Color – The Eye of the Beholder

Art Print of a Colorful Plaza in Puebla Mexico

I wouldn’t have guessed this would be the topic of my next post. I have several bits of news and topics waiting off in the wings, but I’m very much a believer in posting updates as they become fully formed in my head and this one, like a daughter of Zeus, sprung to life fully formed in my head earlier today. I’m often amazed how much my opinions on a subject may deviate from other people. It’s very possible a great many of you will read this and shake your … Continue reading

Serendipity in Photography – Being There Versus Going There

Picture of a church tower in Oaxaca Mexico with birds in flight

This is a topic that’s been rolling around in my head for awhile now, particularly whenever I plan a new trip (and no, nothing planned now). Each time I hatch a journey, I know there’s likely a photographer or artist who lives at my destination, knows the area well, and most importantly is there day by day. If I capture a beautiful moment in the spring, they’ll still be there in the fall long after I’ve left. This is particularly true of any large western city. Travel photography is part … Continue reading

Celestún Photos

Beautiful Gulf Beach - Celestún Mexico in the Yucatan

There are two beach destinations near Mérida, Mexico. The closest is Progreso, a typical destination for the locals and from everything I had heard before visiting a bit crowded and just not quite as pretty as the further destination, the fishing village of Celestún.  Celestún is in the midst of a large bird sanctuary (Parque Natural del Flamenco Mexicano – also known as the “Celestun Biosphere Reserve”).  As you can tell from the Spanish name, it’s a large roost for Flamingos, their winter home (although I saw plenty in summer, … Continue reading

Mérida – Yucatan Capital Photos

Yucatan Picture - The Cathedral in Late Afternoon in Mérida

Mérida is the capital city of the Mexican state of the Yucatan.  The Spanish founded it in 1542 on the foundations of an older Maya City, T’ho.  Because Mérida’s foundations were laid on an older city, it is said to be one of the oldest continually occupied sites in the Americas and its centro historico (Historic district) is among the largest.  Mérida has architecture stretching from it’s Spanish Colonial foundations to today. Because of the hot temperatures (at least in the summer), the city tends to close down in the … Continue reading

Scenes from the Puuc Hills – Uxmal & Kabah

Picture of the Mayan Ruins at Uxmal

If you’re ever planning a trip into the Yucatan to see ruins, you should really try to get into the Puuc Hills.  From Mérida, Uxmal and Kabah are an easy day trip, but these are just the tip of the iceberg of Puuc Hill ruins to see! One day I will go back to see these, too! None-the-less, the ruins I did visit were excellent.  The ruins in this area of the country have the distinction of having a style of Maya architecture named for them.  Aside from their architectural … Continue reading

Chichen Itza Scenes

Picture of El Castillo, the main pyramid at Chichen Itza, a UNESCO site

It’s been a couple of years since I visited Chichen Itza.  At the time, I spent a week in Mérida, the capital of the Yucatan taking day trips out to see the sights, including possibly the most well known of the Maya ruins.  Many Americans visiting Cancun will take a tour to see  these ruins and learn about the Maya. The topography and soil of the Yucatan causes the formation of cenotes, large open pits where underground water is easily accessible.  In fact, as there aren’t surface rivers, these were … Continue reading