Feliz Cinco de Mayo! Celebrating the Battle of Puebla

Cinco de Mayo – Puebla

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.

Battle of Puebla Celebration

Cinco de Mayo in Puebla, Mexico

Puebla, Mexico

Treasures from Puebla: Trees of Life

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).

Beautiful & Familiar

Prague, Czech Republic

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.

Detroit, Michigan

Puebla, Mexico

Vysehrad, Prague, Czech Republic

Santa Fe, New Mexico

A Wonderful Year

Atlixco, Mexico

2011 has been a wonderful year and as it comes to an end I wanted to share one of my favorite travel images from the past 12 months. I had the good fortune of traveling to Puebla for the first time and spent an afternoon in the beautiful town of Atlixco, where this shot was taken. In many ways, I hope 2012 is like this trip, full of time spent with wonderful people, new experiences, exciting adventures, and plenty of fun.

Wishing everyone a happy and healthy 2012 full of new adventures!

Street Scenes

Atlixco, Mexico

When traveling, I love taking shots of street scenes, capturing views so completely different than what I see stepping out of my front door everyday. These images instantly take me back to the cities I visited, recalling the explorations, encounters, and adventures of far away places.

Prague, Czech Republic

Wandering and getting lost in a city’s winding streets is my favorite way to get to know a place. Whether it’s a main street, where I feel I am part of the hustle and bustle of the city, or a quiet, hidden corner only the locals frequent, I never know who or what I will find.

Czech Republic

Nice to Meet You

Prague, Czech Republic

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.

Puebla, Mexico

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoy my photos as much as I enjoyed taking them.

New York, NY