a break

Mayan ruins at Tulum

the planetarium at Tulum

A couple of weeks ago, we went to Playa del Carmen, Mexico, for a short getaway. It was a great trip; made life here seem very far away for a few days. The warmth and the colors of the Caribbean were so enticing. I’ve been slowing posting some photos at my Flickr site.

One of our excusions was to the Mayan ruins at Tulum. It was quite amazing to be there. As a student of history, I’ve been following developments in Mayan archaeology for some time, so it was a real pleasure to actually visit a site, even though they no longer allow close access to the structures. The site itself is well chosen. It’s the highest topographical feature on that stretch of coast, so it has a commanding view of quite an area. One thing that always strikes me about ancient sites, including the effigy mounds we have here in Wisconsin, is how the people who built them incorporated the natural features of the landscape into the layout of their structure. Tulum is no exception. Here, it was very interesting for me to observe how the sighting structure (the small squarish structure at the left of the photo) related to its viewing location on the far wall of the city.

During the couple of hours we were there, I made quite a few photos. It was hard to do it without getting other tourists in them, but I did fairly well, probably in part because I always look for somewhat offbeat angles. But it also helped that inland from the main structures there is a bit of a hill, so you can eliminate the paths with people just by choosing a slightly higher point of view. For this photo of the planetarium, I was right up against the rope limiting access, so people weren’t a problem. The small plant in the lower right helps to make a nice triangular composition and provide a little depth.


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