What were several pieces of wood have been transformed into this magnificent door.
Inspired by a recent blog on doors in Cuba, I could not resist the urge to seek out some of the doors of Puerto Vallarta. Both fall under the influence of the Spanish, so the similarities are evident. So with camera in hand, I set out on my next mission.
The majority of the doors are constructed of wood, are big, and heavy, but add to the bold edifice of many of the buildings. The craftsmanship is evident and is typical of colonial Spanish architecture. Cement, stone and steel are the materials of choice, with wood kept to those areas where aesthetics are desirable, and offer a bold embellishment.
Not all doors are ornate, big and impressive, as evidenced by the last picture. However, it is totally wrong to judge by what you initially see. The simplest of doors may hold many surprises, as we have found out.
We have found that the people of Mexico are proud and hard working, and more than welcome you into their homes and businesses, regardless of the door you pass through.
Is makin’ me late
Is keepin’ me waiting.
As if we don’t have enough on our plate, what with Christmas just around the corner, packing for our trip to Mexico on January 11th, we have to have all our possessions packed and ready for the movers on January 6th, in preparation for our move to British Columbia next summer.
But we can do this. I am reminded of that fact every time I look outside at the 30 cm of snow and the -10c temps.
But here is just three of the reasons of many why this will come together.
Reason number two.
And reason number three.
I can practically smell the salt water from here!!!
Well, maybe not quite that far. But it is about 4000 kilometers far. All the way to the west coast of Canada. Just beyond the horizon. I know it is there because Maggie and I spent a month this past summer travelling the provinces of Alberta and British Columbia. I fell in love with B.C., and Maggie is from Vancouver Island. The decision to head the wagons west next summer seemed like the next chapter in our love for exploring the great outdoors.
Someone once said if you set your horizon to far out, it becomes unobtainable, too close, and you face disappointment when you get there. Well, we have both been there, and the place worked its magic. I know that we have made the right decision. We are going to have the opportunity to meet new people, hike new trails and to just immerse ourselves in a new New Horizon.
The pictures below are just a few of the thousands we took. Please enjoy.
Kamloops Lake, B.C.
Thompson River south of Kamloops, B. C.
Sunwapta Falls, Jasper National Park, Alberta.
Travelling down the Icefields Parkway
Athabasca Glacier, Columbia Icefield, B.C.
View from Sulphur Rdige, Miette Hot Spings, Jasper National Park.
Lake Louise, Banff, Alberta
En route to Vancouver island.
Haida totem poles, Capalano Suspension bridge park, B.C.
Grizzly Bear, Grouse Mountain, B.C.
Red cedar, Cathedral Grove, MacMillan Provincial Park, Vancouver Island.
Trail at Cathedral Grove, Vancouver Island, B.C.
Black bear on route to Sunpeaks, B.C.
I do not usually make a habit of taking a picture of a complete stranger without their OK or at least their knowing it. BUT, sometimes the temptation is just too great, as evidenced by this pic from last winter in Mexico. If he is still there when we go down in January, I’ll get a little worried (LOL). Maybe, just maybe, I can learn to relax in a like manner! Cheers.
I believe in magic. And why not. Magic has been around since the first wand was waved. It was there when I was growing up, and it is still there; and I am still growing. I have aged ever so slightly, but not too old to not be mystified and transformed by words, the world and wisdom.
And I am talking about real magic here; pure, unadulterated, fairy popping , magic! Not illusion – illusion as defined by Webster is something that is false or not real but seems to be true or real. This is magic in it’s most honest sense. Magic that has the power to influence the course of events by employing mysterious forces.
Now let’s bring this along to a personal level. Into my life enters a lady that has worked magic. That has made things happen that science could probably find an answer for, but that would ruin all my fun. Magic has entered my life, and I like it. I have been touched; by her words and her heart, with kindness, caring and honesty. And in other ways. I have been intrigued, excited, my curiosity piqued, my being challenged. But above all, there is a stirring in my soul. I have had a whole new world presented magically to me; it was always there, but I was blind to it. I have been smitten by the power of one….. and love.
After my divorce, I became bottled up in my own anger and regret. I felt alienated, and did not want to associate with anybody. But that is not how life works. In time, I welcomed a new person into my life and the magic began. I feel like I have had a spell cast over me; one of love, kindness, patience and understanding.
I didn’t know it at the time, but I was on a journey, misunderstood by some, but it was mine, not theirs to make sense of. This journey is far from over. Oh, that magic, it is still weaving it’s spell.
So,… there is a word I don’t see every day, or use for that matter. Now, what examples to find. As one fellow blogger put it “yikes”.
Into the archives. After much pawing about, I came up with a few pics that I hope will fit the bill. See what you think.
My first find was discovered this past summer washed up on the beach at Tofino, British Columbia. Transformed by wind and water over a number of years into this rather grotesque sculpture. I suspect it was at one time part of the root of a western red cedar. How long it was there is anybody’s guess; subject to the comings and goings of tide and time.
This one caught my eye as we were walking through Vancouver. And you thought windows were flat! Reminds me of the mirrors in the fun house at a carnival.
These two I have used before, but they are fun and shows what can happen when one has a shaky grip on the camera. We are not being invaded here, just the moon on the move.
So there you have it. I’m sure I could find other pics, but that digging I will leave up to you. Cheers. Transmogrify
I’m gonna let it shine….. Stephen H. Scott
While on our way to Mexico last year, these two sites caught my eye. The one on the left (the serpent) is near Gainesville Missouri, and the other is over Prairie Du Rocher, Illinois. The sun was just in the right place to make these locations shine.
This night scene in Puerto Vallarta was too tempting to pass by. The play of light and shadows shouted, take a picture. There are not too many street lights in PV, but this one worked its magic.
The little body of water by a local trail jumped to life when sunshine flooded through a break in the clouds. The sun is also responsible for the reflection on the cow bell, creating its own circle of light. Though the salt lamp struggles to shine,giving off more of a glow than anything, its light is very warming.
As the day comes to a close, an evening ritual takes place. The rays soften and they beckon us to share their last few moments. It is pure magic. The shine may be off for the day, but the memory lingers.
With apologies to Samuel Taylor Coleridge, we live, for the most part in a very watery world. It is the giver of life; but for how much longer? The level of pollution in our streams, lakes and oceans is simply not apparent to most people. We grab our glass or bottle of highly processed H2O and think nothing of it.
And yet, for the most part, we, and the environment around us flourish. For now.
Water can be for fun/pleasure, a sustainer of life, a safe environment for wildlife, provider of food, a means of employment, a thing of beauty, and a destroyer of life.
As for myself, and I hope also for most of you who read this blog, the well has not run dry. I can only hope for future generations that the life stream will still be there.
So raise your glass with the elixir of life, but remember, fish were there first, and we all know what they do in water!!H2O