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

December 30, 2008

Isolated


Happy New Year!

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December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas / Feliz Navidad


... Till, ringing, singing on its way
The world revolved from night to day,
A voice, a chime,
A chant sublime
Of peace on Earth, good-will to men!

Fragment from Christmas Bells by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

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December 23, 2008

The Ice Cream Vendors


Ice Cream Vendors at Flower Market in Xochimilco, south of the city. Flavors: Tamarind, Mango with Chili, Mamey, Lemon, Strawberry, etc.

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December 22, 2008

The Peasant and His Dream


El Campesino y su Sueño ( o Como gobiernos corruptos e ineficientes pueden abandonar el campo y destruir la esperanza y vida de la gente o Como Mexico no Hay Dos o Viva Mexico ! )

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December 21, 2008

Symbols


Ver. 2


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December 19, 2008

Towers and Shadows


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December 17, 2008

Chapultepec Views 3 - [ 800th Post ]




La Jornada Cartoons:


Monument by El Fisgon (Inscription: The Grateful Mankind).


Official Picture by Hernandez.

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December 16, 2008

Chapultepec Views 2


Risky Business.


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December 14, 2008

Chapultepec Views 1



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December 13, 2008

Break in a Musical Bench


Street sweepers have been employed in cities since sanitation and waste removal became a priority. A street-sweeping person would use a broom and shovel to clean off litter, animal waste and filth that accumulated on streets.

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December 11, 2008

Portrait in Blue


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December 10, 2008

Walls of Nezahualcoyotl



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December 9, 2008

Paz / Peace



El Ángel de la Independencia ("The Angel of Independence"), most commonly known by the shortened name El Ángel and officially known as Columna de la Independencia, is a victory column located on a roundabout over Paseo de la Reforma in downtown Mexico City.

El Ángel was built to commemorate the centennial of the beginning of Mexico's War of Independence, celebrated in 1910. In later years it was made into a mausoleum for the most important heroes of that war. It is one of the most recognizable landmarks in Mexico City, and it has become a focal point for both celebration or protest. It bears a resemblance to the Victory Column in Berlin.

The base of the column is quadrangular with each vertex featuring a bronze sculpture symbolizing Law, War, Justice and Peace. Originally there were nine steps leading to the base, but due to the sinking of the ground fourteen more steps were added. On the main face of the base, which faces downtown Mexico City, there is an inscription reading La Nación a los Héroes de la Independencia ("The Nation to the Heroes of Independence"). In front of this inscription is a bronze statue of a giant lion led by a child, representing strength and the innocence of youth during War but docility during Peace.

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December 7, 2008

Justicia / Justice


Justice


… Finalmente, una condicion importante para el desarrollo de la biofilia ( Amor a la Vida ) es la libertad. Pero no es condicion suficiente “la libertad respecto de” trabas politicas. Si ha de desarrollarse el amor a la vida, tiene que haber libertad “para”, libertad para crear y construir, para admirar y aventurarse. Tal libertad requiere que el individuo sea activo y responsable, no un esclavo ni una pieza bien alimentada de la maquinaria.

Resumiendo, el amor a la vida se desarrollara mas en una sociedad en que haya: seguridad en el sentido de que no estan amenazadas las condiciones materiales basicas para una vida digna, justicia en el sentido de que nadie puede ser un fin para los propositos de otro, y libertad en el sentido de que todo individuo tiene la posibilidad de ser un miembro activo y responsable de la sociedad, éste ultimo punto es de particular importancia. Hasta una sociedad en que existen seguridad y justicia puede no ser conducente al amor a la vida si no se estimula la actividad creadora del individuo. No basta que los hombres no sean esclavos. Si las condiciones sociales fomentan la existencia de automatas, el resultado no sera amor a la vida, sino amor a la muerte.
De: El Corazón del Hombre. Erick Fromm
From: The Heart of Man by Erich Fromm.

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December 3, 2008

Indonesia



This year, both Mexico and Indonesia are commemorating the 55th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries, with a photo exhibition on main street (Paseo de la Reforma and Praga street).

In 2007, the total trade value between Mexico and Indonesia had reached $870 million, which had more than doubled in the last four years.
Trade with Mexico has been heavily in favor of Indonesia for many years, thanks to strong Indonesian exports -- that reached $830 million last year. Mexico exported $40 million worth of goods to Indonesia in 2007.

Con motivo de la conmemoración por los 55 años de relaciones diplomáticas entre la República de Indonesia y México, el pasado 15 de noviembre en el Paseo de la Reforma se inauguró una exposición fotográfica, compuesta por imágenes cuyo objetivo es mostrar la riqueza cultural y natural de Indonesia, resaltando por un lado la gran diversidad que existe en dicha nación, y por otro los rasgos comunes que compartimos con ella.

Indonesia es un país del sudeste asiático con una de las relaciones más antiguas con México, la cual gira alrededor de tres rubros principales: político, comercial y de cooperación cultural. Sabías qué? Indonesia constituye el archipielago más grande del mundo, pues está formado por 17.500 islas, y que el primer europeo en llegar a estas islas fue Marco Polo en 1292.

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December 1, 2008

Circles / Spheres


December Theme Day: Circles / Spheres
"The wheel has turned full circle".
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