Contrasts, Colours and Textures

18 Nov

Lake Winnipeg

Some of the things I like about travelling the world are the contrasts with life back home. They can be purely visual( and I am a visual person) or can have an impact on the other senses. Sometimes they are purely internal, something indefinable that affects the mood, the emotions. Mexico does that to me as do Italy, France or England. A key place from long ago is Japan. But these would be thoughts for later blogs.

Lake Chapala Sunset, Ajijic

Mexico is a land of colour. This time of year the place is a full spectrum while back home the landscape has become monochromatic. One place is like  an Impressionist painting, another a pencil sketch. I think I tend to the colour, although the latter has its place to ease the mind. The two pictures attached typify this contrast for me. The horse rider, by the way, was purely and accident of timing, not cliché-driven. Still the colour is intriguing. Darkness falls so quickly soon after sunset, not like the lingering twilight of Manitoba.

The only problem with so much colour is that I have to watch it does not become cliché. I have to watch that if I take a thousand pictures, nine hundred and ninety-nine of them are not sunsets. Confession time: I do not do sunrises. Just not a sunrise person. In Gimli in the summer the sky is light by 4:00 am; sunset not till after 10:30 pm. Winter is a bit different. But still,  I’m not a sunrise person. By contrast it becomes dark almost every night in Mexico between 6:00 and 7:00 pm, except for daylight saving time, summer and winter.

I am not going to get into the biggest cliché of all, the temperature differences. The pictures say it all.

A Driveway, Ajijic

Another contrast I found interesting is the texture of things.  So let’s look at driveways, roads and sidewalks. “Quaint cobblestone streets” in Mexico is code for turned, twisted or sprained ankle for the unwary gawker. We walk a lot while down here since just about everything is within walking distance. So, while scanning the colour and sites around, you have to keep at least one eye on the ground. Elevations can change suddenly and dramatically. Scanning becomes second nature very quickly. Good walking shoes or sandals are a must. These are village roads where a low slung car is asking for trouble. On the other hand Manitoba roads can be competitive, especially during pot-hole time in Winnipeg. That said, we are out walking every day and loving it, and strengthening those ankle muscles, joints and tendons.

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