Central Mexico City

Mexico City, Mexico, 22-24 August 2016

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We were staying in the middle of Mexico City at the Gran Hotel Cuidad de Mexico (Grand Hotel of Mexico City) which is at the Zocalo, the central square of the city.  I was impressed by the French art nouveau styling and the stained glass canopy, created in 1908.

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On our first night it was raining and this was a view from the end of a corridor near our room.

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The Catedral Metropolitana, at the north end of the square, through the rain.

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After visiting Frida Kahlo’s house, we returned to the hotel and then set off for the Museo de Templo Mayor.  On the way, we walked across to the eastern side of the Zocalo and visited the Palacio Nacional.  It was originally the Palace of Montezuma II and Cortes rebuilt it as a fortress.  It was rebuilt again after it was burned in the Hunger Riots of 1692.  The Aztecs had a carefully planned system to divert spring water so that Tenochtitlan was surrounded by fresh spring water rather than turgid lake water.  That also made surrounding agricultural land highly productive.  The Spanish understood none of this and destroyed the canal system, undermining the local environment and ultimately leading to the hunger riots.

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This is Diego Rivera’s grand mural of Mexican history around the main staircase. You may need to click on it to see the detail, which includes representations of Frida Kahlo, Karl Marx and John D Rockefeller in the left panel.

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More murals by Diego Rivera, showing the pre-Columbian era and post-conquest.

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This series of murals was never finished.

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An internal courtyard showing the scale of the building.

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From the Palacio Nacional we walked through the colourful streets of Mexico City towards the Museo de Templo Mayor.

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(The remains of the main temple of Tenochtitlan (the Templo Mayor) and our visit to the Museo de Templo Mayor follow in the next two posts).

 

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In the morning of our last day in Mexico City, we had time to visit the Museo Nacional de Arte.  You look up at this in the main hall.

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Looking up in one of the staircases, you see this much older spectacle.

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Frida Kahlo’s House

Mexico City, Mexico, 24 August 2016

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Frida Kahlo (self-portrait).

I presume that everyone reading this knows who Frida Kahlo was, but if you don’t or would like more information, have a look at this brief online biography.

These images are from a visit to the house that Frida grew up in, lived in for many years with Diego Rivera and died in.  It is now a museum.

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Puppet theatre near the front door.

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Painting by Diego Rivera.

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Frida Kahlo.

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Bedroom of Leon Trotsky during his exile in Mexico and of Diego Rivera towards the end of his life in the house.

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Dining room.

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Same view, but a wider angle with a fisheye lens.

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Staircase to the upper floor and recess with family portraits.

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Frida’s Studio.

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Frida’s bedroom.

An image I saw showed butterflies on the wall.  Perhaps they were removed because they were not there while she was alive.

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Toys of Frida’s infancy.

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Courtyard garden.

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Extension designed by Diego Rivera.

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Pyramid displaying pre-Hispanic pieces.

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Dresses that she wore.

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Jewellery and clothing items.

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Dresses.

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Undergarments.

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Apparatus to hold her together.  She had polio at 6, suffered lielong severe back injury from a traffic accident when she was 18 and had a leg amputated due to gangrene a year before she died.

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Poem by Patti Smith.  Perhaps difficult for some to read so it goes:

Naguchi’s Butterflies

I can not walk

I can not see

further than what

is in front of me

I lay on my back

yet I do not cry

transported in space

by the butterflies.

 

Above my bed

Another sky

with the wings you sent

Within my sight

all pain dissolves

In another light

Transported thru

Time

by the butterfly

 

This little song came to me

like a little gift as I stood

beside the bed of Frida.

I give it to you

with much love,

Patti Smith

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Meso-American assemblage in the courtyard.

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Geelong Botanic Gardens

17 September 2017, Geelong, Victoria

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We had a free day in Geelong and we visited the Art Gallery and the Botanic Gardens.  There was a very impressive exhibition at the Art Gallery of landscapes of Australian artist Fred Williams but no photographs were allowed in any case.

 

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Municipal pools by the sea on the way to the Botanic Gardens.

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Geelong Botanic Gardens, established in 1852 is the fourth oldest Botanic Gardens in Australia.

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Looking up at a giant redwood, planted in 1873.

