hold our family together.If you are fortunate enough to have your family especially your parents, tell them that you love them and how much they mean to you as often as you can. Save the most precious memories of the times spent together to reminisce on as time goes by. We love you mom and are so grateful to God that he gave us you as our mother. Long live the Queen!
Welcome to THEJNSREPORT’S: Vacation 2016: Scenes from Ecuado & Chile
So while we were away I thought it a great idea to capture and share some of the images and experiences had on vacation in both Countries. The above was taken at the beach in Manta, Ecuador. Plenty of people were out to soak up the sun and play in the sand.to Manta is probably the best city visited in Ecuador during our stay. The energy is a mixed one with every day people enjoying the beach city environment. While there certainly is more to Manta than the beach. The beach here is probably the first reason to visit Manta.Green Coconuts for sale and consumption right on the beach where they chop it open and supply a straw. La Policia stroll the beach. Kids playing in the sand.Looking out to the beach from inside a restaurant while having a Pilsner Light is what it is right now.
Plenty of public displays of art can be found walking the streets of Manta. Even the trees become part of the mural scene above.These birds are all around the shore line and beach front. Flying high and swooping in and out down and around and all about making for awesome shots like the one pictured above. The sculpt work here is beyond impressive! Last time I was here they did Giant Hippos.
I took this as we approached the Beach. To me looked like a shot worthy of making a classic Black & White.I like this for the simple phrase think Big.Driving through the various towns from Manta through Porto Viejo yields some colorful scenes.Looks like it could be a portal in some version of Mortal Kombat.Yes they do go to church at night.
This is the Angel de Porto Viejo.
Check out this barren Ceiba tree. I shot this while in a moving vehicle so it wasn’t the easiest shot to capture.
Below are some shots from various parts of Chile.
The Chilean Flag All over the streets of Santiago and other cities I encountered pretty cool public art displays from murals to graffiti images.I was surprised to see so much graffiti and art work on the walls along the streets of Santiago. No doubt about it art, graffiti, self expression is universal.Here’s another cool public display of art I came across in Chile.As I kid I wished I could draw this well. The detail is sick!!!See what I mean they just keep on coming.Here’s another pretty cool looking P.A.D.What’s that in the distance? Can you see him?This P.A.D I shot in front of a subway station in the center of Santiago.This was also near to the other mural at the entrance to the subway.This lamp was shot inside of one of Santiago’s best restaurants Eladios.Tiramisu Pizzeria Chile is an absolute instant favorite of mine for their cocktails and pizza alone period end of story.My second cocktail was my favorite of the day. Tiramisu’s Raspberry Mojito aka The Framboise Mojito
Tell me that right isn’t talking to your spirit right about now. Mmmm Mmm Son!!!
And then there was the Pizza…Absolutely F’ N Bueno!!!
The Costanera Torre 2 aka Gran Torre Santiago. Chile’s answer to the Freedom Tower. Absolutely stunning building to see in person inside and out.
Notice anything striking in this photo? Tell me what you see in this photo and what you don’t see as opposed to NYC’s transit system. There are tons more shots I have from this awesome trip. I hope you enjoyed this little peak at the wonderful experience had in Latin America. Thank you to our hosts in both Ecuador & Chile.
Welcome to THEJNSREPORT’S: Battery Place Image GalleryThis past week has been a busy one with a lot of change, a lot of work, and the daily hustle of living in NYC. Monday evening while strolling around Battery Park City I shot the following.Now this is how you design a water fountain. I always liked the infinity edge look of water fountains and pools.Water Fountain frozen still.Rounding the corner near the Museum of Jewish Heritage.This pigeon I thought from this vantage point looked injured based on how it lay sprawling wide.From here I realized nope not injured just fat. LOL It’s definitely enjoying soaking up the afternoon sun.That’s the look of a confident and comfortable bird. Giving us side eye.
In this shot it’s giving us its best side. “Get my left side”. After walking around the bend and heading south from the building. I came across flowers growing along the pathway that were interesting subjects to shoot.I wish I knew the names of the unique flowers I come across. I’m still learning the names of the wide range of flowers I’ve come to familiarize myself with this past year. What a surprise to see that this same species of Hydrangea grows in mom’s garden. Seeing it here in Battery Park City I didn’t expect. It’s an absolutely gorgeous color combination not to mention the design of this flower.
