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

July 31, 2009

Guanajuato II




Teatro Juarez / Juarez Theater

Musicos del parque La Rebanada del Queso / Street Musicians


The Mexican city of Guanajuato is the capital of the state of the same name. It is located at 370 km (230 miles) northwest of Mexico City, at an elevation of 1,996 m (6,550 ft) above sea level. The historic town and adjacent mines are a World Heritage Site.
Guanajuato was founded as a town in 1554 and received the designation as a city in 1741. It is located in one of the richest silver mining areas of Mexico, and is well known for its wealth of fine colonial era Spanish architecture.
The Spanish name “Guanajuato” comes from Quanaxhuato meaning “Hill of Frogs”, in the native religion of the Purhépecha (Tarascans), the frog represented the god of wisdom.
The city was originally built over the Guanajuato River, which flowed through tunnels underneath the city. However, after years of raising buildings to accommodate repeated flooding, in the mid-twentieth century, engineers built a dam and redirected the river into underground caverns. The tunnels were lit and paved with cobblestones for automobile traffic, and this underground road network carries the majority of cars driving through the city today. It is one of the most notable features of the city.
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July 30, 2009

Guanajuato I

Calle de Campanero / Bell Ringer Street



La Dama de las Camelias (Donde se bebe y se danza) / The Lady of the Camellias (Where you can drink and dance)


Palomas y Puertas / Doves and Doors

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July 23, 2009

Red Light


Good Night, and Good Luck.

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July 22, 2009

Flor del Parque


Flower in the park.

“Del libro “La Psicotónica de los Mayas”, se define al sagrado Omeyotl (hia-hiú) de los Olmecas. La dualidad eterna en constante actividad de toda la naturaleza representada por las energías del sol y de la luna. Hia, la energía del sol que reina la claridad. Hiú, la energía de la luna que reina la oscuridad.”
“El Omeyotl (Dualidad Ome>dos y Yotl>creación). Todo lo que existe es o ha sido generado por la actividad conjunta de un factor femenino y uno masculino fundido en uno solo; esta actividad es conjunta e incesante.”
Itzabmnah encarna el sagrado Omeyotl o divina dualidad; es el quien da el equilibrio sagrado a la creación y expande a la luz divina a la luna cuya Ixchel símbolo del poder sagrado femenino y lo caracteriza el rayo plateado; y el sol cuyo sacerdote Kinich Ahau, cuyo símbolo del poder sagrado masculino esta representado por el rayo crético.

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July 21, 2009

El Chorrito


"The Little little waterfall"
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July 20, 2009

The Fountain of Joy


Master Bassui reduced the whole of Buddhist teachings to one phrase

“Seeing one’s own nature is Buddhahood.”

When asked how to see into one’s own nature,
master Bassui would reply.

“ Now! Who is asking? ”

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July 19, 2009

Palacio de Bellas Artes / Palace of Fine Arts


Palacio de Bellas Artes (Palace of Fine Arts) is the premier opera house of Mexico City. The building well known for both its extravagant Beaux Arts exterior in imported Italian Carrara white marble and its murals by Diego Rivera, Rufino Tamayo, David Alfaro Siqueiros and José Clemente Orozco.

The Palacio has two museums: the Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes and the Museo de la Arquitectura. Metro Bellas Artes is located alongside.

The theatre is used for classical music, opera and dance, notably the "Baile Folklórico". A distinctive feature of the theatre is its stained glass Tifany's curtain depicting a volcano and the valley of Mexico. It is the home of Mexico's National Symphony Orchestra, the Bellas Artes Orchestra, the Bellas Artes Chamber Orchestra, the National Dance Company, and the Bellas Artes Opera.

Maria Callas sang in several productions at the Palacio early in her career, and recordings exist of several of her performances here. Other opera greats who have performed and/or sang there include Plácido Domingo, Pavarotti, Kathleen Battle, Kiri Te Kanawa, and Jessye Norman. Most of the world's great orchestras and dance companies have also performed there, including the New York, Vienna, Israel, Moscow, London and Royal Philharmonics; The National Arts Centre Orchestra (Canada); the Philadelphia, Paris, Dresden Staatskapelle, and the French, Spanish and Chinese National Orchestras; the Montreal and Dallas Symphonies; the American Ballet Theatre, the English National Ballet, the Australian National Ballet, the Bolshoi and Kirov Ballets; among others. [Wiki]

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July 18, 2009

Waterman


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July 17, 2009

Circular Mass




Circular Mass. 1970 Bronze by Arnaldo Pomodoro at Tamayo Museum in Chapultepec Park.

Pomodoro is an Italian sculptor. He was born on 23 June 1926, in Morciano, Romagna, Italy. He currently lives and works in Milan. His brother, Giò Pomodoro (1930-2002) was also a sculptor.

Pomodoro designed a controversial fiberglass crucifix for the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The piece is topped with a fourteen foot in diameter crown of thorns which hovers over the figure of Christ.

Some of Pomodoro's "Sphere Within Sphere" (Sfera con Sfera) can be seen in the Vatican Museums, Trinity College, Dublin, the United Nations Headquarters in New York, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C., Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, and the University of California, Berkeley. His thematic work "Forme del Mito" (Forms of Myth) was displayed at Brisbane's World Expo '88 and was later purchased by Brisbane City Council for the City of Brisbane.[Wiki]

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July 16, 2009

David's Fountain


David's Fountain in Rio de Janeiro Park at sunset.

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July 15, 2009

Blue Leaves

The Finger of Nature

Jean-Paul Sartre:
Everything has been figured out, except how to live.

