Series: Urban Trees/Arboles Urbano

A new(ish) series to continue in my incredibly slow manner: Urban Trees.  The lungs of a city they need to be protected, inserted, respected.  Merida, despite its’ lack of large, urban open spaces; is campaigning for just that as the wave of the construction boom and urban sprawl beyond the Pereferico (beltway) threatens to engulf the region.Xcumpich_5_ARBOL

Near the remains of the main house of the Hacienda Xcumpich in the north of the city.


Derelict Hacienda Xcumpich





Last week I poked into the abandoned, gutted, derelict hacienda Xcumpich.  Close to me it didn’t tax my extremely limited energy and surplus of pain from the botched surgery in November & a recent fall that damaged my back.  I was looking for more in a series of “urban trees”.  Spending sunset in the ghost of the hacienda’s main house was fun even though there is basically nothing left of it and it is surrounded by new houses, a Montessori school and then a casino, hotel, convention center & supermarket.  The end is nigh.

Sunday Promenade On The Paseo


Another carriage shot.  I love their colors & the feel of the 19th c.  Their speed is hardly equal to the look from panning.

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Another from my Sunday walk in El Centro & another for the series: Portals.  Abandoned & as yet renovated houses in an area where wealthy expats are busily renovating & gentrifying.

Sunday Walk On The Paseo

For the series: Faces of Merida.  A Sunday walk & shoot on the Paseo de Montejo; Merida’s version of the Avenue des Champs-Élysées.  Por la serie: Caras de Merida.  Caminando y fotografando en la avenida central de Merida.MeridaFaces_MuseoCanton

A Mexican Valentine

A Birthday Snapshot

Birthday number 69.  Teatro Peon Contreras for the Orquesta Sinfónica de Yucatán (OSY), a sweet Schumann and powerful Tchaikovsky crescendoes to remind me all concerts come to an end.  My dear friend, Priscila, accompanied me in spite of her punishing training schedule for the 2016 Merida Triathlon (she did well).  We dropped the celebratory dinner out for pizza at home so she could make her pre-dawn training.

After the not-quite catastrophic but debilitating surgeries in November in Miami; even walking a few blocks to the theater & climbing stairs to our box provoked angina.  But music & friendship were far more important.