Saturday, February 28, 2009

Friday, February 27, 2009

Carnaval Float Figures

Because it was dark and artificial lights along the route made taking photos a bit difficult, I have few reproducable images but here are a few of the many figures on the floats in the parade.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Adult Revelers

Everyone gets into the act; Carnaval is enjoyed by everyone!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Carnaval Children

Children love Carnaval!

"Children make you want to start life over." ~Muhammad Ali

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

The Crowd

This is a shot of just a small section of the miles-long crowds forming along the Malecon hours before the parade started. We were lucky to be above the crowds on a condo terrace owned by friends of ours. It, too, was crowded with other tenants and their friends, families, and visitors. I suspected that Jaime who hates crowds was not as enthralled with the festivities as I.

"Every crowd has a silver lining."
- P. T. Barnum

Monday, February 23, 2009

Carnaval Mask

Carnaval began its week of festivities on February 19th. The decorations were not as elaborate as they have been in previous years, but a restaurant on the Plaza Machado added one of their own above its entrance.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Friday, February 20, 2009

The Musicians

On Friday evenings during the month of February, students in the Youth Musicians Program at Iglesia Christiana perform at 6pm. The youngest members play first, and these young chicos are first year students. Some of the older students were there to assist the younger ones plus play and perform their own music selections, too.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

100 Strangers #7

Parker from Portland, Oregon was passing through Mazatlán on his way to Panama when I encountered him on the street in front of the English Reading Library. Parker has been travelling for four months and will continue 'til he said, "My money runs out." He has plenty of gear on his bicycle, and he was looking for youth hostel. Hope he makes it all the way to Panama!!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

100 Strangers Project #6

When I was still in Minnesota and posting from my VisualStPaul blog, I decided to participate in Flickr's group that approached strangers to photograph. The objective was to become more comfortable asking someone you don't know for a photograph and also to perfect your technique in the process. I decided to resume the project on this blog also, and I will occasionally post a photo of a stranger with information about them.

We met Kela and her novio (boyfriend) in a store in Zona Dorado when Jaime was looking to buy Cuban cigars. Manuel was the primary clerk who typically made a hard sell while Kela sat demurely on the side. Before I photographed her, he nodded approval. We had an interesting chat about the current state of business and the economics re. tourist trade. Jaime incidentally left with 3 cigars.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Dos Chicas Bonitas

The two little girls obviously are our neighbors. They knocked on the door and asked if they could get their "balloon" off our roof. The little one on the upper rung of the spiral steps was quite giggly. Although they were reluctant to speak much English, I suspect that it's better than my Spanish! We hope to see them again in the neighborhood.

Monday, February 16, 2009

The Diver

On March 26, 2007 I published the lower left photo from guest photographer and friend, Roger Evert. The young men of Mazatlan are still diving from this platform, a risky business. Last week while strolling the Malecon I saw another young man poised on the platform, and I took the top photo right after he dove into the ocean. He safely emerged and then climbed to the top to do it all over again. A dangerous display to earn pesos from impressed tourists.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Reaching For the Moon...

On Sunday, February 8th, I watched the full moon from my casita terrace. Because I am still experimenting with my digital camera, I decided to take multiple snaps that night. Here are the results; I still have a lot to learn!

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Valentine's Day

Because February 17 is our wedding anniversary, I decided to post this on Valentine's Day. Who would have thought that 47 years later (yes, 47!!) we would be celebrating this momentous occasion in Mazatlán, México?!

Friday, February 13, 2009

Judicial de la Federacion

This very large modern building stands out in El Centro, primarily because its architecture is so different from all the older buildings surrounding it.

Thursday, February 12, 2009


All this statuary is in front of a private home. Click on the small image to see the wide array of sculptures. Somewhat remarkable. Even more remarkable is the presence of three Jaguars parked in the garage!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

The Twins

While in Mazatlán I volunteer at the English Reading library and Jaime volunteers at Amigos de los Animales. Both of us are involved with fund raisers to relieve the lives of stray street animals. Interested animal lovers who live and visit here help, for example, by capturing strays (often bedraggled, sick, neglected, and frightened), taking them to vets, neutering, and, in the case of cats, releasing the animals after the surgery. One individual has, in addition, provided a "kitty orphanage" on the roof of her apartment building. If she had not found them, rescued them, and provided for their health and well-being, these twins certainly would have died. She now has 11 orphans, hoping that some people will adopt each one.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

La Playa

This is another painting that I particularly like. Another friend of mine owns similar versions of yesterday's and today's paintings, and has become a collector of Loretta Gallacci's artwork.

Monday, February 09, 2009

Calle Típica en Mazatlán

I have many favorite paintings, but this one is special because it is so typical of the streets in El Centro. This is one of Loretta Gallacci's paintings.

Sunday, February 08, 2009

Art Crawl #1

From November to May on the First Fridays of the month, several artists open their studios from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. in El Centro Mazatlán, México. These oil paintings are in a studio belonging to a artist friend of mine, Loretta Gallacci. Come back to see my favorite paintings on Monday and Tuesday.

Saturday, February 07, 2009

Another view

Looking in another direction, this view is a bit different from the one I posted on Tuesday, January 3. Laundry hanging from lines on rooftops is a common domestic sight.

Friday, February 06, 2009

The Potter

During Carnaval in Mazatlan many activities take place in and around the Plaza Machado, the focal point of downtown El Centro. While buying our tickets at the box office for one of the musical evenings at the Angela Peralta Theatre, we noticed this man, giving a display of his art form. Quite a crowd had gathered to watch him. Did any of you guess what he was doing when I introduced you to him last Wednesday?

Thursday, February 05, 2009

Thursday Night Entertainment

There are lots of different kinds of entertainment in Mazatlán: fine restaurants, street food carts, sports bars, cinemas, theatres, night clubs and many others. Our favorite restaurant, Te Amo Lucy, has a special Thursday night show...old episodes of The Twilight Zone!! This is where we'll spend part of our evening while eating Lucy's delicious food (or the special sandwich...the price is in pesos, not US$).

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

What's He Doing?

Can you guess what this man is doing? Come back on Friday, and I'll show you what he's doing!

Tuesday, February 03, 2009


The top photo is a side view of the main Cathedral in El Centro as seen in the distance from my terrace. The small photo is a partial view of the front of the Cathedral. "This large 19th-century cathedral, right in the heart of Old Mazatlán, has high, yellow twin towers, a dramatic interior and some beautiful statues. Built from 1875 to 1890, it faces the Plaza Principal, which has lush trees and a bandstand." (from The Lonely Planet website)

Monday, February 02, 2009

Angel Flores

Angel Flores is a street with an incline that is not as steep as some of the other calles which are nearby on Icebox Hill. It's a midget compared with the killer hill on the final block to mi casita. I'll be in great shape when I return home, though! Many of the flower boxes on this street, unfortunately, are empty. When all the boxes are filled and when the flowers are in bloom against the stone wall, the street is a wonderfully beautiful sight. The smaller photo gives you an idea of the blossoms when in bloom and in abundance.