The here and now... and what and why

Complacency is a trap. At least that’s what I was thinking when I up and left the comfort of a Yankee prep school gig, where I taught music, amongst other things, for 28 years. There was also that life long career as a composer, musician and artist.

First, it was a year in St. Thomas, USVI, working as a reporter and shooting photography and then, a year in San Agustin Etla, Oaxaca, Mexico.
Time passed.
More time passed and a year back in the Athens of America followed by a hasty return to Oaxaca where it is all happening.
A couple of years in San Sebastian Etla and now, just down the road in San Pablo Etla. Life is good.

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Santo Domingo

Santo Domingo
The view from Corazon del Pueblo

The hereafter re me

My photo
Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico
Musician, photographer, videographer, reporter, ex-officio teacher, now attempting to be a world traveler

Monday, March 31, 2014

Viernes del Llano continued....

On every Friday morning during Lent, Llano Park is filled with flowers and beautiful young women.  And of course, wherever there are beautiful young women, there are sure to be lots of young men.  They come from the city's preparatory schools and there is a different group of schools represented each week.  (Here is last week's post.)
This past Friday was no exception and, once again, I found myself trying to figure out this event in which everyone seems so happy.  I guess it is a popularity contest and some the girls show up with cheering sections loaded with flowers, while others seem pretty unsupported. 
I guess it could be sad not to receive armloads of flowers, which is the determining factor in winning, but it sure does not seem like that is the case.  Everyone seems like they are having a blast.
The young ladies process around a statue for close to a half hour and, as the flowers amass, guys step in to help carry them.
There is a taste of stardom with lots of local media.
It is always a fun challenge to try and get nice candid shots.  Of course, it helps that the subjects are so easy on the eyes.
Stunning.... sometime the shot just happens.
Or maybe she is just photogenic.
This young lady was a real crowd favorite.
Nice shoes and a nicer tat.
She had quite a pile of flowers at the end, but.......
Here she is, in all her glory, this week's queen.
Next week is the last of the year and of course, I plan to be there.

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