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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