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, 2009

Lightness and Darkness


Besides flu, earth tremors, worst politics, etc, there is skies and life everywhere. Thanks a lot for your kind words of concern about the city.

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April 29, 2009

City Moments


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April 28, 2009

Earthquake, What next


MEXICO CITY (Dow Jones)--A 5.6 magnitude earthquake shook Mexico City early Monday afternoon, sending frightened residents into the streets and saturating phone lines, but causing no apparent significant damage.

The quake rattled nerves of Mexicans already coping with an outbreak of the swine flu that has killed an estimated 149 people.

The combination of the higher death toll from the flu and the quake weakened the peso, which had lost nearly 5% from Friday's close to MXN13.975 per U.S. dollar.

The quake briefly interrupted a press conference in which Health Minister Jose Angel Cordova was giving an update on the flu emergency situation.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the epicenter was in the Pacific coast state of Guerrero, home to the resort of Acapulco, which lies roughly 360 kilometers from Mexico City.

The earthquake's depth made serious damage less likely, said Jim Dewey, a research geophysicist with USGS.

"Certainly strong shaking could be perceived, but it wouldn't likely cause extensive damage," Dewey said. "It was 25 miles deep, so that puts some distance between it and the surface of the ground."

Telephone service in parts of Mexico City was lost briefly. A spokesman for phone company Telefonos de Mexico (TMX) said lines were temporarily saturated with call volume, as usually happens after earthquakes, and that there was no reported damage to exchanges.

Mexicans, accustomed to earthquakes, largely shrugged off the tremor, worried more about the killer flu. "Ah, we're accustomed to earthquakes around here," said Leopoldo Garcia, a 70-year-old retiree walking around the city.
The Wall Street Journal.


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April 27, 2009

Virus Nightmare



La Jornada

Acaso es verdad que se vive en la Tierra?
Acaso para siempre en la Tierra?
Sólo un breve instante aquí!

Poesía Náhuatl.


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April 25, 2009

The Mexican Road


The Mexican Road or The unreachable welfare of people. And besides, virus in Mexico, its to much. / El Camino Mexicano o El inalcanzable bienestar del pueblo. Y ademas, virus, es el colmo.

[ A virus (from the Latin virus meaning toxin or poison) is a sub-microscopic infectious agent that is unable to grow or reproduce outside a host cell. Viruses infect all cellular life. The first known virus, tobacco mosaic virus, was discovered by Martinus Beijerinck in 1898 and now more than 5,000 types of virus have been described. The study of viruses is known as virology, and is a branch of microbiology ].

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April 24, 2009

Break at The Park


Björk
Volta
"The Dull Flame Of Desire"

( Feat. Antony Hegarty )

I love your eyes, my dear
Their splendid sparkling fire

When suddenly you raise them so
To cast a swift embracing glance

Like lightning flashing in the sky
But there's a charm that is greater still

When my love's eyes are lowered
When all is fired by passion's kiss

And through the downcast lashes
I see the dull flame of desire.


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April 22, 2009

Earth Day


Previously posted.
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April 19, 2009

Colina de los Brujos


Ver. 2

Witches Hill. A place full of magic and legends, near Tlayacapan, Sacred Valley of Tepoztlan and Mexico City.
Happy sundaY

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April 17, 2009

Rothko


Rothko taking a little nap.

"I will say without reservations that from my view there can be no abstractions. Any shape or area which has not the pulsating concreteness of real flesh and bones, its vulnerability to pleasure or pain, is nothing at all. Any picture which does not provide the enviroment in which the breath of life can be drawn does not interest me".
Mark Rothko.
[Born Marcus Rothkowitz (Latvian: Marks Rotko; September 25, 1903–February 25, 1970), was a Latvian-born American painter and printmaker. He is classified as an abstract expressionist, although he himself rejected this label, and even resisted the classification as an "abstract painter".]

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April 16, 2009

Barak Obama in Mexico City


No Spring Break for Obama South of the Border

By Ben Pershing
On occasion, politicians jetting overseas are accused of going on cushy "junkets." But given the thorny agenda for President Obama's imminent trip to Mexico and the Caribbean, he may just return home by the end of the jaunt wishing he had stayed in Washington. There will be no talk of puppies on this visit, and no Easter egg rolls. Just illegal immigration, Cuba policy, a drug war that is spiraling out of control and America's alleged culpability for dragging down every economy in the hemisphere.

When Obama went to Europe, he drew praise from some quarters and criticism from others for projecting humility, apologizing for the country's past mistakes and stressing that the U.S. needs help on a variety of fronts. Obama looks likely to take a similar tack on this trip. In an interview Wednesday with CNN en Español, Obama said, "There's no senior partner or junior partner," in our relationship with Latin America. He said that the U.S. wouldn't meddle in the political affairs of other countries, and refrained from criticizing Hugo Chavez, the Venezuelan leader known for his anti-U.S. rhetoric. "We want to listen and learn as well as talk, and that approach, I think, of mutual respect and finding common interests, is one that ultimately will serve everybody," Obama said. [The Washington Post]

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April 15, 2009

Callejon de San Juan de Dios


San Juan de Dios Alley in the oldest part of the city.

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April 14, 2009

Kaleidoscopic Spring


What do you see?