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This is obviously the end of a fern but I didn’t photograph many labels, so I can’t tell you what most of these plants are.

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A view of the harbour on returning to our accommodation.

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Dodging a Deluge in Melbourne

14-15 September 2017, Melbourne, Victoria

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(There will also be a deluge of posts in the next ten days, then few or none for the following three weeks).

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The Australian Museum was near where we were staying in Melbourne so we went for a look.  What we didn’t anticipate was that it would be like a giant overloaded primary school (the attendees, not the exhibits).

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One thing that did intrigue me was these moving sculptures in an Aboriginal awareness section.  If I remember correctly they represented eagle spirits in the context of particular mythical traditions.

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Clearly a Japanese wall hanging but I didn’t record the details for this one.

The next day we headed first to the National Gallery of Victoria.  There was an exhibition Jools wanted to see so while she was doing that I did a quick tour of the gallery.  You can always click the images for a larger view though there’s no substitute for the real thing.

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Camille Pissaro, The banks of the Viosne at Osne in grey weather, 1882.

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Paul Signac, Gasometers at Clichy, 1886.

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Wolfgang Paalen, Possible Men, 1934.

 

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Remojadas, Veracruz, Gulf Coast Mexico:  Warrior priest impersonating Xiutecuhtli, Early Classic AD 300-500 earthenware, chapapote (bitumen).

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Mexica, Central Mexico:  Standing figure, Late post-Classic c.1300AD, stone (Aztec).

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Cyprus:  Amphora (Bichrome IV Ware); Iron Age, Cypro-Geometric III, Cypro-Archaic I, 900-600BC, fired clay.

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David Teniers II, The Skittle Players, mid 1640s (Dutch).

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Down in the entrance hall is the Water Wall.  You could stand here all day and photograph it and the interactions with people that it shows.

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Fern frond.

Next we headed for the Royal Botanic Gardens.  When we were most of the way, there was a downpour.  We sheltered under a tree for a while and then made a dash for the entrance building.

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Bamboo trunk with calligraphy perhaps from an unknown bamboo civilization.

The rain stopped so we ventured out into the Gardens.

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Tree fern.

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We could be in England….

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Then the deluge started.  We happened to be just near the tea house and scurried in before we got wet.  It was a good place to be.

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We didn’t have to sit out in the courtyard.

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… but were able to wait it out until it cleared and we walked back to our inner city accommodation without encountering more rain.

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Sculpture Garden, NGA

Sculpture Garden, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Australia, 23 October 2016

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This was a Sunday afternoon where twenty-six of us from the Canberra Photographic Society and community organisation Photo Access undertook a challenge to create Art at the Art Gallery, in my case mainly outside it and in and around the Sculpture Garden.

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All images are infrared.  The first three were in a part of the Sculpture Gardens enveloped in mist while Fujiyo Nakaya’s Fog Sculpture was operating.

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Reflections and views at Fugelman’s Cones.
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Trees and their residents.
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The Tree Fern Garden.
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The Gallery from Outside.
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Outside James Tyrell’s Skyspace.
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James Tyrell’s Skyspace.
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Logically, I should post next for Sydney Blues Festival and the excursion to Point Hicks but the images won’t be ready on time.  So I expect I shall post aerial images between Madagascar and the Falkland Islands next, then the two posts I just mentioned and then the Falklands.  Posting will continue to be slow for a while.

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Salton Sea and Joshua Tree NP.

Salton Sea and Joshua Tree National Park, California, USA, 1 October 2016

Temporary post. Images only. Not even image descriptions.

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This has been my last temporary post on the trip to Mexico, Guatemala, California, Cuba and the Caribbean.

I will return to make final posts in some months.  Before that I will make the final posts for the Falkland Islands, South Georgia Island and the Atacama Desert.  Currently, though, I am only posting once each week because I am otherwise occupied.  Last weekend I went down to Sydney as official photographer at the Sydney Blues Festival and I now have 3,700 images to process from that.  The weekend after next, I am leading a Canberra Photographic Society photographic excursion to Point Hicks in Victoria, to one of the lighthouses I photographed in 1987 and to the surrounding coastline.  I will also make a few posts in the near future from those and from a visit to the Sculpture Garden at the Australian National Gallery in Canberra.

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