I like the way this photo evokes the heat and bold heritage of Mexico. The backstory is almost as colorful as the photo.
In 2007, for his 50th Birthday, Brian and I visited Todos Santos with our dear friends and travel companions, Don and Heather Cook (Regina / Lumsden, Saskatchewan). Todos Santos is a Puebla Magica on the west coast of Baja California Sur, an hour drive north of Cabo. It’s a quaint little town, with a burgeoning artists’ community, a hand full of good restaurants, and a couple of nice hotels. When the tour buses are not there, it’s almost idyllic.
One afternoon, we visited a newer boutique hotel out by the coast for a languid lunch on the roof deck. Afterwards, we took a tour of the property with the eccentric European owner. The property is interesting and evocative of the area and it was on our walking tour that I snapped this photo. As you can see, the sun was high and hot. The colors were almost surreal in their intensity but, in Mexico, brilliant colors complement the harsh light and desert tropical landscape. The hot pink bougainvillea can barely compete with the intense tangerine orange of the wall but the rustic mask lends an earthy balance the composition.
After the tour, we went back to the patio for another tasty margarita. The bartender (or someone, unbeknownst to us) decided to enhance our experience by spiking the margaritas served to Heather and I. It was our first (and hopefully our last) encounter with “roofies” (rohypnol, the popular date rape drug). At the time, we didn’t know why we were suddenly so very drunk, but it was fun for about an hour before the lights went OUT. Heather and I both blacked out for about five hours and awoke groggy, nauseated, and feeling very displaced. When the nausea didn’t subside for more than 24 hours, we did some research and figured out that we had been slipped a roofie. Thank goodness I took my photos before that second margarita because the ones taken after are, um, odd!
When I see this photo, I think of Todos Santos and remember the lovely old town, great fish tacos, the majestic coastline with its pounding waves … and that nasty encounter with roofies.
Photo taken on April 11, 2007, at 2:10 in the afternoon, F/4, 1/500th shutter speed, Canon PowerShot A620.
Happy Snapping — Pamela