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flowers for the spirits

While staying at the Bosque, we venture out to the local town of Erongaricuaro to observe the preparations for the Day of the Dead. Erongaricauaro’s plaza is surrounded by a mass of flowers on various stalls and the plaza itself is busy with stalls displaying local handcrafts. At one end of the plaza a large stage suggests further entertainment.

Erongaricauro plaza. A woman shows off some flowers to an admiring crowd.

Stalls surround the plaza selling flowers,...

...more flowers,...


...a selection of wreaths.

The stalls in the plaza are selling an intriguing array of handcrafts.

I am particularly taken by this beaded antelope.

Amazing detail - these beads are fastened using bee's wax.

Groups of young people are working hard on creating beautiful altars decorated with flowers, candles, photos and offerings of food and sweets.

The assembled population of Erongaricauro create and decorate altars around the plaza to pay respects to the deceased. A group of teenagers...

... are hard at work.

Sugar skulls are a popular decoration.

A example of the finished product.

{ 3 } Comments

  1. Mark | November 10, 2010 at 7:45 am | Permalink

    Nice photos. What camera did you get? I am thinking of the D7000, it gets good reviews but more importantly it has video so I can use the lenses I already have to make video.

  2. anna | November 10, 2010 at 3:12 pm | Permalink

    Hi Mark,

    I got the LUMIX GF1 -it has a 4/3 sensor and interchangeable lenses. I looked at the Nikon D90 but ended up deciding to go with the LUMIX because it’s so small and light.

    Unfortunately I still don’t have a long lens so I still can’t take wildlife photos.

  3. Alan | November 13, 2010 at 2:06 am | Permalink

    Hi Anna,

    Re the new camera, experiment with dropping your ISO setting or stop down a stop. On the blog it looks like your highlights [whites, silvers, colours in sunlight] are blown out a bit. This may be a product of web viewing and your originals may not reflect this. I’m not sure if you’re aware, but you can also use Olympus 4/3 lenses on your Lumix. What happened to your original camera?
    Are you on the bike yet, how’s the new wheel?
    Stay :)


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