Last year I had the good fortune to celebrate the Battle of Puebla, or Cinco de Mayo, in the beautiful city of Puebla itself. In the heart of central Mexico, the already colorful town came alive with a parade of vibrant floats, vivid costumes and festive music. People were gathered as far as they eye could see, everyone in good cheer, enjoying life in the sunshine.
City of Angels, Puebla
Nicknamed the City of Angels, this colonial town is full of gorgeous architecture and what seemed to be a church on every block. This makes a beautiful backdrop for enjoying excellent food, a rich local art scene, and time spent with friends and other friendly locals.
Cinco de Mayo
I’m missing Puebla today, spending this Cinco de Mayo back at home, but dreaming of a return visit to the City of Angels.
Part of travel for me is getting a glimpse of local art, and taking some home if I am lucky. I have developed a weakness for folk art and I had a field day shopping for it when in Puebla. Amongst the sea of beautiful Talavera pottery, turquoise jewelry, and handmade panchos were these magnificent, brightly colored, clay sculptures called Trees of Life.
Some were only a few inches tall and some were taller than me. The more traditional Trees of Life contained Biblical images, most often Adam & Eve, and looked likes candelabras. Other versions contained images of nature, representing the interconnectedness of all life.
Whatever the size, theme, or color scheme, they were all beautiful and I ended up taking two home (small ones that fit in my suitcase and my budget of course).
Ornate or simple, colorful or plain, places of worship come in all sizes and architectural styles, but one thing they have in common is that sense of peaceful solemnity inside. Wherever I am, whether visiting another state or someplace on the other side of the world, there’s a sense of familiarity when I walk into a church. I feel safe and at home.
Atlixco, Puebla, Mexico
Churches are one of my favorite subjects to photograph not only for their beauty, but also for the way they reveal a connection that crosses borders, cultures, and time.
I am starting my new blog today, focused on travel photography. There’s is nothing I love to do more than explore new cities and destinations with my camera. You will probably recognize some of the sights, but hopefully many of them will be new to you. Along with looking for new perspectives of popular locations, I love searching for interesting details and hidden corners of the world.
Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoy my photos as much as I enjoyed taking them.