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There is this image in today’s blog over there at Lost Art Press:

Used with the tacit permission of Lost Art Press. Click to visit their blog.

Used with the tacit permission of Lost Art Press. Click to visit their blog.

The plate is titled How to Stack and Preserve Wood, Plate 4 and is from the forthcoming Roubo on Furniture, a work in progress from the fine folks at Lost Art Press. What struck me was that I saw the real life version of this plate in Ecuador. The reason I was not blogging for a while was that we were on a trip to Ecuador. My wife had always wanted to visit the Galapagos Islands and this was her chance. We recruited four friends and booked ourselves on a tour of the Galapagos Islands. On the way down, we spent three days in Otavalo, a center of weaving and a market town a few hours north of Quito. More on that later.

What struck me about the plate in the LAP blog was that I had just seen the real life version of the plate driving from Otavalo to Quito. We were traveling down the Pan-American Highway. Between the recent earthquake damage and all the local festivals, the 90 minute drive took about four hours. This left lots of time for observing the scenery. We passed several small lumber yards that looked something like the plate.

This is the lumber yard.

This is the lumber yard.

And here are the lumber stacks. Just like Plate 4.

And here are the lumber stacks. Just like Plate 4.

And another lumber yard.

And another lumber yard.

There will be more about the trip in the next few days but for now I will offer you some panoramic photos I took at a raptor center near Otavalo and the drive south. The last two panoramas prove that you can take panoramic photos with your iPhone from a moving vehicle if you reverse the scan and are traveling at a relatively constant speed on a level and smooth road. Results aren’t perfect but are interesting.

The other pictures are from a brief stop in Cayambe, home of our driver and location of his family’s biscotti bakery. Click HERE to see the pictures.