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

March 31, 2010

Fast Food Street Vendor


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March 30, 2010

At The Zoo


Spring

Sound the Flute!
Now it's mute.
Birds delight
Day and Night.
Nightingale
In the dale

William Blake

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March 29, 2010

Mexican Stock Exchange


Mexican Stock Exchange Building (Center)

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March 28, 2010

Frames



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March 26, 2010

Evocation


Magnificent entrance in East 82nd St at Fifth Ave facing The Met in NYC.

Happy Weekend!

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March 25, 2010

Helium and Forms


Helium is produced in stars as the main product of the thermonuclear fusion
of hydrogen and is the second most abundant element in the Universe.

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March 24, 2010

Princess


Old drugstore in an abandoned building, ancient Princess.


Street Poster
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March 23, 2010

Ahuehuete


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Taxodium mucronatum, also known as Montezuma Cypress, Sabino, or Ahuehuete is a species of Taxodium native to much of Mexico (south to the highlands of southern Mexico), and also the Rio Grande Valley in southernmost Texas, USA as well as Huehuetenango Department in Guatemala. Ahuehuete is derived from the Nahuatl name for the tree, āhuēhuētl, which means "upright drum in water" or "old man of the water."

Ahuehuete became the national tree of Mexico in 1910. The tree is sacred to the native peoples of Mexico, and is featured in the Zapotec creation myth. To the Aztecs, the combined shade of an āhuēhuētl and a pōchōtl (Ceiba pentandra) metaphorically represented a ruler's authority. According to legend, Hernán Cortés wept under an ahuehuete in Popotla after suffering defeat during the Battle of La Noche Triste.

Ahuehuetes are frequently cultivated in Mexican parks and gardens. The wood is used to make house beams and furniture. The Aztecs used its resin to treat gout, ulcers, skin diseases, wounds, and toothaches. A decoction made from the bark was used as a diuretic and an emmenagogue. Pitch derived from the wood was used as a cure for bronchitis The leaves acted as a relaxant and could help reduce itching. (Wiki)

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March 22, 2010

EcoBici / EcoBike


The government of the city begin the service past month. Costs: US $24.00 Year.
Bicycle sharing systems are increasingly popular and diverse. A number of bicycles is made available for shared use by individuals who do not own any of the bicycles.
The reasons for implementing bicycle sharing systems are as numerous as the forms the systems take. Recently and most notably, municipal governments have promoted systems as part of intermodal transportation, allowing people to shift easily from other forms of transport to bicycle and back again. However, for years community groups have promoted bicycle sharing as an easily accessible alternative to motorized travel, hoping to reduce the carbon footprint of commuting as well as enable residents to become healthier through exercise.

El Gobierno del Distrito Federal puso en marcha la primera fase del Sistema de Transporte Público Individual
ECOBICI, que ofrecerá a los habitantes de la Ciudad de México la opción de movilidad a través de bicicletas para viajes cortos e intermodales.

El sistema cuenta con mil 114 bicicletas y 85 cicloestaciones automatizadas, dispuestas en su primera etapa, en un polígono que abarca las colonias Hipódromo, Hipódromo-Condesa, Condesa, Roma Norte, Juárez y Cuauhtémoc.

ECOBICI es una herramienta de movilidad respetuosa del medio ambiente, que permitirá a la gente desplazarse con mayor rapidez de un medio de transporte público – como el metro o Metrobús – a otro, o acercarse a sus destinos finales o intermedios.

Este sistema ha sido probado con éxito en varias ciudades alrededor del mundo como París, Milán, Oslo, Barcelona y Zaragoza, entre otras.



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March 20, 2010

NYC Fire Engine


Essex St. at Canal St. Chinatown, NYC
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March 19, 2010

Frame


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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The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed.
Albert Einstein. Living Philosophies, 1931

Happy Weekend!
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March 18, 2010

Classic


Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum

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March 17, 2010

Numbers


From sketches series.