I don’t know what you call these either but I found them interesting. I wish they had name and species and the biological information on a sign next to them so you could learn what the name of the flower is and it’s properties.This beautiful flower reminds me of decoration I’d see on a birthday cake. Looks good enough to eat!This is an absolutely stunning flower. Definitely makes me think of Spring when I look at it.These look like some kind of lilac but I’m not sure.II find this shot very peaceful. Nature in harmony.And what’s your name?Battery PlaceFrom here it looks like a long walk to “Freedom”.It’s nice to know where one stands.It’s really amazing to see all the construction projects going on throughout the city. My question is whose going to be able to afford to live in these new buildings?The good old West Side Highway.I don’t know why but ever since the completed construction of One World Trade Building aka “The Freedom Tower” I’ve found myself on off days down around “Ground Zero” taking in the lasting impact of what happened on September 11, 2001.The scene appears to be not too busy for an afternoon way downtown.More construction going on.Here’s a shot I took at the Southern Reflection Pool..Landscape Reflection Pool
The sky was a bit cloudy at this point and set the tone and mood for this shot which is still pretty cool I think. And with that we’ve come to the end of my photo tour. Hope you enjoyed.
Here’s to wishing everyone a Happy Post Valentines Day!!!
Thanks everyone for all of the feedback and sharing respective viewpoints on last week’s post on Keeping or Ditching NYC’s Horse & Carriage Industry. I certainly learned a lot that I hadn’t known before with regards to horses and the industry.
This post is dedicated to my love and his mother who passed away early in the morning on New Years day this year.
Mothers are everything to their children. This is especially true for sons whom Mother is our whole world. Mother is who brought us into this world, who carried us inside her womb for nine months, who loved us unconditionally, who nurtured our growth from a little boy all the way through to manhood.
The pain of this particular loss is something having witnessed through my loves eyes first hand, I know while it is inevitable, it’s not something you can prepare for, or ever want to come to fruition.
Our hearts are heavy and we grieve your loss. R.I.P beautiful Lady, Madre, Hermana, Abuela, Tia, Queen Sra. Manuela Clementina Pilozo Rengifo.
Know that the legacy you’ve left behind is a great and everlasting one. We all miss you terribly and only take comfort in knowing that you are with God, that you are happy, and that you are at peace. We look forward to seeing you again one day in Heaven. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and the entire family.Juan Gabriel’s Amor Eterno 🙂All images are copyright property of http://www.thejnsreport.com (c) 2015
Is it truly a sign of the times? Or is it something more? Within a several week span we now have yet another murder of an unarmed black male at the hands of the police this time down south.
It appears there is a competition ongoing between the Northern and Southern states to see who can kill as many black males as possible and get away with it.
Both the deaths of Eric Garner and now Michael Brown Jr at the hands of the police occurred in broad daylight. No rioting occurred after Trayvon Martin’s killer George Zimmerman was set free to kill again.
No rioting occurred after the murder of Jordan Davis and his killer Michael Dunn found guilty of 3 counts of attempted murder due to the survival of his friends.
If he (Dunn) wasn’t charged with attempted murder he too would be free under the same “Stand your ground” self defense claim.
The precedent was set. All one has to do to justify murder is blame the victim and claim fear of imminent great bodily harm. Everyone ignored the fact that a grown man murdered a teenager because the teenager was black and claimed he was “afraid”.
The media has helped to portray and perpetuate this notion that black men are something less than human and worthy of being feared like big game animals in the wilds of Africa.
No rioting took place in the immediate after math of Eric Garner being strangled/choked to death in broad day light by police either.
Instead calls for calm and investigations were at the forefront. Talk of the victim’s arrest record were used as a red-herring to what actually happened.
Eric Garner’s body was left handcuffed even as he lay dead on the sidewalk after saying at least 10 times he couldn’t breathe. He was left handcuffed even as an “EMT” attempted (and I use that word loosely) to check for a pulse.
The latest killing of unarmed teenager Michael Brown Jr. has sparked riots down south according to news reports and to me this should be expected, because open season has been declared on black people but especially black men.
Modern day lynchings are happening in broad day light. Our lives are mere trifles and after-thoughts to the police patrolling our neighborhoods and cities.
There is little to no faith/ trust left for many of us in the justice system because too often the system has failed us and let murderers of our people walk free to receive congratulations and pats on the back.
How can you expect peace if there is no justice? Too many of us are dying unarmed and for no reason. It’s like an older gentleman once told me. We hope for the best but expect the worst.
Growing up as a kid when I was picked on in school I only found that I was respected and left alone when I stood up for myself and fought back against my attackers.
This was and is my code. I held true to that code even as I was labeled as the problem child and blamed for my being bullied.
Bullies fear when the bullied stand up and say no more! Bullies are punks and cowards and only pick fights with those who they perceive can’t or won’t fight back.
We’ll have progress and real dialogue when the same thing starts to happen to cops at an alarming rate.
We’ll have calls for calm and stop the killing of unarmed citizens when it’s not just black teens, men and women being killed and forgotten about. It’s the way of the world.