As our month here in Zihuatanejo, Guerrero, Mexico draws to an end, we're full of mixed feelings. (I've shared some of them verbally in my previous post, The Price of Paradise.)
We'll miss the nearly overwhelming beauty of this place. Like the view from our villa out over Zihuatanejo Bay and a swath of the vast Pacific. We're a couple of blocks away from the beach, so, unlike the view from an oceanfront hi-rise, we see and hear and smell life going on in the foreground.
Still, those vistas, and those of the Sierra Madre del Sur behind us, are pretty much the long view. Those of you who know me—perhaps through my postings here at One Man's Wonder—know I tend to shy away from the long view.
I like to look for the little things: a detail of something bigger; the one member of the flock or school or swarm that's behaving differently; the shadow of something instead of the thing; something poignant or ironic; colors, shapes and patterns.
So here, in pictures, are a few such impressions of this year's stay in Zihuatanejo.
|La Casa Anaranjada - The view at sunrise from Villas San Sebastian|
|Very Varied Berries - Fruit of an unknown shrub in La Ropa|
|Hot Tuna - A blushing, blooming nopal, Playa Madera|
|Stuck On You - "Gum tree" on the canal walk, near Plaza Kyoto|
|Blaze of Glory - Heliconia Psitacorum in La Noria|
|Foothold - Rhoeo (Tradescantia Spathacea), on cement wall, La Ropa|
|Dearly Departed - A poignant remembrance on Paseo del Pescador, Playa Madera|
|"We Liven Up Your Events"- Sign spotted atop a building in El Centro|
|Two Ways To Climb - Stairs with ficus just off of Playa Madera|
|Iguana Hold Your Hand - A resplendent five-foot-plus specimen seen in El Manglar|
|Old Man & the Sea - Jeff fulfills his dream of launching his own boat in Zihua|
|Abracadabra - A washed-up magic wand, Playa La Ropa|
|Yellow Streak - A rare rain brings out the colors of rocks along the Paseo in La Madera|
|Mutt & La Jefe - A black-and-white pup and her bodyguard along Rio Lerma canal|
|Anna By Heart - Grandkids sharing the fun at Paty's Marimar on La Ropa|
|Optimism - Typical Mexican construction, leaving re-bar for future new floors|
|See, Like This - Skipping stones in the canal outlet at Playa Principal|
|Los Colores - A lively mural brightens an alley at the south end of Playa La Ropa.|
|Banana Split - A banana tree stump, reminiscent of African Samburu & Sankara necklaces|
|Chickens Panicking...Too Late - Fresh pollo in a market on Av. Benito Juarez|
|What a Croc! - One of the three resident cocodrilos in El Manglar|
|Why, You Yellow-Bellied... - Great Kiskadee, also spotted in El Manglar|
|Study In Green - Limonada, the essence of refreshment, Zihuatanejo style|
|♫Hey-y-y, Macarela - Small fish, big thrill for rookie fisher Julie (w/Capt. Bernie)|
|Sombra Picada - A breezy afternoon on Pedro Acencio|
|Tequila Sunset - Adios to this incredible place till el sol comes 'round a few more times|