You see things; and you say, 'Why?' But I dream things that never were; and I say, "Why not?"
George Bernard Shaw (1856 - 1950)

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March 15, 2010

El Caballito


The equestrian statue of Charles IV (also known as El Caballito) is a bronze sculpture cast by Manuel Tolsá in August 4, 1802 in Mexico City, Mexico in honour of Charles IV. This statue has been displayed in different points of the city and is considered one of the finest achievements of Mr. Tolsá. It now resides in Plaza Manuel Tolsá.

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March 14, 2010

Juan Soriano III


Pajaro III PAI, 2005 Bronce
Bird III PAI, 2005 Bronze


Toro, 1/3, 2003 Bronce. Juan Soriano. Sueños Moldeados. Andador Acuario. Paseo de la Reforma Puerta Zoo.
Bull, 1/3, 2003 Bronze by Juan Soriano. From Exhibition Molding Dreams at Chapultepec Park.

Dedicated to Sofia on her birthday!

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March 13, 2010

Juan Soriano II



Pajaro XIPA, 2005 Bronce. Juan Soriano. Sueños Moldeados. Andador Acuario. Paseo de la Reforma Puerta Zoo.
Bird, 2005 Bronze by Juan Soriano. From Exhibition Molding Dreams at Chapultepec Park.

Why Men / Women transform the simple reality?

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March 12, 2010

Juan Soriano



Sirena PAIII, 2005 Bronce. Juan Soriano. Sueños Moldeados. Andador Acuario. Paseo de la Reforma Puerta Zoo.

Mermaid PAIII, 2005 Bronze by Juan Soriano. From Exhibition Molding Dreams at Chapultepec Park.

Happy Friday!

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March 11, 2010

Searching


Como el Rothkito, tan solo buscando...

Like Rothko, just searching...

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March 10, 2010

Hongo Sonante / Sonorant Mushroom




Sonorant Mushroom (Details) by Roger Von Gunten 2005.
From the exhibition of various sculptors on Paseo de la Reforma.

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March 9, 2010

Styles



Arte Poética

Que el verso sea como una llave

Que abra mil puertas.

Una hoja cae; algo pasa volando;

Cuanto miren los ojos creado sea,

Y el alma del oyente quede temblando.

Inventa mundos nuevos y cuida tu palabra;

El adjetivo, cuando no da vida, mata.

Estamos en el ciclo de los nervios.

El músculo cuelga,

Como recuerdo, en los museos;

Mas no por eso tenemos menos fuerza:

El vigor verdadero

Reside en la cabeza.

Por qué cantáis la rosa, ¡oh Poetas!

Hacedla florecer en el poema;



Sólo para nosotros

Viven todas las cosas bajo el Sol.

El Poeta es un pequeño Dios.

Vicente Huidobro. De El espejo de Agua, 1916.

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March 8, 2010

Coldplay in Mexico City



Photos by Oly Ramirez

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March 5, 2010

Tehuacan





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March 4, 2010

Moment of Light


Someday perhaps the inner light will shine forth from us, and then we'll need no other light.
~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

When you possess light within, you see it externally.
~Anaïs Nin

An age is called "dark," not because the light fails to shine but because people refuse to see it.
~James Michener


Wine is sunlight, held together by water.
~Galileo

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March 3, 2010

Cotton Candy



“Adorable y enemiga, la Ciudad de México en los trazos de Abel Quezada”
1 al 31 de marzo. Las Rejas de Chapultepec.
Exhibition of Mexican political cartoonist works on Paseo de la Reforma Ave. Chapultepec Park

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March 2, 2010

Path of the Sleepwalker


We have to learn the desperate faith of sleep-walkers
who rise out of their calm beds
and walk through the skin of another life.
We have to drink the stupefying cup of darkness
and wake up to ourselves, nourished and surprised.

Edward Hirsch

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March 1, 2010

March 2010 Theme Day: Passageway


We live at the edge of the miraculous.
Henry Miller

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