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Bogota, Colombia

La Quinta de Bolivar was Simon Bolivar's vacation home. It was given to him as a present by the Colombian government in 1821, 11 years after independence "como una pequeña demostración de gratitud y reconocimiento en que se halla constituido este Departamento de Cundinamarca por tan inmensos beneficios de que lo ha colmado Su Excelencia, restituyéndole su libertad"

 

It has been nicely restored and made into a museum. Well worth the 1-2 hour visit. A free and very good guided tour is available (inquire for hours).

 

The little "stones" on the floor are the vertebrae of the cattle slaughtered on the premises.

 

Shot on my little Gorilla tripod from the steps to the entrance of the house. It was a somewhat grey day, and I was shooting into the sun. Shot my standard -2/0/+2 shots and tonemapped in Photomatix 4 beta,which got me some detail on the background trees as well as the texture on the stones. Used Nik Color Efex Pro Contrast to liven it a bit, and then Glamour Glow masking over the vertebrae to keep their crisp detail.

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Taken on August 6, 2010