Something we noticed in both China and Mexico was an apparent misunderstanding of trash. In both Mexico and in China we saw paid workers sweeping up leaves in the street (China) and sweeping leaves on our patio (Mexico) then diligently placing these natural leaves in a nearby trash receptacle. Also, in both instances you could count on seeing a large pile of real trash very nearby being ignored. Neither country has yet developed a noticeable regard for the environment and keeping it clean. If one wanted to, I am 100 percent confident a similar trash pile could be found in the States. However, one difference is that it is not at all unusual to see government paid workers in the States walking along a highway cleaning it up. Also, sections of highway are auctioned off in a joint venture between the paying public or corporations and the government for clean up. Kramer on Seinfeld bought such a section of highway and carried the cleanliness a bit too far. I clearly do not understand the many hurdles these poorer countries are facing and I have no solution for this situation. As a new world traveler, I am only pointing this out as something I noticed. Both countries’ citizens were interested in us and helpful in every way, that is just harder to capture by the camera.
If the visit to San Carlos is to be judged by the people we met, the visit was a grand success. Less so from the photographic side, which may be simply my fault. I did not get an abundance of good photos, but hope to stay in touch with the people we met.
Driving into Mexico for the first time, we read and researched what to do. We learned you should exchange some dollars for pesos prior to getting into Mexico as there were tolls booths and a few miles into Mexico you need to buy a Visa which would cost a few hundred pesos.
Driving in Guaymas, Mexico searching for elusive photo opportunities, I came across this neighborhood soccer game. I guess they would call it football. Talk about feeling out of place…. I am carrying more in photography gear than any of these people make in a year or more, I would think. I have always had the utmost respect for real travel photographers such as Mitchell Kanashkevich. Doing a simple shot like this magnifies that respect. One does not capture the feeling of people by a quick drive-by photo, it takes time, getting to know them, being invited into their home and world…. Here is a drive-by view of eager, happy kids enjoying a Sunday afternoon game. This would be brutal in the summer heat…..
I walked about 50 feet for this sunset photo and the moon behind Mount Tetakawi. It was basically taken from our deck. We are staying in San Carlos, Mexico for a couple months. The term Tetakawi either means hill of stone as most people say “Goat Tit Mountain.” Either way, there seems to be surprisingly few photo opportunities in this sleepy little town.