An interesting geologic fact is that Panama sits far enough East of the Ring of Fire that they don’t have the earthquake activity that the rest of Central America faces. Because of that they can build taller buildings and they make the most of it. Every ship that uses the Panama Canal has to pay a hefty price, we’re talking in the hundreds of thousands of dollars each. They don’t want to carry that with them so there is a large bank of just about every nation here. It’s like they are in competition to build the biggest, tallest and most modern building. And then all the folks that work in all those banks need to live somewhere so many more tall apartment towers are built.
Mary Jo Allen
I've been a professional photographer for 30+ years. My degree is in microbiology and I did research work in that field for 3 years which sounds glamourous and exciting but in reality I found it to be repetitive and uninspiring. It does explain my interest in the tiny world and my desire to understand how things work. I've always said I could be a professional student as I love to learn new things and photography certainly does provide that opportunity. Even after all these years I continue to learn new things every day. I find photography to be the perfect blend of science and art. Most recently, some of my favorite work has been in the area of macro photography, especially the beautiful world of flowers. I'm looking for not only the documentary recording of what a flower looks like, but also taking a closer look and finding ways of expressing a more artistic and abstract view using color, curves, lines, lighting and softness to create interesting compositions. I love finding beauty in simplicity: just the edge of a rose petal, the sensuous curve hidden inside a flower, the way the morning dew clings and shimmers in the sunrise, a synthesis of color, light and softness, blending the magnificent with the minute; these are the things that make my soul sing a soaring melody of thanks to the Creator. View all posts by Mary Jo Allen