Welcome to Monte Alban

High above the valley of Oaxaca lies the ancient city of the Zapotec civilization – Monte Alban. Arqueologists believe that it was founded around 500BC but it was abandoned by the time the Spaniards arrived. All that was left was this magnificent city and its temples.

Mexico, Central America, and South America have so many of these ancient cities and exploring them is quite the adventure. I have already been to Chichen Itza (twice), Machu Pichuu, Teotihuacan, Tulum (many times), and Coba (twice). Still left on the list are Palenque, Tikal, Uxmal and Copan. And I’m sure there is a lost city of Amazonian super woman somewhere that is waiting for me to discover it.

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Grand Avenue Skyscrapers

I know the LA skyline doesn’t get as much love as the skyscrapers of NY but I never tire of photographing them. And it is currently undergoing a massive transformation. I still remember as recently as 10 years ago how different it was. Now there are all these fancy new skyscrapers being built all over downtown. And really old buildings are being cleaned up and converted to swanky residential lofts. I am excited by it all. It will give me an excuse to hang out there more often and keep taking photos.

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Nadya's Side Of The RoadFebruary 10, 2014 - 5:24 pm

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By the Light of the Playacar Moon

I never get tired of photographing beaches. I previously posted a photo from this night in Playacar. I have many more but this was one of my favorites. On this one, I really liked the striking moon and how it came down and brushed its light over the water.

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The Golden Light of the Church

Way down in old Mexico in the state of Oaxaca is the town of Santa Ana Tlapacoyan. Here is your typical old Mexican town where time seems like it has stood still. Many of these old towns tend to be very similar. They have only one entrance into town and they usually have their little plaza right in the center of town. And while most folks live in humble homes, the most ornate building will most likely be the town church. I took this photo on my evening walk. There was a warm glow emanating from within inviting all to enter. I just took the photo and kept walking. There was some hot chocolate waiting for me at my destination.

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Tequila Sunset

You know which are the best kind of friends to have? The ones that call you on a Thursday afternoon and say “Want to go down to Rosarito? It’s just going to be a couple of guys, hanging out and having a drink.” The only sensible answer is “Heck yea!” This is my buddy Gerardo thanking the heavens for the glorious sunset. Either that or he was grateful that we hadn’t finished all the beer.

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Capitolio de La Habana

The Capital building of Havana towers over the nearby streets and residential buildings. It was modeled after the US Capitol and was the center of government from its construction in 1928 until the Cuban revolution of 1959. Since then it has been used as the Ministry of Science and Technology. Although, I have to admit that the few times I have been to Cuba and wanted to take a tour inside, it was always closed. Oh well, I’ll just have to go back and try again.

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La Jolla Sunset on the Rocks

This is one of my favorite California beaches. If you are looking for a nice place to enjoy a California sunset, you can’t go wrong with La Jolla. The waves come thundering in and crash against the rocks while you enjoy the warm hues of the setting sun. This group of guys were standing on the edge of the rock and I thought they were going to be swept away by a giant wave. They were tossing a frisbee back and forth and one of them was even strumming a ukelele. Only in California. 

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El Palacio de Bellas Artes

If you are ever in Mexico City, make it a point to visit the grand Palace of Fine Arts (El Palacio de Bellas Artes). It is considered the most significant cultural center in all of Mexico. Outside you can admire the art nouveau architecture while inside you can gaze upon wonderful murals by Diego Rivera, David Siquieros and Jose Orozco. Check the schedule and you just might luck out and catch an art exhibit or a concert by the famed Ballet Folklorico de Mexico. Then when you are all done, go for a stroll next door at the recently renovated Alameda Central park. Have an ice cream while you see all the kids playing near the lovely fountains.

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El Arbol del Tule

About 10km East of Oaxaca is the little town of Santa Maria del Tule. On the grounds of the local church is a 2,000 year old tree that has generated many legends. Known as the “Arbol del Tule”, the Zapotecs believe that it was originally planted by the Aztec god of rain. It measures an incredible 138 ft. in circumference. Wow, that’s like 30 people holding hands together around the tree. With its bark and branches contorting this way and that, locals have come to find different characters between its limbs. There is the deer, the jaguar, the elephant, the owl, and the hobbit house among others. Look at it closely and see how many you can spot.

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The OneTen Skyline

If you ever want to see the crazy LA traffic up close and personal, head to downtown. This is the 4th Street overpass with the OneTen freeway running below. While it’s technically the OneHundredTen (110) freeway, in California we never refer to them by their actual numerical name. That is why the FourHundredFive (405) is referred to as the Four-O-Five. And you also have the TwoTen, the SevenTen, the Six-O-Five. Then there is the One-O-One (101). Notice how it’s not even called the One-Zero-One? Seriously, who came up with these names??

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Electric LA Blue » PixamundoFebruary 27, 2014 - 1:19 am

[…] this photo on Instagram and it was kind of a big hit. I had already posted the full color version before. Sometimes I like to mess around and convert my photos to Black & White and see what the […]

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