One of the things I love most about travel photography is capturing textures.
I find the adobe houses in Ecuador captivating because of their textures and earth tones.
While I had read about homes made out of adobe bricks while we were researching Ecuador, I didn't really think about what they would be like.
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Adobe bricks are a mixture of clay, sand and straw. The adobe houses we have seen seem to have varying amounts of that mixture. Sometimes I see straw and small rocks in the bricks, other times they look much smoother. That mixture makes for some really great textures.
Different Types Of Adobe Homes
Many of the adobe homes we see have been plastered over and painted, and others are left raw. I especially like the look of the adobes that have not been plastered because you can really see the texture of the bricks. The adobe homes that have been painted also look nice and have interesting textures.
Some adobes are plastered and left unpainted. They are plastered with the same mix that makes up the bricks.
Sometimes only part of the house has been plastered over, so you can see the texture of the plaster and the rougher bricks.
I especially like seeing adobe homes in the countryside on a sunny day. The contrast of the adobe bricks and the green grass with wild flowers/garden flowers is beautiful.
A friend of ours told us that her parents had recently built an adobe home and how happy they were with it because of the quality of the construction. She said that the adobe bricks are more durable than concrete ones.
We've also heard that adobe homes stay cool when it's hot outside and warm when it's cool outside. We recently visited some friends in their adobe home and we noticed how cozy it felt, it was a chilly day.
What type of homes have you seen on your travels? Please tell us about them by commenting on this post.