August 12th, 2009

Midsummer Adventures, pt. 2


  • 1. N  |  August 12th, 2009 at 2:20 pm

    Are those quenepas?
    Kids sure are flexible, aren’t they?

  • 2. wayneandwax  |  August 12th, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    Quenepas! Sí. I mean, I guess so. That must be what they’re called in Puerto Rico (/ Latin Carib)? I know them as “guineps” in Jamaica, which sure seems like a cognate. I saw/ate these at a Cape Verdean festival in Onset, MA this weekend. When I asked the seller where they were from, he said, PR.

    And, yeah, Charlie’s feet are among her best friends right now. I’m told that when she’s holding both feet with her hands, as she often does, she’s striking the “happy baby” yoga pose.

  • 3. N  |  August 13th, 2009 at 9:19 am

    Ms. Nico is sort of bendy as well, look how deep she’s squatting in those photos! :) I guess you’re around them daily so it doesn’t jump out at you.

  • 4. N  |  August 13th, 2009 at 9:23 am

    That Gates thing is cool too, btw.

  • 5. wayneandwax  |  August 13th, 2009 at 9:42 am

    True about Nico. I love the one where she’s reaching for the ball. So much energy & flexibility. Such perfect form!

    Spending so much time low to the ground with these girls is improving my own ability to squat, etc.! Wonder if that will translate to more supple dancing?

  • 6. N  |  August 14th, 2009 at 8:27 am

    I was raised around a lot of non American women, women who squat to work regularly. I squat all the time, though my doctor has advised against it. Bad for the knees to extend past the feet or something. Bah. But its great for dancing!!

    And I am SURE that if you get flexible and strong enough to maintain a tiptoe squat , balancing in a squat while bearing most of the weight on the very front of your feet, your legs will be strong enough to do most any sort of dancing. The key for developing strength , as opposed to flexibility, is not to sit and rest your rump, but to keep the quads flexed so they are always actively supporting you. The squatting really quickly in the grocery store to tie a shoe pose, is there such a thing in yoga?

    It is amazing how kids can balance themselves in such precarious positions.

  • 7. Caro  |  August 19th, 2009 at 11:02 am

    quenepas!!! In DR called limoncillos. Yes guineps = quenepas. An acquired taste for sure — some people don’t like the coated-tongue feel you get from eating a bunch. But they always remind me of getting someone to climb a tree to get some, and the ritual of eating — crack the rind, suck the flesh off, spit out seed — was the best!

  • 8. wayneandwax  |  August 19th, 2009 at 11:19 am

    Yeah, I just love me some guineps. That coated-tongue feel is called “stain” or “staininess” in Jamaica — ie, people call certain fruits “stainy” if they stick to you like that. Star apples are the worst! (but also yummy) Got those in DR/PR?

  • 9. Henry  |  August 19th, 2009 at 12:33 pm

    I am in complete awe with your pictures, they are a gorgeous assortment of well captured moments! I’m curious, if it is not too much trouble, what camera did you use? The rich colors and quality make them seem almost tangible!

  • 10. wayneandwax  |  August 19th, 2009 at 12:56 pm

    Thanks, Henry! Glad you like them. I’m awfully glad to be able to capture some of these things. I generally use two cameras: my iPhone (recently upgraded to a 3GS, which has a better camera) and a Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W80 (which I got for, I think, half the price listed there). If you click on any of the indiv shots at flickr, you can see which camera I used for which particular shots. In the case of iPhone shots especially, I should note, I tend to do a little “enhancement” (mostly increasing exposure, sharpness, and sometimes contrast).


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