Published On: Fri, Jul 4th, 2014

The Colors of Yucatan

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MÉRIDA, YUCATÁN – There’s something to see around every corner in Yucatán, and colorful surprises wherever you look. For the last couple of years, I’ve been documenting some of the moments of color I have encountered, and the results follow. It can be as simple as a blue house, almost becoming part of the sky:

Blue house contrasts with the sky

Blue house contrasts with the sky

Or a pink house, vividly contrasting with it:

While a pink house stands out

While a pink house stands out

The stately charm of a green colonial:

Colonial Charm

Colonial Charm

Or the warmth of an orange one:

More Colonial Charm

More Colonial Charm

It can be as basic as an old, purple house:

Old House

Old House

Or the bougainvillea coming over a wall:

Bougainvillea

Bougainvillea

The pink and purple flowers of spring:

Spring time

Spring time

Or the white ones of summer:

White flowers

White flowers

Or brightest of all, the flamboyant tree:

Flamboyan Tree

Flamboyan Tree

You can find colors in the city, like the dappled sunlight on a building on Paseo de Montejo:

Dappled sunlight on Paseo de Montejo

Dappled sunlight on Paseo de Montejo

Or the wall of a cantina near the market:

Gran Chaparral

Gran Chaparral

The church in Colonia Itzimná:

Itzimná Church

Itzimná Church

A school near Parque de la Mejorada:

School

School

Or the old post office:

The old post office

The old post office

Outside the city is colorful too, although sometime more monochrome:

Sun behind a cloud

Sun behind a cloud

While Izamal at night is a feast of yellow warmth:

 Izamal at night

Izamal at night

The small village of Chocholá has pastel color:

Chocholá, Yucatán

Chocholá, Yucatán

While the paradise of the coast can best be seen in Chelem Puerto:

Chelem Puerto

Chelem Puerto

On a sunny day, or even in the evening, color is everywhere in Yucatán. Take a moment as you move around to appreciate it, absorb it, and photograph it. Share it with your friends, especially in the winter with those at home in Cleveland, Toronto, or London. If the cloudless blue skies and powdery beaches don’t bring them down, I don’t know what will.

By Stewart Mandy

Questions or comments? Let us hear from you below, or send an email to stewart@theyucatantimes.com

 

Stewart Mandy

Stewart Mandy

Born in Europe, raised in the Middle East, and a long-time resident in the Americas, Stewart has been based in Mérida, Yucatan since 2010, and has lived and worked worldwide in the media, travel, tourism and transportation industries for well over 20 years. His local contacts and global knowledge provide him with unmatched access to the stories ‘behind the stories’ and he likes to take you to the places that others don’t or won’t go. From the Arctic Circle to Tierra del Fuego, from Moscow to Melbourne, from Bergen to Buenos Aires, Stewart has been there. Chances are, wherever you are heading, he knows the score.

In addition to The Yucatan Times, Stewart contributes (or has contributed) to “The Examiner” (www.examiner.com), “Business Briefings”, “Cruise & Ferry Magazine” and “The Apollo Magazine”. He is a former editor of “rolling pin CRUISE” magazine.

He can be contacted by email at stewart@theyucatantimes.com or smandy@gmail.com. You can join him on Facebook at www.facebook.com/meridawriter or visit his website at www.stewartmandy.com or his blog at http://tolocsandaluxes.blogspot.mx/

 

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