Wednesday, February 25, 2009

A Short Trip on a Long Dusty Road

I love that in Mexico you NEVER know what to expect. I thought I was going to Mineral de Pozos for an Art Walk, but instead, all kinds of other things intrigued me. Such as this sink in the women's bathroom at the Hotel de Minas in Pozos. The hotel is a few years old, but built into and on top of ruins that were there from when this town was one of the leading producers of silver and gold over three hundred years ago. . It is now an almost abandoned mining town that has a group of dedicated gringoes trying to revive it. There motto is "the next San Miguel". I'm here to tell you that I doubt that will happen in my or my grandchildren's lifetime. However, it IS a photographer's dream for unique sights and scenes.
The facade of this old building is perfect as a "fixer upper" and you do see some of this still in San Miguel surprisingly. I love to peek in the empty windows or through the cracks in the doors. It would take a more dedicated person then I to restore one of these places.
Remember, I did this for a living and got PAID FOR IT!
This is a typical dusty road in Mineral de Pozas, dusty, uninhabited - perfect for a movie set actually. Almost all the streets in Pozos look like this, other then the main street.

A surprising sight at this art gallery was a trained crow. Who would ever think that was possible? This artist and gallery owner has lived in Pozos about five years. This is "his" crow. Guess there is a lot of time in Pozos for training crows..........making art and taking fabulous photos. Pozos is about 45 minutes from San Miguel and about 1000 ft elevation higher. The "light" is magnificent in this village.
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Laurie said...

Wow. What a sink. Great pics, Ms. Babs.

Steve Cotton said...

Babs -- Crows are relatively easy to train. Want one for your living room?

Calypso said...

I'm not sure I would want to wake up to that sink - but it is cool ;-)

American Mommy in Mexico said...

This sink is certainly unusual!

Babs said...

Yes, the sink is carved out of cantera - a labor intensive job. First they quarry the slabs, then they haul them down the mountain on their backs and then begin to chisel and carve something such as this sink - a work of art!
Steve, no "crowing" in my living room......although when I sing it sorta sounds like that, ha.

CancunCanuck said...

Very cool sink and lovely photos. Upon seeing the crow I started reciting "The Raven" in my head, he looks a little creepy just sitting there!

Kay Cox said...

Love crows, put them in my paintings all the time but train one? Now that is a task for Pozos. I do think they are smart however, the crows, that is, don't know about the trainer.