Vignettes Of Life In Oaxaca

Looking Closely And Finding Beauty In Small Wonders

GE McKerrihan

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The arc of the fan palm.
“Arching And Reaching While Anchored” — Image by Author

I passed by this tropical palm often for several months. It was close to where I was living at the time. Its evolution was slow, with only tiny perceptible differences from day to day.

This quality was part of why my eye and lens were attracted to it. I also loved the way it danced in the gentle morning breeze. The way it reflected the subtle differences in light always brought a smile

It was growing in a small raised bed next to a wall along the sidewalk. I always had the feeling it was happy there. Especially in the soft morning light. Every time I see this image I am reminded of the joy this playful palm tree brought to me.

A broad leafed weed on a long tall stem.
“The Beauty Of A Tropical Weed” — Image by Author

This sculptural weed grew in the walled courtyard of my home, a block from the palm above. It sprouted in the early rainy season of my first summer in Oaxaca.

I paid close attention to its daily growth, as I walked by several times each day. Just like the age old cliche, “it grew like a weed.”

I made this image when it was over four feet tall. I was fascinated by its sculptural leaves…

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GE McKerrihan

I’ve been using the camera for nearly 50 years. I write about Photography, Art, Travel, and Life. Top Writer in Photography, Art, Creativity, and Inspiration.