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July 14, 2009

Desierto de los Leones 2






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July 13, 2009

Desierto de los Leones 1





The Desierto de los Leones (Desert of the Lions) National Park is located entirely within the limits of the Federal District, it is located in the Sierra de las Cruces mountain range west of the city center with an area of 1,867 hectares, representing fifteen percent of the entire Valley of Mexico. The area was used as a retreat for a religious group, thus the name Desierto (Desert) means not "arid place", but not populated. The "Leones" part of the name does not refer to the animals, but rather to the original landlord's lastname.

The park's altitude varies between 2,600 and 3,700 meters above sea level, giving the area a relatively cold and damp climate. It is a forested area primarily with pines, oyamel firs and holm oaks with many brooks, ravines and waterfalls. The park is considered to be the oldest protected biosphere in Mexico. It was originally declared a forest reserve in 1876 by President Lerdo de Tejada with the intent of conserving its fresh water springs to supply Mexico City. It was later declared a national park on 27 November, 1917, by President Venustiano Carranza.

The name of the park, Desierto de los Leones (Desert of the Lions) largely comes from the Carmelite monastery situated just north of its center. Carmelite monks called their residences “deserts” because they served as isolation from the mundane world. The monastery’s original name was Santo Desierto de Nuestra Señora del Carmen de los Montes de Santa Fe.
The monastery was built in the very early 17th century for a group of Carmelite monks who came from Italy to evangelize the Native Americans. The first stone was laid on 23 January 1606 by then-Viceroy Juan de Mendoza y Luna. It was a relatively simple structure of two stories, with a wood shingle roof, narrow corridors and small rooms called “cells” for the monks to sleep and study in. A 12,570 meter wall was built with only one opening facing the town of Cuajimalpa which still remains.

Outside the main gate of the monastery, just beyond the traces of the walls of the original monastery, is the “Chapel of Secrets.” It has a domed roof and its acoustics allowed monks face into the corner to speak to another monk during the long stretches of imposed silence in the monastery. Surrounding the entire complex is the “Barda de la Excomunicacion” (Wall of Excommunication) named so because supposedly any woman that crossed it was subject to excommunication from the Catholic Church. [Wiki]

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July 12, 2009

Flor


Chinese proverb:
When you have only two pennies left in the world, buy a loaf of bread with one, and a lily with the other.

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July 11, 2009

Guanajuato

Views of Guanajuato

Meanwhile in Cielo at NYC, Marques Wyatt as a messenger of the deepest, most soulful kind of house music. Beneath his relaxed, spiritual and unknowingly suave persona, therein lies a man partially
responsible for giving birth to the West Coast house scene and bringing the fresh sounds of New York to Los Angeles beginning in the mid eighties. Carefully pointing out that he has "always had a deep passion for music," you know that his adoration of house has become its gateway into the lives of thousands of people. Promoting and playing an enormous amount of parties including BBC, Brass, MAC's Garage, Does Your Mama Know? and currently Deep, over the years, Marques has changed the face of LA nightclubbing and the presentation of its music and sound.




Collaboration by Sofia.
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July 10, 2009

On The Run

Toluca Int. Airport

Gas truck on the road

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July 9, 2009

Reflection of a Moment


La imaginación produce formas y cosas desconocidas. El poeta diseña y da nombre y habitación a cosas que parecen surgir de la nada.

Sueño de una Noche de Verano.
W. Shakespeare

De pronto vi mi cabeza
en el espacio perdida,
sin pensamiento y sin vida
y sin humana impureza.
Senti profunda extrañeza,
Más luego extendí mi lodo
y fui descubriendo el modo
de hacer mi cuerpo infinito.
El polvo al polvo remito,
Dejo de ser y soy todo.

Pita Amor


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July 8, 2009

Playground




Playground at Chapultepec Park.
Chapultepec hill, noteworthy for the centuries-old forest which encircles it and for the castle which crowns its summit. For hundreds of years Chapultepec has been a focal point in the city. It is complemented by important cultural centers including world-class museums (as the Museum of Anthropology, Museum of Modern Art, Tamayo Museum), amusement parks, a zoo, lakes and restaurants like El Lago, Meridien and Cafetería del Bosque.

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July 7, 2009

Flor del Bosque


When I look carefully
I see the nazuna blooming
By the hedge!

Cuando miro con cuidado
Veo florecer la nazuna
Junto al seto!

Haiku by Basho (1644-94)


Flower in the crannied wall,
I pluck you out of the crannies;-
Hold you here, root and all, in my hand.
Little flower -but if I could understand
What you are, root and all, and all in all,
I should known what God and man is.

Flor en el muro agrietado,
Te arranco de las grietas; -
Te tomo, con todo y raíces, en mis manos,
Florecilla -pero si pudiera entender
Lo que eres, con todo y tus raíces, y, todo en todo,
Sabría qué es Dios y qué es el hombre.

Tennyson (1809-92)

What is the difference between this two poets?


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July 6, 2009

Halo




Sunday at Noon, phenomenon in the sky and midterm elections for more of the same.

Halo (also known as a nimbus, icebow or Gloriole) is an optical phenomenon that appears near or around the Sun or Moon. There are many types of optical halos, but they are mostly caused by ice crystals in cold cirrus clouds located high (5–10 km, or 3–6 miles) in the upper troposphere. The particular shape and orientation of the crystals is responsible for the type of halo observed. Light is reflected and refracted by the ice crystals and may split up into colors because of dispersion, similarly to the rainbow.

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July 4, 2009

Plaza Luis Cabrera / Luis Cabrera Square


Photograph: a picture painted by the sun without instruction in art. ~ Ambrose Bierce

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July 3, 2009

La Casa del Mago / The Magician's House


“You live eighty years, and at best you get about six minutes of pure magic”
George Carlin

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July 2, 2009

Emptiness


The usefulness of a cup is in its emptiness.
Old Chinese Proverb.

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July 1, 2009

July 2009 Theme Day: Empty

Raindrops

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