The Magic of the Cities.

Zen promotes the rediscovery of the obvious, which is so often lost in its familiarity and simplicity. It sees the miraculous in the common and magic in our everyday surroundings. When we are not rushed, and our minds are unclouded by conceptualizations, a veil will sometimes drop, introducing the viewer to a world unseen since childhood. ~John Greer

You don't take a photograph, you make it. ~Ansel Adams

The Earth Has Music For Those Who Listen.

"I still find each day to short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read and all the friends I want to see"

~ John Burroughs

April 30, 2007

Taco


A place on the street, selling "Tacos", a very known Mexican snack.

April 29, 2007

Mercury and Argos


In Argos lived Inachus' most famous daughter Io, a beautiful girl who became a priestess of Hera and attracted the amorous attention of Zeus himself. Zeus lay with her, but Hera, seeing them in each others arms, flew into a rage with Io and turned her into a cow. Then she tied the cow to an olive-tree in the sacred grove of Mycenae and set Argus the All-seeing, of the line of Phoroneus - a beast with eyes all over his body and tremendous strength - to keep watch on it. But Zeus set Hermes to steal Io, which he did by lulling Argus to sleep with the music of his pipes. But no sooner was this done than Hera sent a gadfly to persecute the unfortunate Io whom it caused to run madly from one country to another. After crossing the Ionian sea, Io wandered through Illyria, Aenus, the Bosporus (= "ox-crossing" ), the Crimea and Asia, coming ultimately to Egypt and resuming human form. There she maried king Telegonus and, after her death, was worshipped as a goddess under the name Isis.

copyright, 2002: Dr. Hugo H. van der Molen; http://www.scripophily.nl

April 28, 2007

Gift


The breathtaking beauty of Nature

April 27, 2007

Magical Structures


Tarde lluviosa en Bosque de las Lomas [ Stormy afternoon at Bosque de las Lomas ]

April 26, 2007

A Day in Teotihuacan. The City of The Gods


Teotihuacán is one of the major tourist attractions in Mexico City – a place that’s full of attractions. I urge you to go. It’s easy to get to. There are decent eating places out there and lots to see and do. There’s a museum and a cultural center and plenty of places to buy souvenirs. And if you’re feeling energetic, try the climb up to the top of either pyramid. At the very summit of the Pyramid of the Sun there’s a metal spike sticking up an inch or so out of the stone. Do what everyone did when we were up there - hold on to it and let the Pyramid’s energy flow into your body.

If you go with an experienced guide, one who knows his or her stuff, there’s lots to learn and see and think about. But if you just want to visit and take in the ambiance of one of the world’s great archaeological sites, then Teotihuacan is still enjoyable and rewarding.
Alan Cogan.

Avenue of The Dead / Calzada de los Muertos


Teotihuacan arose as a new religious center in the Mexican Highland, around the time of Christ. Although its incipient period (the first two centuries B.C.) is poorly understood, archaeological data show that the next two centuries (Tzacualli to Miccaotli phases; A.D. 1-200) were characterized by monumental construction, during which Teotihuacan quickly became the largest and most populous urban center in the New World. By this time, the city already appears to have expanded to approximately 20 square km, with about 60,000 to 80,000 inhabitants (Millon 1981:221). The development of the city seems to have involved inter-site population movements, exploitation of natural resources, an increase in agricultural production, technological inventions, establishment of trading systems and other kinds of socio-political organizations, and attractive belief systems. By the fourth century, unmistakable influences of Teotihuacan were felt throughout most parts of Mesoamerica. Teotihuacan was the sixth largest city in the world during its period of greatest prosperity, according to an estimated population of 125,000 (Millon 1993:33). The city seems to have functioned for centuries as a well-developed urban center until its rather sudden collapse, possibly in the seventh century. The place was called Teotihuacan by Nahuatl speakers several centuries after the city's fall, but its original name, the language or languages spoken there, and the ethnic groups who built the city are still unknown.

Saburo Sugiyama: Arizona State University, Dept. of Anthropology, Tempe, AZ 85287 ©Copyright 1996 Project Temple of Quetzalcoatl, Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia, Mexico/ ASU

April 24, 2007

Street Vendor


This girl sells almost everything, mainly fast food, cigars, sodas, bottled water, etc.

April 22, 2007

Roof Water Tanks / Tinacos

Earth Day


Words (author unknown). In the background, The Popocatpetl volcano


¿Acaso es verdad que se vive en la Tierra?

¿Acaso para siempre en la Tierra?

¡Sólo un breve instante aquí!


Poesía náhuatl

April 21, 2007

Man and Dog


In a little town of Mexico.

April 20, 2007

April 19, 2007

Textures


Thanks for the tip to enlarge the photos to: Dsole, Arradon, Ming

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April 17, 2007

Paradox


An old woman begging for money to eat, sit on the stairs of a church and the curiosity of the little girl.

April 16, 2007

Traffic in B&W / Trafico en ByN


Metrobus and light traffic in Insurgentes Ave., this street one of the longest of the world, crosses the city North to South or viceversa. (El Metrobus y algo de trafico en Av. Insurgentes, una de las mas grandes del mundo, atraviesa la ciudad casi en su totalidad de Norte a Sur o viceversa).

April 14, 2007

Dance of 6.3 Richter


Friday at 0:42 AM Epicenter on Pacific coastal 155 miles of Mexico City (En la madrugada del viernes a las 0:42 Hrs. con epicentro en la costa del Pacifico, a 155 millas de la ciudad) No damage, just the scare.

April 12, 2007

Flyover


Two views of an elevated pedestrian crossing or flyover from a shopping mall to an hospital.

April 11, 2007

April 10, 2007

La Casa en el Aire / The House on the Air


Work by Mexican architect, Agustin Hernandez.


La imaginacion produce formas y cosas desconocidas. El Poeta diseña y da nombre y habitacion a cosas que parecen surgir de la nada.


W. Shakespeare

April 9, 2007

Flea Market


Sunday flea market, where you can get paintings, movies, music, antiques and all sort of things

April 8, 2007

The Gown


Bride shop of a little town near the city.

April 7, 2007

Rural church


A little church near the city.

April 6, 2007

A little friend


A little friend named Rothko, just 3 months old, wants to learn how to type.

April 5, 2007

Workers


At mid-morning they broke for lunch and take some relax.

April 4, 2007

Citadel


Workers on a new building in Santa Fe area.

April 3, 2007

Bancanal


Bench "Bancanal" by Luis M. Serrano from the exhibition 'Benches Dialogue'

April 2, 2007

April 1, 2007