Monday, July 31, 2006

Back from debotcherry...

Well this last week was quite crazy, there is so much going on its really hard to put my finger on one single thing and think about it... things now a days just seem to really all bloob together in to this weird hermoneutical goo.

Last weekend was a realy good time, soples and I headed out to playa del carmen for a few days. We drank lots of beers and got lots of sun (have a nice tan going on), also we had lots of time to catch up on stuff since we are both quite busy these days and although we do get to see eachother fairly often its not for very long and we are usualy pretty hammered.

Anyway we stayed at this little hotel I always stay at, its really nothing fancy at all... but since I go so much the people there know me and always give me a really good rate... so really it works out great. Playa del Carmen is lots of fun but I kinda feel like its getting a little to snoby for my taste. It used to be that playa was really relaxed... you could just chill out and do what ever, wander in and out of bars and just enjoy the music... but things are getting to trendy now, lots of people seems to be way to over dressed for being at the beach, the clubs are starting to charge crazy cover charges and the drinks keep getting more expensive... but still, its a good place to hang out.

Fortuantely there are lots of other places to go hang out at the beach... Tulum and Puerto Morelos seem to be picking up the slack from playa del carmen... so lots of people are starting to flock to places like that. Also Ironicaly, having received a more than healthy dose of humily... Cancun is really starting to shape up again, and yea ofcourse its still partty central... but when I went there for a few hours this weekend I really got a very different vibe from the place... I dont know, maybe Cancun is turning a new leaf... but then again probably not. One thing I was hoping to acheive this weekend that did not really pan out was getting some rest... my body i so sore... my ancles and feet still hurt from all the abuse they have undergone at the track lately... so I think I should maybe go to a doctor and have them checked out... because I really want to get further with my running. Anyway now I am back at work, but fortunately I know I will be getting away again soon when mikes comes to visist... I am sure we will have a good time, but we are not yet sure were we are gonna go... cancun? tulum? playa? cuba?... I guess we will just have to wait and see. It is really amazing how fast this summer is going... although it has really not felt like much of a summer to me.

The good news is that Jeanette will be back in merida in a month.... so I am ofcourse quite anxious about that. I have really missed her and it ofcourse really sucks to feel lonely.... so I am pretty much counting down the days. Well I think thats all for now.... I will get thorough the rest of the day and then try to have a nice long nap... and if my feet allow me to... ill go for a run. Hopefuly next time I post ill have some interesting photos or something.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

ok, lets give this thing a shot

So in my last entry I was complaining about how this blog does not really seem to have enough direction... well, ok, lets try to give it some. I am gonna try posting some photos uphere of what ever I happen to be photographing each week... chances are we are gonna get some really lame entries... since its not absolutely every week that I manage to take a pic that does not absolutely blow chunks... but oh well, its worth a shot. Anyway as you porbably know you can find some of my stuff up on my website ( There is tons of work to be done on that site.... but thats another project all together... however feedback is always apreciated, maybe some of these pics will end up on the site... oh well who knows. ok so lets give this a shot.

Ok, I took this picture in this field just out of town, you can´t really tell from the picture but this little blue flower was really really small... maybe just a couple centimiters across, however I guess I did a decent job of getting it in to focus... especialy without having a proper macro lends. In any case I thought it was kinda of a neat flower... I am trying to figure out what species it is.

This cactus looking... well cactus was taken just about 1 km away from the little blue flower above (in the same field). I think the image itself is pretty interesting and I like the way its cropped... also I was pretty happy with the way the light came through from the trees behind the cactus... it kinda looks like moisture, but they are actualy just little beams of light making it through the folliage. I think it was the best pic I took that day...
U took this photo a few days after my little trek to the fields outside Merida. Somebody told me that this looks like a lily-pad... and I guess it kinda does, but as you probably guessed, its actualy a couple eggs shells. I was making an omelete.... so I craked the eggs and I got distracted with them, there is just something kinda cool about egg shells (says I)... I have always been kinda interested with they way they respond to light... so I went to go get a lamp, put it over my cutting board... tinkered with the light color settings on the camera and got this shot. It was just a little experiment, but I think it looks kinda nifty.

Ok, well that was it... I hope it was not to lame, flowers, egg shells and cactus are probably not the most exciting subject matter... but oh well, I guess this sort of stuff will have to do for now. I am thinking about doing a project with buying a few at the market and atempting to do something interesting with them...maybe cut them open or something (a little gross I know), but oh well... maybe this weekend. Anyway thats ll for now.
- Carlos R.

Monday, July 10, 2006

this blog is more stale than... uhh, a really stale cheeto, see what I mean???

Well last weekend sure was eventful. Between the world cup final, TTT´s graduation, and all that beer… it sure went by fast. But anyway here we are, once again complaining about how awful Mondays are… its really getting quite tiresome; wouldn’t you agree? I mean seriously… nobody likes Mondays, but do we really need to complain about them every single week, no. I feel this blog is getting rather pointless so I am gonna either a) give it some kind of new direction or b) just stop doing it. Since I got back from Europe there is nothing really interesting to report anyway… or usually at least… so we will see how it goes. I have thought about maybe implementing the blog in to my website ( a little better so that the blog could serve as a record of my photographic adventures… and not just my gratuitous complaining. Any thoughts on this? Anyway my parents are going away to Europe in just a few days, so both Maggie and I are looking forward to five wonderful easy going weeks… or at least that is the plan, since the reality of these things never really ends up manifesting itself the way one would desire… but oh well. I have to confess that I am a bit on football withdrawal… no more world cup!!! This totally blows… I guess I am just going to have to find a new excuse to drink alone in front of the TV now =). I talked to Jeanette today, she seemed to happy and doing well in St. Petersburg… but she is getting anxious about returning to Mérida, which I of course am to. I am ofcourse a little freaked out about this whole Jeanette moving in thing, but I am also very happy about it… I think that in the long run it will prove to be a good decision… but then again it could blow up in my face and just be the worst thing ever… although I really don’t think it will. So anyway yea… not the most coherent blog entry ever, but they never seem to be anyway. Ill post again soon, and hopefully by then I will have a little bit of a better idea regarding what I want to do with this blog in the future.

- Carlos R.