Friday, April 8, 2011

Shadow Shot 99 - Oaxaca


I am a fan of folk art - especially Mexican folk art, and here from Oaxaca are the delightful alebrijes - animals often fantastical, carved from wood and painted in vivid bright colours.....Each year there is a parade of giant alebrijes down the streets of central Mexico City before they take up residence in Reforma for a week long exhibition....










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21 comments:

Joanna said...

I also love those alebrijes. I have a few on my mantel. Wouldn't it be nice to see that parade you're talking about. I do enjoy your blog Catherine.

...louciao... said...

Fantastico! Even the shadows seem to have a vibrant life of their own.

cocomino said...

How impressive! I have never seen these design. I may flash an idea into my mind due to this post.

blogitse said...

Wow, artsy and colorful, just beautiful!

Kathe W. said...

Catherine- your photos are such a visual treat- how do you make those collages?
Have a great weekend Kathe.

Ms. Becky said...

what a bright spot in the world this is. I'm happy you've shared your beautiful world. have a great weekend.

Ralph said...

The colors are bold and plentiful. The quills are beautiful, the shadows only mute the scene. The mix of design and shade is so unique, were things that colorful up here!

frayedattheedge said...

These are amazing - wonderful colours!

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy said...

Catherine, those are beautiful. I used to have a blue cat from there, and now I am wondering what happened to it. thanks so much for the vibrant colors this morning.

Happy SSS,

Kathy M.

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

Your photos awake the wanderlust in me! I'm ready to return to Mexico, even though I was there only three weeks ago. What is there about this land that is so enchanting?

WELCOME THE SHADOWS

Welcome the shadows surrounding your life,
Treat them as lover or husband or wife;
Welcome them in as you would one who’s dear;
Hug them, embrace them without any fear;
Honor, respect them, and give them their due,
For shadow and light are both parts of you.


© 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher

Deep Shadows Beckon

indiajourney said...

!! your photos make me feel like jumping on to the next airplane to mexico... vibrant and colourful!

The Summer Kitchen Girls said...

What fun!! Now if they don't catch your attention, we don't know what would - we love colors that bowl you over when you see them!!

Beverley Baird said...

These are gorgeous - the colours of the creatures are so vibrant! Great shadows for the week as well!
Have a wonderful weekend!

☆Mama Ko☆ said...

These are very colorful photos

Visit my Husband and son's Shadow. Thanks

EG Wow said...

Mexican folk art is so colourful and so different from most of what I see in Canada. I love it too!

I'm late this week (EW!) so thought I'd better send you my link:
http://moreofme24.blogspot.com/2011/04/stained-glassshadow-shot-sunday.html

sarayutouched said...

very cool things happen in your parts of the world. this is awesome!! great color and excitment.

Joan said...

That would be very cool to see!

Paula Scott said...

What a cool concept for a parade! Whether the parade started the tradition or the tradition started a parade, either way, we win!

forgetmenot said...

Wow, what bright, colorful images. I would love to watch THAT parade!!! Nice post. Mickie :)

Catherine said...

thanks for all your comments this week - lovely to read them all - I am away travelling at present down the west coast of the USA by train - Seattle to San Francisco -look forward to checking out all your blogs when I get back...

Vhen said...

nice photos...

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