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Colourful Crawling

Colourful Crawling

(11 Shots) | I’m not a people-shooter; certainly not in those days. Just too shy; but being respectful sounds a lot better. It were the beautiful colours of the clothes that made me step out of my comfort-zone.

In Harmony with the Job

In Harmony with the Job

The Guys with the Balloons

The Guys with the Balloons

We stayed a couple of days in San Cristóbal de las Casas; the Capital of the state of Chiapas. Our travel-guide had a little friend in town; whose name I have forgotten. We had the opportunity to visit her home and her family. Then we saw a little more than the colourful clothes everyone was wearing.

The Girlfriend of our Travel-guide

The Girlfriend of our Travel-guide

The Garden

The Garden

Actually it reminded me of the chicken coop at the farm of my grandparents; including the henhouse, which in this case was the shed they lived in. Inside was a small fire burning; no chimney to let the blue smoke out. Then I understood why the kids in the streets, who were begging for a peso, often had red eyes. While we felt uncomfortable looking around at the poverty of these people, they were friendly offering us some of their handmade stuff to buy. Which we did of course.

Mother and little Sister

Mother and little Sister

Mother and Child

Mother and Child

Son and his Friend

Son and his Friend

Mom sharp

Mom sharp

Cracking Walls

Cracking Walls

To Show everything you've got.

To Show everything you’ve got.

When we left I took a shot of the sheds I had seen on our way there; they had turned into a row of ‘residences’.

Residential Area

Residential Area

The Christmastree

The Christmastree

(11 shots) | From Oaxaca we drove to Tehuantepec; and from there to San Cristóbal de las Casas. Along the way we made a few stops. One of them led us into boats, to take a look at the famous Arbol de Navidad, a Christmastree-like-shaped waterfall in the Sumidero Canyon.

Noisy Boats

Noisy Boats

The Sumidero Canyon

The Sumidero Canyon

Chrismastree Close-up

Chrismastree Close-up

The Christmas tree is some 1000’s of years old. It is a result of the natural hydrological cycle, and the physical and chemical characteristics of the rocks. Unfortunately, the Arbol de Navidad is under threat of being destroyed, because human activities have damaged the hydrological cycle. There are long periods without any water supply, so the Christmas tree is weakening and breaking.

To Shower

To Shower

Before this, we stopped at the archaeological site of Yagul. It’s not far SE from Oaxaca. It was not large; but nicely located and not so visibly restored.

SiteView

SiteView

Patio

Patio

Kitchen

Kitchen

Ball-game-Court

Ball-game-Court

CactusTree

CactusTree

Cactus Close-up

Cactus Close-up

One of the Oldest Trees of the World prt2

One of the Oldest Trees of the World prt2

This Tree grows in the center of a little town called: Santa María del Tule, about 11 km. South-East of Oaxaca. It is a more than 2000 years old Montezuma cypress; one of the oldest and largest Trees of the world. Impressive to watch.

(looks best full screen; click once; and once more on the image and then F11)

One of the Oldest Trees of the World

One of the Oldest Trees of the World

This Tree grows in the center of a little town called: Santa María del Tule, about 11 km. South-East of Oaxaca. It is a more than 2000 years old Montezuma cypress; one of the oldest and largest Trees of the world. Impressive to watch.

(looks best full screen; click once; and once more on the image and then F11)

Puzzles with Space

Puzzles with Space

(12 shots) | Mitla is an other archeological site in the state of Oaxaca. It’s in a valley; made by Zapotecs and developed further by Mixtecs. It had its largest size between 750 and 1521. Where Monte Albán was almost without details; Mitla’s main attraction are it’s details. “The geometric patterns called grecas in Spanish seen on some of the stone walls and door frames are made from thousands of cut, polished stones that are fitted together without mortar. The pieces were set against a stucco background painted red. The stones are held in place by the weight of the stones that surround them.” (Wiki) I liked the harmony of these reliefs.

Long, small Rooms

Long, small Rooms

Around the Corner

Around the Corner

Grupo de las columnas

Grupo de las columnas

In a Tomb

In a Tomb

Weight

Weight

Heavy Walls

Heavy Walls

Finished by Nature

Finished by Nature

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Layers on the Outside

Layers on the Outside

Remains of Paint

Remains of Paint

And finally our Christian explorers arrived in the 16th century; and could not think of anything better than building the Church of San Pablo on top.

Church of San Pablo

Church of San Pablo

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