Tuesday, October 07, 2008
Las Pozas is the jungle sculpture gardens of Edward James that I have been to multiple times. I've climbed and walked and marveled at the structures, but also at the natural beauty. This time I let everyone go on without me and I chose to go and sit by the falls and quietly watch and look at my surroundings. I stopped counting after I had counted over 30, yes 30 different kinds of butterflies! I watched birds and people and looked at all the giant bromeliads in the trees. It was an "eyeopening" experience not to be moving, but sitting and looking at each area. I TRIED to photograph a lavender butterfly that was see-through, but each time I would focus, it would land on a branch and flatten out. Nature photographers have to be the most patient people on earth. I gave up.
I sat and wondered why I had never totally stopped and just concentrated and enjoyed it all before. It was a very different experience.
I was so surprised to see the transformation of the waterfalls in this photo - all due to light. I certainly didn't know I was doing this - it was a fluke. Now I understand why so many of my photographer friends go out early in the morning and at dusk. It IS about the light..........
If you haven't been to the Sierra Gorda - which I wrote about last November - do try to get there someday. It is an incredible biosphere area; the place of the five Missions of Fr. Serra; and of course, Xilitla and Edward James Sculpture Gardens. A true Brit's folly!