Jacaranda is a genus of 49 species of flowering plants in the family Bignoniaceae, native to tropical and subtropical regions of South and Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean. The genus name is also used as the common name. In many parts of the world, such as Mexico and Zimbabwe, the blooming of this tree is welcomed as a sign of spring.[Wiki]

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April 13, 2009

Betsabee Romero. A vuelta de rueda III


Carrito de Cuerda / Clockwork Little Car


Ponchada por el paisaje / Puncture by The Landscape


Hombre y Flores / Man and flowers

Instalacion de Betsabee Romero / Installation by Betsabee Romero

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April 12, 2009

Betsabee Romero. A vuelta de rueda II


Carrito de Cuerda. Instalacion de Betsabee Romero. / Clockwork Little Car. Installation by Betsabee Romero.

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April 11, 2009

Betsabee Romero. A vuelta de rueda I


City Neighbors.




Driving Slowly by Betsabee Romero.


EXPOSICIÓN TEMPORAL
Betsabeé Romero. A vuelta de rueda
Atrio de Templo de San Francisco
Centro Histórico de la Ciudad de México
Del 15 de febrero al 26 de abril de 2009
A VUELTA DE RUEDA,
el Atrio de San Francisco, sitio evocador de épocas y personajes que han transitado reales y simbólicamente por el corazón de una Antigua Ciudad.
La Torre Latinoamericana, el Sanborns de los Azulejos, el Banco de México, Bellas Artes, la calle de Madero, historias largas, itinerarios ancestrales, aceras insuficientes para un paso continuo y multitudinario hacia el interior y el exterior del Centro Histórico.
A VUELTA DE RUEDA, frase coloquial llena de imágenes,
por un lado la velocidad, contra la que tengo muchas resistencias
y, por otro, descripción del ritmo cadencioso y lento con el que se tiene que transitar en esta zona, tan saturada de momentos y monumentos importantes de la historia de la ciudad y de la vida de las personas.
A VUELTA
Redunda en la posibilidad de dar un giro simbólico a la rueda,a la circularidad de los significados, al eterno retorno de las reflexiones, a la movilidad y al ritmo.
DE RUEDA
Figura atávica, instrumento y forma mítica, ojiva arquitectónica, mirada de Tláloc.
Lugar de la memoria, rodillo, sello, rosetón, cúpula, gloria abierta, ventana hacia la memoria en movimiento.
El automóvil, en A VUELTA DE RUEDA será desde un principio: sedentario, continente de trayectos aprehendidos, pieza, complemento, parte de un todo, visto y vivido en sus contradicciones y sinsentidos.
Betsabée Romero.


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April 10, 2009

The Monastery



Happy Easter.
Good Friday, also called Holy Friday, Great Friday or Black Friday, is a religious holiday observed primarily by adherents to Christianity commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus and his death at Golgotha, an event central to Christian theology. The holiday is observed during Holy Week as part of the Paschal Triduum on the Friday preceding Easter Sunday, and often coincides with the Jewish observance of Passover.

Based on the scriptural details of the Sanhedrin Trial of Jesus, the Crucifixion of Jesus was most probably on a Friday. The exact year of Good Friday has been estimated as AD 33, by two different groups, and originally as AD 34 by Isaac Newton via the differences between the Biblical and Julian calendars and the crescent of the Moon.

Here, Cathedral and Convent of La Asuncion. This compound has three churches and a chapel, which is said to be the oldest chapel on the American continent. The cloister houses valuable frescos of Saint Philip of Jesus, a Franciscan martyr in Japan.
Cuernavaca's downtown cathedral dates from 1552.

Artist Robert Brady lived and died in a former 16th century meteorological observatory of the Franciscan seminary behind the Casa de la Torre, leaving a fascinating and rich collection of art he had collected over his lifetime. Works by Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, Paul Klee and Francisco Toledo are among the 1400 pieces in the collection. This museum was second choice as the location for Mexico's Guggenheim Museum, which is being constructed in Guadalajara, Jalisco.


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April 9, 2009

Holy Week / Semana Santa


Sculpture of the Virgin of Guadalupe located in the atrium of Cuernavaca Cathedral (near Mexico City).

In the Catholic Church, Holy Thursday (also known as Maundy Thursday) is the day that we celebrate the Last Supper, at which Christ instituted the Mass and the Sacrament of Holy Communion. It is the first day of the Triduum, the three days before Easter Sunday, during which we commemorate Christ's Passion. [About.com]

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April 8, 2009

Fishing Moments


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April 7, 2009

Smoke Gets In Your Eyes


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April 6, 2009

Viravento


Mannequin with Pinwheels.
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April 5, 2009

The Doors of Perception II

Casa de la Mariposa Blanca / House of The White Butterfly


Friday Door


Beers Door


Background


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April 4, 2009

The Doors of Perception I



The Doors of Perception is a 1954 book by Aldous Huxley. The title comes from William Blake's The Marriage of Heaven and Hell:

"If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is, infinite. For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things thro' narrow chinks of his cavern."

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April 3, 2009

After Class, On The Bus.


Virtual Graffiti or The Art Of See or Jazz In A Nova.


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April 2, 2009

The Mask


"Graffiti is not a subculture restricted to few, graffiti is a refined form of art available to all"
MindGem.

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April 1, 2009

April 2009 Theme Day: Yellow

I

Tower of The Palacio de Cortés, residence of conquistador Hernán Cortés after he moved to the town of Cuernavaca from Mexico City. It was intended to be the seat of his encomienda.

Construction of the residence was started in 1526, for which the local population was employed. Cortés decided to build his residence on top of a hill, on the ruins of the lordship of Cuauhnahuac. This place had been used by the Aztecs to collect tribute, and therefore it was a symbol of Cortés' dominance over the conquered territory.

II

Betto Stylist


How wonderful yellow is. It stands for the Sun.
Vincent Van Gogh.

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