Thursday, March 12, 2009

Shadow Shot Sunday 5 - Zacatecas

Mexico is blessed with fine colonial towns and architecture the length and breadth of the country, and Zacatecas is indeed a jewel in the crown. It has a fine pink cathedral with ornate stone carvings on its facade, infinitely colourful charming streets, and wonderful museums and art galleries - one of the best being the mask museum. It is a cultured and sophisticated place boasting a fine Easter Arts festival involving a wide array of eclectic music performances and exhibitions ( many of which are free)
Historically, it is a former silver city located in the Northern deserts of the country some nine hours away from Mexico City, and in its heyday managed to produce 20% of Nueva Espana's silver from its mines. The Eden Mine is well worth a visit for its store of history, but also if you fancy a unique evening out, as it boasts its very own nightclub, Disco El Malacate, deep, deep underground, with amazing acoustics!!
This shadow shot shows one of the appealing winding streets in Zacatecas, and I was somewhat intrigued by why this young man was walking along with a cardboard box totally covering his head and chest!! Any ideas??
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14 comments:

Cecile/DreamCreateRepeat said...

He has the box balanced on his head (sort of like a hat) and draped down his back (not chest). As the mother of teen-aged sons (and he is either a teen or a young man judging by the shoes) I would guess it was just the most effortless way to get the box where it needed to be!

: )

Hey Harriet said...

I'll have to call you 'speedy-shadow-shootin'-gonzales!' hehe. I'm still drafting the SSS post :)

Great shot! I've no idea why that man has a box on his head. Could he be hiding from that little doggy beside him? Maybe the dog is a stray and the man is worried that he'll follow him all the way home & then forget to find his way back to his rightful owner. So the man thinks that if he covers his head with a cardboard box he will trick the dog & deter him from following him any further. Yup. I'm now certain that's what's going on :)

Yvonne said...

Great shot. My hubby and I just took a trip to Mexico. The picture you captured is what I longed to experience. Unfortuntaly, we were overcome by the normal peddling of the ultimate tourist traps.

Fly Girl said...

Nice shot. It looks like he's sheilding himself rom the sun to me!

Pagan Sphinx said...

What a great capture! I'm so glad I came by. I so want to visit New Mexico.

Hey Harriet said...

Oh I just realised you hadn't added your link to Mr Linky. Just popped it in now for you. Better late than never! :D

Lantaw said...

Great street photography! I haven't got the foggiest why he is doing that :)

travelandtrips said...

Great post..
Mexico is amazing..
Nice experience..
=)
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Catherine said...

Harriet - thanks I had to post mine early this week as I was away for a long weekend, and had no internet access to click in the link...so thanks very much for doing that for me....much appreciated...

Catherine said...

Hi cecile, Flygirl,Lantaw, Yvonne, Pagan sphinx, travelandtips...thanks for taking the time to stop by and leave some comments...much appreciated

Pagan Sphinx said...

I have an award for your blog at The Pagan Sphinx. Okay if you don't accept such things.

Best,
Gina

Gallery Juana - ギャラリー ワナ said...

Zacatecas sure is a beautiful city to visit. I lived there for four years and met some wonderful people. I think it is slowly being discovered by International tourists. Great shot!

A Cuban In London said...

Beautiful shot, catherine. I love those arches.

Greetings from London.

Don Cuevas said...

I love Zacatecas, and Guanajuato, too.

Why did they build Zacatecas so far from nearly everywhere else?

Saludos,
Don Cuevas