At The Beach

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.

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At The Beach

Mexican Beauty

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.

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Mexican Beauty

Candidate #20—Dos Sombreros

I am going to be posting images that I may have posted before with a candidate # thereby collecting a list of what I feel would be likely candidates to print for a gallery show of new images of only digital photography. Right now I am focusing on images that are photojournalistic in nature. This image was taken at a beach in Quinatana Roo near Tulum Mexico during the winter of 2015. Please feel free to leave comments if you agree or disagree about including them in a “best of” list.

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 Dos Sombreros

Dos Sombreros

Templo Del Alacrán

The Templo del Alacran is located adjacent to The Westin Lagunamar Ocean Resort atop Cancún’s highest peak. It is not much of a peak but one of the few cliffs in Cancún that looks out toward the Caribbean Sea. It is also known as the Scorpion’s Temple. Scorpions are a special animal in the Mayan culture. It is believed that this ruin may have been a lighthouse for the city of Tulum although it may have predated the existence of Tulum. This picture was taken at sunrise.

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Templo Del Alacrán

Templo Del Alacrán

La Playa Paraiso

After visiting Tulum, we went to a lovely beach on the Riviera Maya called La Playa Parariso. The sand was pure white and the reef that runs for 70 miles along the coast offers gentle waves and warm waters. There was a nice little beach club offering drinks and traditional Mexican fare. I can’t wait to go back.

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Holding Court on the Beach

Holding Court on the Beach

Dos Sombreros

Dos Sombreros

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.

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The Kings House

On The Cliffs

On The Cliffs

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Upside Down Man

Upside Down Man

I am The Iguana!

I can not see an iguana without thinking of the character that Tim Kazurinsky created on Saturday Night Live in the 1980’s. There are Iguanas all over Mexico. We had one near our condo which we named Iggy Pop for some unknown reason. We found this gal in ruins of Tulum Mexico. I found out that the females are smooth like this and the males have spikes along their spine.

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The Iguana

The Iguana