Arriving at Foz do Iguaçu

Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil

When I was arriving at Foz do Iguaçu, the dense vegetation of this Brazilian city impressed me.

Weekly Photo Challenge: dense

Rainbow Light Reflection

Fresnel Lens.
Fresnel Lens of Anacapa Island Lighthouse. California

It Is Easy Being Green

Nothing makes me more happy than nature! To take a walk in the woods is a good remedy when I’m stressed from work and the city rush, or I do it just because I want to. I usually do it on week-ends.

The forest of Mexico City, Chapultepec, is so close to my home that I normally go walking towards there. Right there, I stroll around the places less crowded and after a while I seat in front of the lake enjoying the view of the green water, the nature, the people rowing the boats, the ducks swiming, the squirrels, the birds, or I seat at the botanical garden under the shade of big trees. This activity brings me peacefulness and an immense hapinness.

Sometimes, after that promenade I visit some museums which are located in the area, and my day is complete.

If you travel to Mexico City, I recommend you to visit Chapultepec and the museums in the area.

Note that this photographs are from various countries (USA, Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Mexico), and some others are about Chapultepec. You can see that by placing your mouse over each photo.

Weekly Photo Challenge: It is easy being green!

Biznaga: a Globular Cactaceae

Huntington Botanical Gardens. San Marino, California.

Templo de la Profesa

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I love the impressive detail of the carved stone at Templo de la Profesa. Amazing, isn’t it? Take a closer look:

Templo de la Profesa. Mexico City Downtown
Templo de la Profesa. Mexico City Downtown.

This Catholic church is commonly known as Templo de la Profesa, although its official name is Oratorio de San Felipe Neri (Oratory of Saint Philip Nery). It is a baroque style building (inside is neoclassic), designed and constructed by Pedro de Arrieta between 1714 and 1720, and financed by the Marquis de Villapuente de la Peña and his wife the Marchioness de las Torres de Rada.

It originally belonged to the Society of Jesus, and in those days it was named Templo de San José el Real, but in 1767 with the expulsion of that religious congregation from the Spanish domains, The Profesa Temple was given to the Congregation of the Oratory of Saint Philip Nery.

It was constructed with quarry and tezontle, this last is a volcanic stone of red color, porous and resistant, which was commonly used in the construction of various Colonial buildings located at Mexico City’s Downtown.

Inside there is a collection of paintings and figures that were made by renowned artists like Manuel Tolsá, Cristóbal de Villalpando, Juan Correa and Miguel Cabrera.

Location: Isabel La Católica 21, Colonia Centro (Mexico City Downtown)

Other photos of a building made with Tezontle:

Tezontle at a side entrance of Mexico City’s Metropolitan Cathedral

Cathedral of Mexico City Front view where you can see the red tezontle at some walls at right side.

 

Tiny Beings

San Antonio Museum of Art. Texas
San Antonio Museum of Art. Texas. Latin American Art, Pre-Columbian art gallery.

B&W: Crooked tree