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Puuc Hills: Tacob, Sayil, Labna, Xlapac

Puuc Hills: Tacob, Sayil, Labna, Xlapac

Puuc Hills: Tacob, Sayil, Labna, Xlapac

Puuc Hills: Tacob, Sayil, Labna, Xlapac

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Puuc Hills: Tacob, Sayil, Labna, Xlapac. The architecture ...

Puuc Hills: Tacob, Sayil, Labna, Xlapac

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Puuc Hills: Tacob, Sayil, Labna, Xlapac

Puuc Hills: Tacob, Sayil, Labna, Xlapac. The Governor's Palace at Uxmal ...

Puuc Hills: Tacob, Sayil, Labna, Xlapac

Puuc Hills: Tacob, Sayil, Labna, ...

Puuc Hills: Tacob, Sayil, Labna, Xlapac

Puuc Hills: Tacob, Sayil, Labna, Xlapac

Puuc Hills: Tacob, Sayil, Labna, Xlapac

Puuc Hills: Tacob, Sayil, Labna, ...

Puuc Hills: Tacob, Sayil, Labna, Xlapac

Puuc Hills: Tacob, Sayil, Labna, Xlapac

And it's pronounced just like it's spelled: Edz-nah. Edzna. Sounds like the name of the blowsy waitress at that ethnic diner down by the docks.

... Xlapac Puuc Hills: Tacob, Sayil, Labna, ...

Uxmal! Click the thumbnail to view a photo gallery. Don't forget to click the “i” symbol at the lower right of the screen to view the captions.

Uxmal, (pronounced, oosh-mahl), is, in my opinion, the most aesthetically spectacular of all the Mayan cities. The beautiful jungle setting, the quality of ...

The historic range of the Maya was a vast expanse that encompassed fully a third of the land area of Mesoamerica: the entire Yucatan peninsula, ...

Most of the Yucatan is flat as the proverbial pancake, but there is an area just inland from Campeche and Merida where the karstic limestone folds on itself ...

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Puuc Hills: Tacob, Sayil, Labna, Xlapac

Puuc Hills: Tacob, Sayil, Labna, Xlapac. A Mayan ...

Becan Chicanna Rio Bec

As photographers, we all have our specialties: the subjects, locations, or events that really get our creative juices flowing, and inspire our best work.

Puuc Hills: Tacob, Sayil, Labna, Xlapac

Becan Chicanna Rio Bec

This ruin of an ancient Mayan city, located in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas, ranks among the most famous archaeological sites in the entire world.

Becan and Chicanna: Mayan Cities in the Rio Bec Style

Click the thumbnail (above) to view a gallery of photos from Coba and Muyil. Be sure to click the “i” icon on the lower right of most pages, ...

Tulum is not all that large, as Mayan sites go, but its spectacular location, right on the east coast of the Yucatan Peninsula, makes it one of the best ...

Becan Chicanna Rio Bec

Down by the Guatemalan border, in a remote corner of the Mexican state of Chiapas, there's a small Mayan ruin known as Bonampak. The ancient, long abandoned ...

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Map of the ruins at Uxmal. Click for an expanded view.

El Castillo, the famous Mayan pyramid at Chichen Itza, around mid-afternoon on a day in mid-October. That's still the off season, so the crowd is small.

The paint on the lintel of the temple doorway atop this pyramid is plainly visible, and something of a rarity. You need a telephoto lens to take a picture, ...

Becan Chicanna Rio Bec

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That part of the ruin will stay empty for awhile even after the buses arrive, because most of those bus passengers head straight for the snack bar before ...

The pyramid of the Painted Lintel:

as well as the Nunnery and the Iglesia, the Church, buildings with some of the most astonishing detail of any Mayan site anywhere:

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All you have to do is step to the left and use your zoom. Much better!

and the mysterious Group of a Thousand Columns:

A good wide angle lens can get you in close enough to crop out all the people, even in the middle of the day. It does, however, distort the perspective a ...

Click the thumbnail (above) to access a comprehensive Palenque photo gallery. Don't forget to click the “i” symbol at the lower right to view the captions.

The tallest pyramid in the Yucatan, and one of the few structures of its size at any Maya site that visitors are still allowed to climb.

Same shot, with the unwanted elements removed–including those pesky fence posts. Click the photo above to see the image with a “before and after” slider.

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Uxmal (Click photo)

The paint on the lintel of the temple doorway atop this pyramid is plainly visible, and something of a rarity. You need a telephoto lens to take a picture, ...

On our second morning in the Tetons, we roused ourselves well before first light. We didn't break down our camp, and we didn't bother with breakfast.

The base of the main staircase at El Castillo, with the famous serpent's heads, and a crowd of brightly dressed tourists in the background, spoiling the ...

An expatriate, or “expat”, is someone who has deliberately moved away from their native country for the specific purpose of establishing a new life in a ...

Luxuriate in the emptiness of the place, because you know that won't last! When you're finished, walk through and beyond that area to the back end of the ...

Becan Chicanna Rio Bec

... soon)! Okay–so I've actually DONE it, and it was more amazing than I ever could have dreamed! I drove north from Arizona, following the west coast ...

The Temple of the Warriors:

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With the sloping sides and the relatively large stone rings, it would have been far easier to score a goal here than in the huge ball court at Chichen Itza

Click the thumbnail (above) to read my post on Chichen Itza!

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It's still a great picture, and the people are all out of the frame.

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Click the thumbnail (above) to read my post about Edzna!

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White Sands National Monument (Click Photo)

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It's one of those bucket list things that I've always wanted to do, and since I recently retired, I finally have the time for it.

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Bosque del Apache Wildlife Refuge (Click Photo)

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The ball court just after 8:00 AM

The ball court in the afternoon

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Canyon de Chelly (“D'Shay”) is a geological marvel of the first order, a hidden treasure, tucked away in a remote section of the Navajo Reservation in ...

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The call to “COFFEE!” was welcome indeed, followed by another good breakfast of pancakes and whatnot. With the confluence of the Little Colorado beckoning, ...

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Mexican Road Trip

Day two, our first full day on the river, dawned clear and cool. I awoke even before first light, restless on my cot, and slept out, after going to bed so ...

The lower wall of the ball court. This was shot at mid-day. There were people everywhere, but none in the picture.

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Getting Ready For the Drive: What to bring? Some of this is almost too obvious to mention, so I'll speed through it without getting too specific.

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Players couldn't touch the ball with their hands or their feet, only their hips and elbows, and they had to wear thick leather armor to avoid being injured ...

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A sign on Mexico Route 199 between Palenque and the town of San Cristobal de Las Casas, advising travelers that they have entered the territory of the ...

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