October 2009

Pretty much since I’ve moved here I have been hearing stories about Alta Vista, a small town by the same name and a river that is home to incredible rock formations and petroglyphs. The town sits on a mountain over-looking a large valley which contains the river and although there is a sign leading in from the highway, the formations are still extremely well hidden by the over flowing jungle that surrounds it. I had tried to come about a year ago and got lost never finding the petroglyphs, but this time I was going with friends from the area so I figured there would be no problems. After hiking in the wrong direction for about two hours we realized our mistake and headed back toward where we came from. Now four hours into a hot Nayarit day (even in the jungle it’s still pretty humid and sticky) I was starting to think I was destined to never find the site, when we came around the corner to find a beautiful rock pool surrounded by a wall made up of ┬áhundreds of square and rectangular boulders. Along the path to the side of the pool were several petroglyphs seemingly effortlessly carved into the stone. We cooled off in the water and spent time walking along the paths and then before we left made an offering of maize, frijoles, cocoa, and even a pulsera that Cocho had made, at one of several “altars” that have been at the site for hundreds of years. The last photo was taken with my new pin-hole lens adapter for my lens baby. I didn’t know I felt about it at first, but it seems perfect for dream-like places such as this.

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  • ramiro gonzalez - chidas fotos ya casi estas haciendo tu especialidad en altavista, me laten las fotos felicidades y sigale hechando ganas buen trabajo

  • lynn - Well,Well, Well…you with that vibrant personality that is so unique and special. I see now that those traits are also evident in your photos. Each event seen through your lens tells it’s own one of a kind story.

I’ve been really lacking on the posts lately even though I’ve been taking tons of photos with my new d700 that I am absolutely in love with. Here are some photos of some of the guys from town tearing it up in San Pancho. Once I can afford a massive telephoto I know the quality of my surf shots will improve, but for now I don’t think this is a bad start. If you’re in the area make sure you come down for the Surf Torneo being held on the weekend of Nov. 20.


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