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Have we really been in Ecuador for three weeks? In some ways it feels like three days; in others, three months. We spent the bulk of the past one in Quito taking advantage of great internet and catching up on work — and torrential downpours played along by allowing us to spend the days indoors guilt-free. Eventually we caught a bus to Mindo and soaked up every possible minute of this beautiful nature-lover’s playground.

In some ways Ecuador has felt quite dream-like (I’ve really been here for three weeks?), as we’ve dedicated a lot of time here trying to figure out what comes next — Anders looking for a summer diving job before starting a degree in the fall and me trying to figure out my next major moves. Much has changed since I last made a big travel plans announcement, and I hope to share a peek behind the scenes sometime this week.

In the meantime, onto the Photo of the Week candidates!

Photo A
Colonial Quito

Photo B
Beautiful butterflies in Mindo

Photo C
Wild orchids by magnifying glass

Photo D
Finding patterns… nature is the best designer

Photo E
We probably saw over one hundred hummingbirds in Mindo!

Which photo is your favorite? And can you tell which one was taken with my iPhone?

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23 Comments...
  • Steve
    January 12 2014

    I am choosing B because it is so colourful.
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    • Meihoukai
      January 12 2014

      Thanks Steve! And guess what… that’s the one I took with my iPhone 🙂

  • Jade
    January 12 2014

    Photo E., I LOVE hummingbirds! They are so fragile looking, yet so powerful! And beautiful of course.

    • Meihoukai
      January 12 2014

      Girl, if you love hummingbirds you’ve got to get to Mindo! I saw millions! Okay, slight exaggeration, but perhaps 30-40!

  • Dad
    January 12 2014

    As usual tough choices. But I think B because of the color, which I have never seen on a butterfly before, and the all-natural setting.

    • Meihoukai
      January 12 2014

      Funny enough while we went to an excellent butterfly garden (and watched butterflies be born!) that one was taken with my iPhone on the side of the road. Ha.

  • Gaelyn
    January 12 2014

    Has to be D, I love the patterns of nature. Wondering where you’re off to next.
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  • Chris
    January 12 2014

    nice snap of the humming bird
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    • Meihoukai
      January 13 2014

      Thanks Chris! Those buggers are not easy to photograph 🙂

  • Stephen
    January 13 2014

    B because of the symmetry of the butterfly and the flower
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    • Meihoukai
      January 13 2014

      I love when you guys tell me why 🙂 Thanks Stephen!

  • Stef
    January 13 2014

    I’m choosing photo E this week!
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    • Meihoukai
      January 13 2014

      I have many more hummingbird pictures coming your way, Stef 🙂

  • Grama
    January 13 2014

    B is sooooooooooobeautiful!!!!!!!!

    • Meihoukai
      January 13 2014

      Thanks gram! I knew you’d love the “mariposas” as they are called in Spanish!

  • becky hutner
    January 13 2014

    C for creativity, A for the unique angle & for managing to get that flock of birds in just the right spot in the frame.
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    • Meihoukai
      January 13 2014

      Thanks Becky! Those pigeons were a stroke of pure luck.

  • Jimmy Dau
    January 13 2014

    Love Quito especially riding around on bikes on the Sunday. Are you going to the Galapagos?
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    • Meihoukai
      January 13 2014

      Sadly not on this trip. I’ll definitely be back to Ecuador someday to see them!

  • Rachel of Hippie in Heels
    January 14 2014

    i like D! do you have one of those phone accessory lenses? i’ve debated getting an olloclip but it won’t fit with my otterbox- and i’m too clumsy for no case!
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    • Meihoukai
      January 15 2014

      Nope! Nothing but the iPhone. I would never go case-less either! I switch between a waterproof Incipio case and one of the battery-boosting ones.

  • Cat
    January 15 2014

    I’m going to be a little different and go with A. Hard to describe why but I’ll try. I feel like it gives a good idea of what the space is like and it’s as if I just suddenly turned my head to look up at the birds flying. Typically I don’t like photos that aren’t straightened properly (in the center of the image) but I noticed the building is actually straightened, it’s just on the right side of the image instead of the typical center. Anyway, that was an attempt to answer why but in general I just like photo A. 🙂

    • Meihoukai
      January 17 2014

      I know how you feel — the first thing I do to 99.9% of my photos is straighten the horizon line 🙂 Every once in a while there is a creative exception!