On returning from Mexico last weekend I realized that I’d missed the autumn color — or, at least, the height of the color. I left home with the trees still green and came back to a yard full of fallen leaves.
El Charco del Ingenio, the botanical garden in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, was lovely, however. Well…you do have to like cacti. San Miguel is in the Bajio region, the central highlands of the country, more than a mile high, with desert cacti, palm trees, and flowering bougainvillea. Since this was my first time there in the autumn months, it was interesting to see the plants in fall. I do love all of the spring color, but there’s something quite lovely about the starkness of the few blooming plants, the wide blue skies, and the views of the canyons, lakes, and distant mountains from the dusty hiking trails.
Here are some favorite fotos, along with a few words from writers about Mexico:
— “Each episode has its own sacred, its precious and peculiar interest.” ~ Katherine Anne Porter
— “And then there is that day when…you wait for the wind to work you slowly free from your hold upon the sky…” ~Ray Bradbury
— “…toward nightfall the dusty road will be thronged with shadowy people…and new-laden mules…glad to get away from the town, to see the cactus and the pleated hills…” ~D.H. Lawrence
— “I feel at the moment something like peace.” ~ Malcolm Lowry
— “I had learned to dance on rooftops…to disappear into the music.” ~ Donna Gershten
— “The water is a view to a distant place…an array of birds in flight…” ~ Luis Rodriguez
— “Nahuatl like rain, like water flowing, like drips in a cavern/or glistening thaw/like breath through a flute/ with many stops and plops and sighs…” ~Richard Rodriguez
— “The rains of summer are months away and the dust of ancient, infertile earth rises in clouds…” ~ Ruben Martinez
— “I tell a story. I make a sound and leave a mark — as palatable as a prickly pear, more solid than stone.” ~ Ana Castillo
— “I remember only silence…” ~ Salman Rushdie
** Passages above from Mexico in Mind: An Anthology, edited by Maria Finn (two centuries of writers drawn to Mexico, from DH Lawrence, John Steinbeck, Jack Kerouac, and Tennessee Williams to Salman Rushdie, Anita Desai, and Sandra Cisneros)