This is what I have for today’s challenge. Some beach at some very nice place.
Diana the Huntress or better known as Diana La Cazadora, represents the Roman goddess of the hunt and moon or the Greek goddess Artemis. As for the sculpture this is as far as I could go (figurative speaking).
There is another side to the story. The Sculptor Juan Olaguíbel worked on this project during 1942, finishing it and the sculpture being set on Reforma Avenue on September of that year. The model was unknown for 50 years until 1992, when Helvia Martínez Verdayes declared she was the model for the sculptor when she was at age 16. She posed for free, asking only not to reveal her name due to the scandal that could mean to her.
From the first time being set to today, Diana Cazadora has suffered all kinds of abuse. At one time, the Mexican League of Decency dressed her with underclothes and at another time of heavy pollution, someone set a gas mask on her.
Today, after being moved around the city a couple of times because of constructions, she is now located at the intersection of Reforma Avenue with Sevilla Avenue and Rio Mississipi street.
Later it was known that she also posed for another work of the same sculptor, named The Fountain of Petroleum that celebrates the expropriation of the petroleum industry. Perhaps she asked for payment that time, but I really dont’t know. :)
Charro is a horseman and Charra is a horsewoman? Something like that.
These Charros march in the 16th September parade, to commemorate independence day. Charreria has long been practiced in Mexico and is all about horse reining, heeling, steer tailing and acts like bull riding, team roping, bareback on a wild mare, forefooting, forefooting on horeseback, the pass of death and Escaramuza (skirmish) which is “an event for teams of women who perform precision equestrian displays riding sidesaddle and garbed in Adelita dress.”
By the way, anybody remembers Elvis Presley in the film Charro! back in 1969? (not me, but I have heard of it)
I was very very young the first time I heard this song (honest!). I was thinking about what has made a mark in my life and this song has been around me all this time. Now, what you have to do is click play and read the lyrics below. :D
See the clouds adrift so far below
Everchanging as they come and go
Makes me wonder why I’m up so high
When really I am down so low
Of all the wonders I was one allowed
I think that I would always choose a cloud
Always brings my feelings right out loud
Whether I’m ashamed or proud
On this airplane comin’ home to you
Sometimes I think I’ve flown my whole
My whole life… through
As I wing my way to you
See the clouds they’re giving life below
In colors that the canvas cannot show
Keeping secrets no one else could know
For I’m the one who told them so
Now and then I get up close to you
I’d like to stay but I’m just passing through
So I’ll have to say goodbye…
Until next time I fly.
To whom was in care of me in my restless times, without complain or hesitation, I write you this Thank You Note:
Just when times don’t look as promising, when there is uncertainty and doubt. When the only thing safe to think about is now, there comes all this love from friends and family and from life itself sending a message out and loud, perhaps not that clear, but strong enough to make me understand that no matter the course the paths may take, there will be a safe arrival. Always in perfect timing and with such a simple act. Thank you Brenda Regan with all my love.
I didn’t mean to be mean, but this was just what I was looking for. This is a series of pictures of a kid falling down after a skateboard jump. Not to worry, the skateboard is ok! (Believe me when I say that the kid was more concerned about his everyday companion rather than concerned about his well being.)
How do you like it? :)
- Weekly Photo Challenge: Fall (dailypost.wordpress.com)
The building is about 8 stories high and is just gorgeous! (next time, I will need to get a 50mm lens to get the whole building). It sounds strange or unusual to think that the top place for the richest person is taken by a mexican, in a country where 60% of its population is poor and that 40% of that percentage lives in extreme poverty. Totally bizarre. Please take a look at these, in the meantime I will rant trying to figure out why I am not that rich.
September 16th is the day of the Military Parade in Mexico. For some it might be a surprise to see another’s country marching too, like Germany, US, France, Peru, Canada and many others. The parade’s purpose is to celebrate more than 200 years of independence and it is performed every year. It takes place in Mexico City all along Reforma Avenue, which is one of the main streets of the city. There is also a display of air and ground armament, but in times like this I preferred to show only the colorful side of it and forget a bit about what could be seen as means to war.
There is also thousands of people gathered on the streets to see the parade pass by. I will show you some of that in my next post.