Exploring Mexico

Images of Mexico Part VI

Photographs and Text by John Todd, Jr.

Note: Mexico is a big country. It can only be described as a sensual mosaic of different scenes of people and landscapes. Soft pastels and hard colors are seen and felt in the emotions of the people. Beautiful as the soft music of a romantic trio in the evening or a hard ranchera. The laughter of a people who love their children and celebrate life in the streets and their homes. If you look at a map of Mexico and the US, you might describe the US as the mind and logic, and Mexico is the heart.

Bus Station
Mexican Trailride
Near Cd. Acuņa, Coahuila
Mexican Trailride
On a Saturday afternoon out in the middle of the desert

Out of nowhere appeared a black and white Federal Highway Patrol who stopped all traffic

Then there appeared "Cabalgata", or trailride. There must have been 300 people.

It was a parade out in the middle of nowhere. Just for us!
Twin Palms
Twin Palms
Near Cuitlahuac, Veracruz
Twin Palms
One day this was in plain view of everyone travelling the toll road from Veracruz to Orizaba.

I think I was the only one who stopped to take a picture.
Two Sisters
The Older Sister
Villahermosa, Tabasco
The Older Sister
In Mexico families are large and close. The older brothers and sisters take care of the younger ones.
Samantha
A Special Day with a Friend
Villahermosa, Tabasco
A Special Day
This is a special day for Samantha, and she wore her favorite dress for the occasion and asked me to take her picture.
Samantha
Samantha
Villahermosa, Tabasco
Samantha
Samantha saw me with the camera and asked me to take this picture.

She is also proud that sheīs taking English in school and tried out a few words on me.
LaVirgen
La Virgen y Diosito
Orizaba, Veracruz
"La Virgen y Diosito"
Religious statues are pure in virtue.

This is the Virgen del Rosario in the Cathedral in Orizaba.
Zacatecas
From El Cerro de la Bufa
Zacatecas at Dawn
Zacatecas at Dawn
From high above the City of Zacatecas on the Cerro de la Bufa Pancho Villa bombarded the rich silver mining city of Zacatecas with his field artillery. The city gave up quickly.

Because of its 11,000 ft. altitude the weather is always cool, even in the summertime. When we got up early one November morning there was frost on our car.

It was a rather cloudy day. Just as I looked over the wall down at the city, a ray of sunshine illuminated one of the churches down below.

The city has made a serious effort to paint and clean up the city and has been declared a World Heritage City. I love Zacatecas and its people.
Tegologos
Tegologos
Lake Catemaco, Veracruz
Tegologos
We stopped for gas at the Pemex station in Catemaco, Veracruz, and saw a stand selling "Tegologos".

We decided to try some of the local treat.

Mr. Pelayo said the snails are a local variety from Lake Catemaco.
Tegologos
Tegologos in a Cup
Lake Catemaco, Veracruz
Tegologo in a Cup
Want to know what a "Tegologo" tastes like?

Ever have a shrimp cocktail?

Well, substitute the shrimp, for morsels of snail meat.

It didnīt taste bad.
Old Man
An Old Man
Chichila, Guerrero
An Old Man
Old people in Mexico have character.

Maybe itīs because there are so few of them.
Baby Jesus
The Christ Child
El Lencero, Veracruz
The Christ Child
We were touring the hacienda at El Lencero, near Xalapa, and in the beautiful little chapel we saw the Christ Child on the Altar.

When we got a little closer we noticed something unusual.

Someoneīs favorite Christmas Teddy Bear.

The other unusual thing was this was in the month of August.

I think we were the only visitors that day, so it was no big deal. Mexico is that way sometimes.
Jalopy
Country Pickup
Tepeaca, Puebla
Stranded
Sometimes you get stranded in the countryside and accept a ride from a person who lives in the area. Any port in a storm.

You get into the old manīs pickup truck and you wonder if youīll get there.

His jalopy might break down, too.

Then, you say a silent prayer to the saint pasted to the dashboard and off you go.

For some reason, you get to town OK.
Spring Rain
After a Spring Rain
Plan de las Hayas, Veracruz
After a Spring Rain
Exchanging a little gossip in the afternoon after a refreshing monsoon shower.

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