Saturday, March 7, 2009

Shadow Shot Sunday 4 - Copper Canyon

I am lucky that I live in a world of strong light and vibrant colour, so I didn't have to travel far to take this week's shadow shot. it is simply the rays of light from my balcony striking the open venetian blinds and hitting the bed. The piece of fabric covering the bed, however, has travelled a great distance; all the way from the Copper Canyon in the far, far north of Mexico.

It is the work of the indigenous Indian people called the Tarahumara who still live traditional lives in the isolated canyons; many still in caves and log cabins. They wear and produce brightly coloured, patterned textiles, and are famous for their long distance running ability. Running is central to the culture, and they still play a gruelling type of ball game, which involves marathon footraces through the canyons without stopping, kicking a rough ball ahead.

The Copper Canyon is a series of breathtakingly beautiful canyons - about twenty in total, which together are larger than the Grand Canyon; and nine are deeper. The way to see these captivating canyons is to take Mexico's last great train ride - the Ferrocarril Chihuahua - 655km from Los Mochis on the Sea of Cortez, to the city of Chihuahua itself in the deep heartland of Northern Mexico's interior. It is indeed a most scenic journey, with many enchanting little stops along the way, where you can hike, trek and go horseriding deep into the canyons.

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18 comments:

Lily Hydrangea said...

this shot is so inviting & colorful. I love it.

Sylvia K said...

Really a beautiful, colorful shadow shot! I lived in San Miguel de Allende for a year and traveled all over that historical area and loved it! This brought back some great memories! Thanks for sharing. Have a great week!

Thoughtfully blended hearts said...

Your shot just proves that we have beauty right under our noses...I'm hoping to open my own eyes to lots more of it...Thanks for your visit to Thoughtfully Blended Hearts, I'll certainly be returning ...

Rinkly Rimes said...

Not just shadows and vibrancy but an interesting account.

Olga said...

I like how geometric the photo is!

Sweet Repose said...

What a feast for the eyes...our sun is finally getting a little brighter, as it climbs it's way to Spring...yippee!!!

Hey Harriet said...

What a lovely display of shadows against something so colourful. I really like the perfect shadow pattern. Very cool! :)

twobarkingdogs said...

Lovely photo! Thanks for sharing.

bobbie said...

Very beautiful shadows and very beautiful fabric.

Christine said...

That's a beautiful shadow shot, Catherine. The colors are wonderful, especially to a north coaster like myself.

Nice to "meet" you! Thanks for stopping by my blog. Many years ago, in another life entirely, I had a folk art store and we carried several violins made by the Tarahumara. I've not been to Copper Canyon, but it's still on my list of things to do in my life.

ZenDotStudio said...

I love the way the shadow creates a new pattern, dark line against the vibrant colours. Great eye to catch that!

Carin said...

Love the colours of that bedcover! Great shadow shot.

It must be a big experience living in Mexico!

John said...

Lovely shadow capture!

Simon Burgess said...

Hey Catherine,

Great blog...that is a great photo.

I especially like the signage shots you took...the variety and ingeniousness of some signs here is awesome.

I'm also a brit who's lived here in DF for a similar amount of time and the contrast between the colours of Mexico and the various shades of grey of many parts of Britain is astounding...although I do miss the verdent greens of the Cotswolds.

As well as enjoying your blog, I wanted to make sure that you´d seen the new www.insidemex.com website. I think you'd like it, especially the multi media section where we have a load of slide shows and videos about Mexico.

Let me know what you think,

Saludos,

Simon

The Summer Kitchen Interiors said...

What great fabric on your bed! What luck to live with so much color in your surroundings! Great shadow too!!

Catherine said...

Hi fellow Sunday shadow shotters...thanks for all your kind and apprecitive comments... very generous...

Catherine said...

Hi Simon... thanks for stopping by the blog... and yes will be in contact via Inside Mex..thanks for the details...

Island pepperpot said...

Thanks for sharing great blog