Across the channel from Cancún is the island of Isla Mujeres. It’s just a short boat ride to see a gem of real Mexico. The beaches are tranquil compared to Cancún and you can rent a golf cart, bike or motorcycle to explore the small island.
If you do go, on the south end of the island is a wonderful cemetery that is so different than American or European cemeteries it is worth the trip. Of course being an island, all the graves are above ground and with vibrant colors and unusual displays. Its worth the trip.
I know Father’s Day is a uniquely American holiday probably created by the greeting card companies or Craftsman tools. But fathers are important in the development of societal norms and in fostering the growth of children. We don’t go through the pain and sacrifice that mothers do and for that reason are sometimes overlooked as being important in a child’s development. However children need two parents and I salute all fathers today who have stayed with their family and provided protection,sustenance and leadership for their children and love them in spite of their flaws.
Isla Mujeres is a small island in the Caribbean Sea, about 13 kilometers off the Yucatán Peninsula coast. The island is only 7 kilometers long. To the east is the Caribbean Sea and the skyline of Cancún. There are only about 12,000 permanent residents but it is very popular with visitors from the resorts of Quintana Roo. We rented a gulf cart and toured the entire island in a day. At one end of the island we found this cemetery.
It was beautiful and quiet and the most colorful and unusual cemetery we have ever seen. I have never seen a burial ground quite like this and it had made me want to research other modern Mexican cemeteries.Most cemeteries are drab and grey places. This place was alive with color and a celebration of the life of the deceased rather than a grey reminder of their death.
A few years a go I published skippy the Pelican. So named by me since he seemed to skip across the water. This was taken at a small harbor on Isla Mujeres a small island near Cancún in the Mexican province of Quintana Roo. I decided to edit the image using the HDR tool from the NIK Collection by Google. The new image is on top, so you be the judge. Comments appreciated.
Driving through Isla Mujeres I noticed a number of houses with laundry blowing in the wind. This house had pink flamingos, laundry drying and Christmas lights. Coming from Pittsburgh I found this combination fascinating.
While we drove our little golf cart around Isla Mujeres we were never far from the Carribean Sea. We eventually left the town area and went down a little hill headed towards South Point and stumbled on this small cemetery right by the sea.
It was beautiful and quiet and the most colorful cemetery we have ever seen. I have never seen a burial ground quite like this and it had made me want to research other modern Mexican cemeteries.
I photographed this pelican on Isla Mujeres on the dock near the turtle farm. All he wanted to do was sit on the post at the end of the pier. However, the kids would run out to the edge of the pier which made him nervous and he would jump into the little harbor and wait until they left. He would then skip along the water and fly back up to his post. I saw him do this a few times before I finally got a picture of him skipping on the water.