Last year I published some images from Tulum. Tulum is the last Mayan city constructed before the Spanish invasion and conquest of Mexico. It was constructed on the east coast of the Yucatán Peninsula on the Caribbean Sea in what is now the Mexican state of Quintana Roo.
The city was constructed along the cliffs overlooking the Caribbean and served as a port for other Mayan cities like Coba which was the de facto capital of the Mayan Empire. The ruins are fun to visit because afterwards you can swim in the mild Caribbean waters sheltered by a large reef providing gentle waves and pure white sand. It is not as large a site as Chicha Itsa but maybe more beautiful because of the sea.
I am having knee surgery next week. They will undoubtedly take my blood pressure. The way I relax for a blood pressure reading is to think of this place. It doesn’t matter to me where the beach is. I just think of this scene and listen to the waves.
This beach though is north of Tulum in Quintanna Roo on the Mayan Riviera.
Street performers in Mexico are a whole lot different than in the United States or other countries. Most wear exotic costumes and frequently have exotic pets like large snakes or or lizards with them. This group was seen performing outside the entrance to Tulum in Quintana Roo.
I am in the process of trying to reboot my exhibition career. In the past I have participated in five exhibitions and am hoping to participate in a two man show this autumn with a friend in the Pittsburgh area. I am thinking of limiting my part of the exhibition to display work that was captured at a decisive moment. This is a slide show of some of the current candidates. Of course this could be entirely different by show time.
I am not really a fan of Cuckoo clocks. A German friend of mine told me they were just for tourists and are seldom found in German homes. I passed on the Cuckoo Clock Making Class that was part of our tour and spent my time in the glass works instead. However this clock was just amazing!
The Black Forrest always makes me think of Hansel and Gretel and delicious cake. Which is more interesting when you think that the witch in was pretty much gonna bake those kids. I knew we were going to the Forrest to see nature and cuckoo clocks and I am not really enamored of cuckoo clocks but do love nature so I was in.
I didn’t spend much time looking at clocks though because I found the glass works. I have always been impressed with the art of glass blowing and glass sculpture. The craftsman here were maybe not as good as the ones we saw in Biot, France but they were amazing artists all the same.
If you know me you know that like most people I am kinda shy about being photographed. When I was in my 20’s or 30’s I didn’t mind it so much. It was before surgeries and hair growing out of unusual places. I am still kind of fit and flexible for my age but don’t like the camera on me much. So selfies are not my thing. I don’t mind the occasional selfie but tend to think I am just screwing up the view of what I want to share. I don’t mind the vanity of others and kind of find it amusing.
So here is a selfie of me in The Indiana Cafe in Paris at Guerre Montparnasse in 2011. It is actually a refection off of a table, I am the foreground blob, you can see the waitress talking to my wife and a man standing up to my left. This is my kind of self portrait. I have posted some others below.