Thursday, June 15, 2006

Weekly set of pictures

Hmm, these weekly picture sets seem to be getting later each week. I'll try to get it sooner next week.

The bridge that marks the border between Puebla and Oaxaca. Okay, look at the two big main pillars in the middle of the picture. Now look just to the right of the pillar on the left. You see that little white blob? Well, it's a normal sized sedan. Now do you understand what I meant back when I said how big the bridge is?
The view across the central valley of Oaxaca. Teotitlan is on this side, and the picture looks across, from my friend's place, kind of to the other side.In reality Oaxaca city sits at the junction of three long valleys. One of the valley's extends out on the left side of the picture, which explains why that part isn't enclosed with mountains, too.
The 'river' underneath the big bridge above. If you enlarge the picture (click on it) and look closely at the hillsides you can see all the tall, thin cacti sticking up. They cover pretty much all the mountains in the area and look like a bunch of toothpicks sticking up.
A model in the Museum of Anthropology of what the religious/government part of the city of Tenochtitlan looked like. For those that don't know it, Tenochtitlan was the capital of the Aztec empire when Cortez came and conquered it. It was very. very advanced.
Chilaquiles for breakfast in Tehuacan, on the drive back from Mexico City. I don't believe I have mentioned this before, but in Mexico, Mexico City is always called simply "Mexico," the "D.F." (Districto Federal, or Federal District), or "Mexico, D.F." (kind of like Washington, District of Columbia, this would be Mexico, Federal District). Interestingly it is never called Mexico City.
The front door and part of the front of Santo Domingo cathedral.
Some of the rugs on display in Teotitlan.
A Oaxaca street in the evening.
The traditional method for grinding the cochineal insect. The red stuff is ground cochineal. In front are different things used to make dye. From left to right, pomegranate, indigo, marigold, dried cochineal (just to the left of the marigold, you can hardly see it), and walnut husk.
Look at the smile on that dog's face! I love this picture; the dog is just sitting there in the puddle in the middle of a small street in Zaachila looking as happy as can be.


Jan H. said...

Hey there, Tim! Your dad sent us your blog site. I LOVE reading about your time in Oaxaca and seeing the pictures. You are quite a good photographer and writer!! I can just imagine you riding all over the city on a bus now, ALONE!Erik would enjoy going back and doing what you are. Maybe some day. He'd also like to go back and visit Bolivia. He's off at a Young Life camp now, but once he gets back I'll be sure to show him your blogs. Enjoy your time and greet the Agees for us. Take Care, Jan H.

oaxacadad said...

Another great set of picture, Tim. Keep up the good work. It is worth the effort for many who now see Mexico and Oaxaca through a whole other set of eyes.

Oaxacamk said...

Nice to here from you! I hope Erik is doing well; I have some fond memories from when our families were here together. Hopefully I can come back next year, and maybe he can come then, too!


Carrie D. said...

Great pics and journaling Tim! As a Oaxaca mission's alumni (2 trips so far from Tulsa,OKLA, RCC where your family visited 2 yrs ago), I remember well the dogs and I always wondered about them... where do they live? They survive somehow... and some obviously have found a "cool" way to do it and stay happy, as you said. I was glad to see Jan H. comments... I have lost touch with her/Erik and Doug. Hopefully this can bring us back in communication with each other! Thanks for your blog !
Carrie D.

Anonymous said...

Mr. T. Great job with the pics and comments. It sounds like you are having fun. You are an adventurous lad. Keep up with the daily updates, they are fun to read. Mick

Oaxacamk said...

Carrie - I think it would be really interesting to see the ratio of dogs to humans in the small villages around Oaxaca. It must be pretty high!

Did you come down on a missions trip while we were down here? I remember we had at least one group from your church when we were here. Thanks a lot for commenting!