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” Stormy Sunrise ” from Imagekind

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A new up-load to my “NaturesBounty ” Imagekind gallery.

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New Photos in my IMAGEKIND gallery: NaturesBounty

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I have up- loaded some new photos to my Imagekind gallery. NaturesBounty.

Copy & paste this link and take a look—

http://billdelaluz.imagekind.com

Fro Bill's Imagekind gallery..NaturesBounty

From Bill's Imagekind gallery..NaturesBounty

Pink Crown of Thorns

Pink Crown of Thorns

Misty Rain

Misty Rain

These and other new additions may be found at Imagekind
SEE YOU THERE ! —– Bill Pandolf

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The Parade Of Giants… Saltabarranca, Veracruz // La Mojiganga De Gigantes

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The Parade of GIANTS in Saltabarranca, Veracruz is a tradition started in the late 1800s and continues to this day on the 14TH of May every year. Many towns in the state of Veracruz have the tradition of the MOJIGANGA — As I posted earlier in this BLOG — but none can surpass the shear size of the entries nor the full support of this entire  community as seen in Saltabarranca. These giant figures require from 8 to 30 people to carry them, and manipulate the different mechanical and electrical parts. And several months to construct.

The MOJIGANGA GIGANTES DE SALTABARRANCA is well worth the late hour .( it starts at around 10:30 PM) with a Mojiganga for and with the NIÑOS starting at 8PM…The thousands and thousands of people that throng from all over the state of VERACRUZ, and beyond , come to enjoy the festivities, see…and be seen…and party till dawn with live music and fireworks …and , of course..CERVASA !

The MOJIGANGA-PARADE OF GIANTS ends around 1 AM. Here are some photos of the fantastic, animated  figures. I hope you enjoy them !

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Be sure to include a side trip to TLACOTALPAN on your next trip to Veracruz, and the MOJIGANGA De SALTABARRANCA !


New Camera–More New Photos

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DINA and her kids……………..

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DINA and one of her 3rd grade classes

My good friend Dina teaches English in the ESCUELA PRIMARIA  FEDERAL–CIUDAD de TLACOTALPAN.

She had this great idea..a project  to help her 3rd graders with some basics.  And, WOW, what a reaction she got ! Now all her students, through the 6th graders want to participate!

She had them create a barnyard scene, with all the animals named in English.

Some of these children come from homes that are hard pressed to be able to fund these extra projects, but as you will see…this does not dampen their imagination or enthusiasm. Some can not afford the extra Pesos per week for this English class, so Dina happily includes all who want to learn. God bless her. Here are a few photos of their completed projects….

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DINAS other 3rd grade class…………………….

DINAS KIDSAnd,….more photos…………………………..

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As you probably could tell…some barnyards were labeled in English, some in Spanish, and some….not labeled at all. NO MATTER. After show and tell, with each item in each barnyard called out loud ( in English ) by the whole class..A certificate of achievement was given to each student who completed the project. What a fun way to harness that short attention span of a classroom of 3rd graders and teach at the same time. BRAVO, Dina !

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The San Cristobal, Chiapas — Home of JOY and DUNCAN

Home of JOY & DUNCAN

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My friends Joy & Duncan invited me and my friend Bart to stay with them in their 200 year old home in San Cristobal, Chiapas in February. We have known each other for about 4 years, as they stay in my Posada–Casa De La Luz–in Tlacotalpan, Veracruz,  on their long journey to and from Florida about twice a year. GADS-!–they must truly be Nomads !!

Their home incorporates the carriage entrance of a stately 200 year old town home that has since been divided into three residences. Everywhere you look, in every possible location, on every square inch of space, you encounter their incredible collection of FOLK ART from Mexico and beyond.

Every day, wandering from room to room, I would see another piece I had missed the day before. Having taken over 100 photos, below are just a few…and more will be uploaded to my “WEBSHOTS” page this week.

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Glassed-in walkway to the back of the casa

Inside the front enterance

Inside the front enterance

Dining-room

Dining-room

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Living-room

Living-room

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Living-room

Loading these photographs is so frustrating for me, that again, just click on the WEBSHOTS link at the top of this page to view the rest of the photos ! I can not control the position of these pictures and am giving up for now.

Covered patio off the courtyard

Covered patio off the courtyard

The covered enterance--from the courtyard

The covered enterance--from the courtyard

End of the covered patio

End of the covered patio

TLACOTALPAN–The Pearl of the Papaloapan

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Tlacotalpan, often called the “PEARL OF THE PAPALOAPAN” is peaceful today, holding its breath for the upcoming CANDELARIA FESTIVAL..beginning on January 31st.

I have not posted for a couple months…sorry ! Here are a couple new photos. And I`ll be back in a couple weeks.

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