TAOS AFTERNOON

Strollers strolling.

 

The Hat Seller II

Here he is again, the hat seller, peddling his wares at the Jardin in San Miguel de Allende.

 

HELADO (ICE CREAM)

Calle Luis Pasteur, Santiago de Querétaro, Querétaro, Mexico.

 

GUADALAJARA STREETS REVISITED

Busy, busy day, today, so I thought it a good time to revisit the colorful streets of Guadalajara:

Hasta mañana.

 

STREET FEET, SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE

The Jardin was very crowded today, but somehow not too inspirational. I did a few drawings on my iPhone, but it was when I remembered my series Street Feet from Santa Monica, California, a couple of winters ago, that I got really excited…

Hasta mañana.

 

MORELIA / SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE

The Cathedral in Morelia as seen by my iPhone 6s Plus,

And after a bit of tweaking in Snapseed.

Today, I'm in San Miguel de Allende and back to shooting people.

On the way through Celaya, I caught this image from the bus window, but missed several others as we passed quickly through a warehouse district…

At breakfast this morning, I was treated to this display of wild, exhuberant fashion…

Followed by an hour or so at the Jardin, people watching…

The balloon man, who never moved from his spot,

And one satisfied customer.

A Drummer on his way to work,

And a young couple out for a stroll.

I had so much fun watching kids chase pigeons that I forgot to take any pictures of them. Maybe tomorrow.

Now it's time to get ready for dinner with dear old Taos friends, now living in San Miguel, Kay and Charles.

More to come, too, about a great new Airbnb find in SMA.

Hasta mañana.

 

ADIOS TO A TWO WHEEL TOWN

There are, admittedly, a lot of cars, trucks, vans and pickups in San Blas. Some almost unidentifiable, most shiny and new and quite nice. But the streets are owned mostly by those on two wheels.

These are but a few of the many shots I took of these two wheelers. I could do a book! Hmmm.

I got off to a fairly late start this morning, caught a bus with many wheels, crossed the river, where I got a quick snap of a lone garza, or egret, through the bus window, and made my way to Tepic.

There, I had lunch, then caught another bus to Guadalajara, where four wheels again seem to be the norm, as on this golden chariot. And my Cinderella no where in sight. ¡Que lástima!

Next, a walk around Guadalajara to see what we can see.

Hasta mañana.

 

MORE FROM YESTERDAY’S WALK

I first visited San Blas in the early seventies. It was a sleepy little fishing village then. Now, it's a a run down, crowded, crumbling, dusty little fishing village. It's also a quiet backwater, where no one seems to be in a hurry, where whole families pile onto a scooter and drive slowly around the zocalito, waving at friends, stopping for an ice cream.
There's not much here for the tourist, no blocks and blocks of souvenir shops, no over priced restaurants and bars, but for a photographer, it's a real shutter melter.

Dogs and scooters are ever present in San Blas,

Bicycles.

Motor bikes and mobile phones, too.

I saw color,

And tenderness,

Contrasts,

And ingenuity, as in this grill made from an automobile wheel and what looks like it might have been a storm drain grate in another light.

Tomorrow's a travel day. Who knows what that might bring?

Hasta mañana.

 

SOME STILL PREFER PRINT

SOME STILL PREFER PRINT / iPhone 6 Plus / Snapseed

Taking Street Photography into the airport in Mexico City, last April.

I used to like waiting rooms because they were a chance to catch up on some magazine reading. Not so much these days. I'm usually too busy with my iPhone; either finger sketching or photographing the people around me. I'm not sure which I prefer. I enjoy both, depending on the subject mainly.

When there is an interesting story, likely to change soon, and there is not enough time to draw, I will use the camera.

If there's not much going on, just interesting faces or gestures, I like to sketch.

Either way one of my favorite pastimes, people watching, is greatly enhanced. As are my memories of a time or place. Besides, I get to share my what I've seen with you.

I hope to have some news tomorrow regarding my books.

Hasta mañana.

 

NY IN DF

NY IN DF / iPhone 6+ / Snapseed

For those who may not recognize “DF”, that's Mexico's capitol city. Just as we have Washington, D.C, or

District of Colombia, the Mexicans have México, D.F., or Distrito Federal (Federal District), sometimes referred to as, simply, de efe.

I gues we all know what NY stands for.

Guess what? We had a day off! Had to make a quick run down to Santa Fe to run some errands. Thea drove on the way down, so I was able to get a bit more done on my research. Ditto for while she did some shopping.

Thea decided she could do on an iPhone 6+ everything she now does on her iPhone 4 and on her sluggish antique iPad. So I now have an iPhone 6s+ and she inherits my iPhone 6+. That means I'll be busy tonight and probably part of tomorrow backing up and transferring data between all four machines.

Then I will get back to my book projects and try to squeeze in some painting time before hitting the road for the winter.

Hasta mañana