Friday, March 12, 2010

Prickly Pear

 
As these cactus get older, they begin to show their age with nicks and pecks slowly eroding at the older pads.

Century Plant

 
The century plan illustrates how these desert plants are committed to survival, including thwarting the attempts of any hungry herbivore.

Stark Contrast

 
The sun is so bright that the grass appears white in contrast to the shadows under this tree.

Prickly Pear

 
These cactus are so impressive, especially in their ability to thrive under harsh conditions.>

Thursday, March 11, 2010

San Miguel Wall No. 23

 
These intersections of color and trim happen between almost all buildings here in San Miguel.

Portal No. 59

 
Massive scale to this San Miguel doorway.

Portal No. 58


These steps have a wonderfully organic feel to them. This seems reminiscent of the adobe homes of the Southwest.

Portal No. 57

 
Most of the San Miguel doorways have steps leading up to the threshold. Some old doorways are permanently closed and no longer have steps, so there is a doorway suspended in space.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

San Miguel Wall No. 22

 
The exterior walls of the buildings in San Miguel have so much character.

Portal No. 56

 
San Miguel de Allende

Portal No .55

 
San Miguel door with high noon shadows.

Tarp City No. 2

 
Another example of the endless are of colors and shapes of tarps that covered this massive open air marketplace located just outside of San Miguel.

Nopales

 
Nopales are a vegetable made from the skinned and de-thorned pads of the prickly pear. This is served in numerous ways in Mexican cuisine such as napalitos and juevos con nopales.

Jugo de Zanahoriia

 
Carrot juice is probably the most popular juice here in Mexico. This open air market vendor certainly had an appealing display.

Frijoles

 
Of course there would have to be a wide variety of beans available at this open air marketplace.

Tarp City

 
This sprawling open air marketplace is covered with a tapestry of colorful tarps, lending a circus air. The colors were endless, and the marketplace took on the light of the tarps above rendering a kaleidoscope of colors.

Fruit Stand

 
In grocery, this display technique is known as the 'silent seller', and no wonder, as this gorgeous fruit sells itself with that fabulous color and beautiful onyx black seed.

Copperware

 
The hand formed copperware here in central Mexico is truly extraordinary in scale, form, and color.

Portal No. 54

 
Lovely book ended doorways provide entrance to this San Miguel Zapateria.

San Miguel Streets

 
Typical street in San Miguel de Allende. The streets are stone as are the narrow sidewalks and the buildings always provide a feast of color.>

Portal No. 53

 
San Miguel is full of the most sumptuous colors and textures.

La Parroquia

 
This gorgeous church faces the central plaza in San Miguel, El Jardin.

Church Facade

 
Here is another beautiful church in Guanajuato. Everything is being repristinated for the upcoming bicentennial, and that is why there is screening over the facade.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

San Miguel Corner

 
This is a typical San Miguel de Allende image. The streets are quiet, sky of mountain blue, a variety of earthly colors on the houses, some distressed (but in a very charming way).

Guanajuato Courtyard

 
Guanajuato was clearly designed to allow people to enjoy the city. It has numerous squares, plazas and courtyards, often with a fountain such as this.

Gold Pipe Organ

 
This pipe organ was so lavishly ornamented, it seemed to be more likely found in the church servicing the King of Spain rather than the Basilica in Guanajuato.

Vaulted Ceiling

 
The Basilica in Guanajuato was lavishly adorned with countless crystal chandeliers and the vaulted ceiling was exquisitely done.

Side Chapel

 
This simple side chapel in the Basilica at Guanajuato had a lovely portrait of the Virgin of Guadalupe.

Guanajuato Cross


Gas lanterns surround the cross in front of this Guanajuato Church.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Guanajuato Church

Fabulous alter topped with a resplendent virgin in this ornate basilica.

Guanajuato Church

The beautiful Basílica de Nuestra Señora de Guanajuato stands out against the high altitude sky, but, it is even more beautiful inside.

Sedge Hedge

Striking hedge arrangement on the roof of this San Miguel home.

Carved Door

Carved door on the front of the Guanajuato Basilica.

Guanajuato Hillside

Amazing density of homes in this ancient silver mining city.

Portal No. 52

Another beautiful doorway in San Miguel de Allende

Portal No. 51

San Miguel doorway.

Portal No. 50