Weekly Photo Challenge: Split-Second Story

Split-Second Story  For this week’s challenge, we want you to become a documentary photographer and attempt to capture a candid moment of a person, place, or thing. Put your National Geographic hat on and tell a story by documenting a moment in time through a single image. 


Yesterday we went to the older part of downtown looking for coconut oil. I knew of someone who works in this crazy building. It has a number of tiny shops selling all sorts of things. You can see plantains on the right, beans, corn, squash, garlic, and other items on the left. The lady we needed is on the right just past all the hanging plastic containers and the buckets on the floor. She has a wide variety of things  in her tiny space where she works long hours every day. Word is she always has coconut oil, and we were not disappointed.


Here is the view outside the building where people are selling a lot of other things on the street.

People are also selling things outside the building. The bags closest are cakes of brown sugar. I also see plantains, potatoes, bags of corn, and other root vegetables.


I like the girl running and the pigeons flying to get out of her way.

I like the girl running and the pigeons flying to get out of her way.


Nearby are other vendors selling food on the sidewalk. I've been here before and found the people very nice and helpful if you have any questions about anything they sell.

This corner is another of many spots that always have vendors. I bought some pifa (a type of palm nut) from these ladies once and they were so nice. They carefully explained what they were, how they were cooked, and how one should eat them (with milk or Coca Cola). They even cut and peeled one for me to try.


Here is my split second snapshot of life on the street in the older part of downtown David. It’s busy, colorful, messy, teaming with activity, and always interesting.


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About Kris Cunningham

We live in David, Chiriqui Provence, Republic of Panama! This blog is about some of our experiences in our new country.
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10 Responses to Weekly Photo Challenge: Split-Second Story

  1. Karen Ama Panama says:

    Very interesting


  2. Linda says:

    Nice Kris! 🙂


  3. 4sarge says:

    The 1st photo looks like My kind of shop


  4. Maggie Carlise says:

    So interesting!!

    Regarding the discussion of pifa (in the last pic): when the ladies said to eat it with milk or coca cola…what does that mean exactly? Do milk/coca cola just function as pleasant condiments while you eat it? Or do you actually cook it IN one of those? (In Coke???)

    And how was it?


    • Yes, milk and coke are just condiments while you eat your pifa. The pifas are boiled in water for a long time to cook them, I think an hour or maybe 1 1/2 hour.
      They are starchy, sort of like a roasted chestnut but a different flavor. A lot of people love them. For me, they aren’t bad but I wouldn’t go out of my way to look for them.


  5. sunnymikkel says:

    Next time we are in David, please take us to where you bought your coconut oil, it is as hard to find here on the Azuero as peanut oil, which I also have been looking for. Greath log, as always!


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