El Charco Del Ingenio, San Miguel de Allende

During our February 2015 trip to San Miguel de Allende we visited El Charco Del Ingenio, a renowned botanical gardens important for it’s collection of endemic as well as rescued cacti. There are greenhouses which contain important specimens, outdoor collections in well managed garden beds, and of course a coffee shop, collectibles store and also a display of small cacti for sale in pots. Unfortunately it is illegal to take cacti out of Mexico and the penalties can be severe. So we just had to look. In addition there is a very large nature preserve riddled with hiking trails and wonderful views of canyons, the city of San Miguel de Allende, a hacienda ruins and cactus habitat. The grounds are so extensive and wonderful we spent two days of our 10-day vacation at El Charco Del Ingenio.

Prickly pear cactus in dry grasslands. Natural habitat at El Charco del Ingenio, Jardin Botanico, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Prickly pear cactus in dry grasslands. Natural habitat at El Charco del Ingenio, Jardin Botanico, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

 

A rescued cactus, probably taken from a building site or highway construction. This is Echinocactus grusonii or the Golden Barrel Cactus.

A rescued cactus, probably taken from a building site or highway construction. This is Echinocactus grusonii or the Golden Barrel Cactus.

Visit my website gallery  El Charco Del Ingenio, San Miguel de Allende for images from this beautiful location.

Also visit my website gallery San Miguel de Allende to see images from the town itself.

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San Miguel de Allende

We took a winter vacation early in the year (2015) in San Miguel de Allende. It is a popular travel destination and photographer destination; an enclave of expatriates. In some ways it is not Mexico. In a lot of ways it is Mexico. Be prepared for walking up and down hills with narrow sidewalks and cobblestones.

Rooftop view of La Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel

Rooftop view of La Parroquia de San Miguel Arcángel

 

Included here is a photograph of the most iconic building in San Miguel de Allende. It is La Parroquia de San Miguel Arcángel, known more simple as the Parroquia.

Visit my website gallery San Miguel de Allende to see more images from this trip.

We also visited El Charco Del Ingenio which is the botanical gardens and nature preserve near San Miguel de Allende. Visit my website gallery  El Charco Del Ingenio, San Miguel de Allende for images from this beautiful location.

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KAP 2012-4 & KAP 2012-5 – Playa El Palmar, Ixtapa, Mexico

Low-level aerial photograph. Playa El Palmar, Ixtapa, Mexico.

Low-level aerial photograph. Playa El Palmar, Ixtapa, Mexico.

Offshore islands. Low-level aerial photograph. Playa El Palmar, Ixtapa, Mexico.

Offshore islands. Low-level aerial photograph. Playa El Palmar, Ixtapa, Mexico.

I did two kite aerial photography sessions several days apart at opposite ends of the beach named Playa El Palmar, Ixtapa, Mexico. Playa El Palmar is the nearest beach to Casa Candiles, the Bed and Breakfast where we stayed during our vacation. The B&B is about 10 minutes walk from the public access near the south end of the beach (beside the Barcelo Hotel). There are no small hotels or B&Bs on the beach as you will see from the photographs. The buildings are large hotels and condominium complexes.

These images were obtained using a camera suspended below a kite line (Kite Aerial Photography – KAP). Each of the two sessions was with autoKAP, whereby the camera was triggered every 8 to 10 seconds while making a stepwise slow 360 degree rotation. The wind was not strong enough to lift my fully remote-controlled rig.

During the first session on February 16, 2012, I explored the southern end of the beach with my aerial camera. Photos from that session can be viewed in the KAP 2012-4 Gallery.

The second session was on February 22, 2010 and I explored the northern end of the beach, including Marina Ixtapa which is somewhat inland and connected to the Pacific Ocean by a channel. Photos from the second session can be viewed in the KAP 2012-5 Gallery.

In this posting I have included a mix of photos from the two sessions. All of these images are in an around Playa El Palmar.

