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Friday, January 9, 2009

Foto Story Friday #31 -- Kohunlich, Mexico

Hosted by Cecily and MamaGeek

Picking up right where we left off last week, we have the view straight down from the Howler monkey's tree.  Quite the drop, as the tree is growing on the top of a building.

Looking out across the top of this large building we see (above) the remains of perhaps rooms that were once a part of this structure.  
Another room?
The gal in the pinkish hat and I snuck around the side and headed for the steps.  In order to get up to the top, you had to pass through a narrow walkway -- one person at a time.
This shot and the one above are from the top of the building where the Howlers reside. Oh what a vast city this must have been.  I stood here trying to picture it as it might have been thousands of years earlier.  The people going on about their daily routines, the weary travelers just arriving in the city.
Were these doors? Windows? Who stood here?  What were their thoughts? Concerns? 
Looking up the steps to the building, see the man in the dark shirt?  He is standing in the passage that leads to the Howler tree.  It was taking too long for the others get down to wait and get the shot w/o people.
Down on the flats, there were several smaller buildings.  Were they houses?
If you enlarge this photo,it will tell you that the palace was begun in 600 AD and that it underwent several modifications. 
The palace from below, a massive structure.
Across from the last photo, you find that they are actively restoring the building here at Kohunlich.
A small temple, across the courtyard.
Close up on the workers restoring the structures here.  We sat on the steps listening to a lecture on the area, my mind continued to wander and wonder.  There was SO much to see and not nearly enough time to see it all. 
What do you see in this photo?  Not mine, my father-in-law's photo, I was too busy climbing temples and taking photos to have even seen it.
Next week we will finish our visit to Kohunlich.


Chris said...

I'm going to have to stop coming by if you're going to keep putting up gorgeous vacation pictures -- I don't know if my frozen winter soul can take it.

Are You Serious! said...

♥ Great pictures! You're goign to have a ton of vacation scrapping ahead! :)

Joyce said...

Wow! That is an awesome, educational vacation you are on! Wonderful. The size of that ancient palace is truly amazing.

latree said...

that was a great vacation you had. I'm still waiting for you to come over, and I'll drive you right to Borobudur Temple. I promise, Insha Allah!

Wifey Dessert said...

wow those pics are amazing!! sounds like an amazing trip!!!

Cathy said...

That is awesome! I had to enlarge the last photo to figure out what it was! At first I thought it was a snake...but now I see it is a frog. I'll bet you had a great time!

rochelle said...

I found the frog, too. It was kind of hard...great camoflauge! I love how you put your thoughts with the pictures. Isn't it amazing to think about what those people did and how they lived?

Kacey R. said...

Wow! So beautiful!

Lorina said...

Very Beautiful!

Debra said...

ICKY! I HATE reptiles!!

Wonderful pictures... what an amazing experience!

david mcmahon said...

Howlers - what a great name!

Mama Zen said...

Amazing pictures!

Cecilia said...

What a fun vacation! Love the photos!

lisaschaos said...

That is a massive and massively cool structure! I love the decaying frog in that last shot too!

CC said...

A tree growing out of a building? So cool!!

angie said...

That frog really blends in, doesn't he?

I love that you were able to actually climb the ruins. GREAT shots!

Jaina said...

Looks like so much fun. I hope you had a great weekend!