I went for a walk today, and this is some of what I saw:

A piñata,

A boat-tail grackle taking off,

A gull,

Some pretty yellow flowers,

An abandoned house,

Palm fronds in the sand,

A couple of piglets,

And a dog that looked like I felt!

All were shot with my iPhone 6s Plus, and processed in Snapseed.

Oh, and I got a bunch more street shots. But I'll save those for another day.

Hasta mañana.



I finally bade farewell to my new friends, Sam and Giselèle, George and Liz, Guillermo and Guillermo Junior, and left Puerto Vallarta this afternoon on the twelve thirty bus. Got to San Blas in time to get a room, check my email, and head out to get in a bit of street photography like this black and white shot,

iPhone 6s Plus / Snapseed / FrontView

and this one, in color, of a family outing.

iPhone 6s Plus / Snapseed

When it got too dark to photograph, I went for a delicious fish dinner, then back to my room to organize the day's photos, and to put together this blog post and share it with you.

Hasta mañana.



PUERTO VALLARTA 7:11 am / iPhone 6s Plus

The view from my window yesterday morning. I'm still working on the surprise, believe me. If I ever get it done, it will be a surprise, for sure.

PUERTO VALLARTA 7:11 am / iPhone 6s Plus / Snapseed

And here's tonight's sunset view from the balcony, at 7:14 pm. Meanwhile, you'll just have to excuse me, the conversation is getting interesting, and I wouldn't want to miss a single tall tale, nor a chance to tell one or two of my own. Stories are flying around this Airbnb from all around the world!

Hasta mañana.



GELATO / iPhone 6s Plus / Snapseed

I know, this still isn't the surprise I promised. As many tech problems as I've had the last couple of days, I thought I would post this candid street shot of a very colorful lady enjoying a gelato, her iPhone, and the malecón, while things seem to be working.

With luck, I will get back on track this evening with the surprise.

Hasta Luego.




SURPRISE, NO SURPRISE / iPhone 6 Plus / Snapseed

Well, a bit of a surprise in the form of this quick snapshot of a mini Vaquero or Buckaroo, from behind the scenes at the Charro Championships.

The wifi is still down at the apartment, so I had to hoof it down to Starbucks to get this post off to you. Which meant having to miss the Pirate Ship surprise, myself. Maybe mañana. You know, as in mañana? We’ll see what happens and do the best we can.

Am in the middle of sorting and backing up images from the Charreada, so my iPhone is tied up until I can clear up some space. Hope I can stay in and make some progress tomorrow.

Sounds like I could get kicked out of here soon, so had better say Ciao for now.

Hasta mañana.


Sorry this is late. Wifi went down as I was preparing it, and is still down. Had walk around and find a Starbucks to get online. So this is really the post from last night. Anyway, here goes…

PIRATE SHIP / iPhone 6s Plus / Snapseed

This was the view, this evening, from my penthouse balcony rocking chair in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. I had just returned from dinner with my new friends, Sam and Giséle. We had gone to Cafe Repollo Rojo, or The Red Cabbage on the recommendation of my great friend of many years, Canadian Artist Gena LaCoste who had visited here around this time last year. We went there for the Chiles en Nogada. Thanks, Gena!

So what does this have to do with a Pirate Ship in the Bay of Banderas? Not so much, really. However, if you are patient and be sure to look in on tomorrow's post, you will gain a better understanding of why I was excited when she hove into view.

I have always wanted to someday live in a penthouse. When I found this one with four days on the calendar fot less than the cost of one night in a cheap hotel in Albuquerque, I decided Guadalajara could wait. And since it coincided with my last day with my Dutch pals, Gerard, Dini and Bjorn, it seemed the right thing to do. It was.

Don't forget, tomorrow, the Pirate Surprise.

Untl then,

Hasta mañana.



CHARRO REINING IN HIS MOUNT / iPhone 6s Plus / Snapseed

A bull comes charging out of the chute, a Charro gallops alongside grabs the tail of the bull, wraps his leg around it, and as he speeds past, flips the bull over onto its back. Speeding across the arena, he reins his horse to a halt, just inches from the wall.

I have many images of the flipping of the bull from previous Charreadas. This trip, having limited myself to photographing with my iPhone, I sought a new perspective. I positioned my self at the wall. Most of the riders veered off to one side or the other, but, occasionnaly, one would gallop directly toward me. Those were the times that made for some interesting images.

I had a good rest today and am almost back to abnormal. It's that old seventeen year old kid inside a ninety four year old body again. I plan on taking it fairly easy for the next four days, after moving to new digs tomorrow smack in the middle of downtown Puerto Vallarta, just a couple of blocks from the Malecón and the blue Pacific. 'Tis the season, and I may even see some whales and their babies.

And no snow!

But now, more resting…

Hasta mañana.






BULL RIDER STILL LIFE / iPhone 6s Plus / Snapseed

Today was the last day of the 2016 Campeonato Internacionál de Charrería. Tomorrow I rest and try to get all four days' images sorted, saved and backed up. It won't be a day off, but it will be a day off my feet!!!

What's next? Stay tuned…

Hasta mañana.







iPhone 6s Plus / Snapseed

So said Robert Capa, the famous Magnum Photographer. I used to rely a lot on my zoom lenses. I don't have a zoom lens on my iPhone, and my feet wouldn't take me to the horse and rider, so I placed my self where I hoped they would stop, and waited. They came thundering toward me and stopped inches away. Lots of hot horse breath!

I simply made a vertical crop of a horizontal frame and opened the shadows a bit in Snapseed.

Ahhh, one more day of Charreada…

Hasta mañana



Another long day, more tired and sore, and more to be done. Backup, you know? Enjoy:

SIDE SADDLE / ESCARAMUSA / iPhone 6s Plus / Snapseed

Griping, but loving it.

Hasta mañana.


Paintings, Drawings, Photographs, Videos, Digital Art, and Words, by John Farnsworth


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