Hotel Barcelo. Low-level aerial photograph. Playa El Palmar, Ixtapa, Mexico.

Hotel Barcelo. Low-level aerial photograph. Playa El Palmar, Ixtapa, Mexico.

Marina Ixtapa. Low-level aerial photograph. Playa El Palmar, Ixtapa, Mexico.

Marina Ixtapa. Low-level aerial photograph. Playa El Palmar, Ixtapa, Mexico.

Low-level aerial photograph. Playa El Palmar, Ixtapa, Mexico.

Low-level aerial photograph. Playa El Palmar, Ixtapa, Mexico.

Low-level aerial photograph. Playa El Palmar, Ixtapa, Mexico.

Low-level aerial photograph. Playa El Palmar, Ixtapa, Mexico.

Photographer on the beach. Yours truly, just a speck on the beach. Kite line is visible in this image. Low-level aerial photograph. Playa El Palmar, Ixtapa, Mexico.

Photographer on the beach. Yours truly, just a speck on the beach. Kite line is visible in this image. Low-level aerial photograph. Playa El Palmar, Ixtapa, Mexico.

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KAP 2012-3 – Barra de Potosi, Mexico

Aerial photograph of Mexico's Pacific Coast at Barra de Potosi.

Aerial photograph of Mexico's Pacific Coast at Barra de Potosi.

While on vacation in Ixtapa, Mexico, the owner of our Bed & Breakfast, Casa Candiles, took us on a couple of field trips. One of these was to Barra de Potosi, about a 1/2 hour’s drive south along the Pacific Coast from Ixtapa – Zihuatanejo. We planned to have a few hours there doing beach stuff and having lunch at one of the many beachside restaurants. It gave me time to fly kites as well as explore with my SLR. I did the terrestrial camera work first because I wanted to check out where would be best for catching the breeze for my aerial photography later. The exploration also gave me an idea of what I might target on once the camera gear was in the air. As the breeze was minimal, I was limited to autoKAP, meaning that I did not have remote control over the aerial camera equipment. Instead the camera shoots by itself periodically while making small rotations to change the view.

This is an assortment of images that were taken either with my earthbound SLR or with my kite aerial photography equipment. More images from the kite aerial photography session can be viewed in my KAP 2012-3 – Barra de Potosi, Mexico Gallery. More images from the terrestrial walk-about can be seen in the Barra de Potosi Gallery in the main Mexico section on my website.

The aerial images were taken from a camera suspended below a kite line (Kite Aerial Photography – KAP).

Aerial photograph. Beached boats at Barra de Potosi, Mexico.

Aerial photograph. Beached boats at Barra de Potosi, Mexico.

Aerial photograph. The lagoon at Barra de Potosi, Mexico.

Aerial photograph. The lagoon at Barra de Potosi, Mexico.

White heron standing on the gunwale of a fishing boat at Barra de Potosi, Mexico.

White heron standing on the gunwale of a fishing boat at Barra de Potosi, Mexico.

Detail of two small boats at Barra de Potosi, Mexico.

Detail of two small boats at Barra de Potosi, Mexico.

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Longest Covered Bridge Postcard – New Brunswick

Here’s my new postcard design of the longest covered bridge in the world – (1282 feet), St. John River, Hartland, New Brunswick.

The postcard is offered for sale in my Zazzle store. Click on the postcard to go straight to page.

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Ottawa Tulip Festival – Silver and Pink Tulips – Postcard

Here’s my new postcard design of silver white with pink and yellow tulips, backlit – Ottawa Tulip Festival.

The postcard is offered for sale in my Zazzle store. Click on the postcard to go straight to page.

© Rob Huntley

Hoar Frost Tree, Ontario – Postcard

Here’s my new postcard design of an evergreen along Ottawa River with frost from winter fog. A winter landscape.

The postcard is offered for sale in my Zazzle store. Click on the postcard to go straight to page.

© Rob Huntley