“Calendar Selection” For Through Harold’s Lens Image “Rattling Rhythm”

Rattling Rhythms.
Through Harold’s Lens:

Indian dancers stomped
Through San Miguel de Allende.

Love at first sight
The rattling pods
Footloose they were.

Circles of drums
Circles of dancers.

Belly to pavement
Mr. Nikon clicked away.

Selected for the annual calendar of the Garden Club of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.

“Strum & Hum”

MEXICO Through Harold’s Lens:

Stroll through the alleys and narrow lanes of San Miguel de Allende with the legendary Estudiantinas.

These student singers, dressed in 16th century medieval costumes, play their lively, contagious music as they strum their musical instruments, sing and dance.

Visitors follow behind them dancing and drinking wine from a flask.

“Photograph Of The Week” For Through Harold’s Lens Image “Siesta Time”

MEXICO Through Harold’s Lens:

The soothing tranquility of the hammocks were in direct contrast to the hustle and bustle of the market in San Miguel de Allende.

Selected as the “Photograph Of The Week” by the newspaper Atencion, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.

“Photograph Of The Week” For Through Harold’s Lens Image “Church of the Nuns”

Church Of The Nuns. MEXICO Through Harold’s Lens:

The Church of the Immaculate Conception, called Las Monjas (The Nuns) in San Miguel de Allende.

A twelve-sided dome modeled after the Chapel of Les Invalides on the left bank in Paris.

Work on the church began in 1755. The dome was added in 1891.

The statue of the Immaculate Conception sits on the top of the dome.

The convent inside was founded by Dona Maria Josefa Lina de la Canal y Hervas, the eldest daughter of San Miguel de Allende’s wealthiest family.

She was the town’s richest debutante and most eligible bachelorette.

At the age of 16, when her parents died, she petitioned the King of Spain to found a congregation to be known as the Sisters of the Immaculate Conception.

She then donated the land and took her huge inheritance and built a convent to hold 72 nuns.

At her death at the age of 34, Josefa was interred after the most elaborate funeral the town had ever witnessed.

The Sisters of the Immaculate Conception, the same order that founded the convent in 1754, is the same order that resides in the convent today.

The convent originally held 66 cloistered nuns and 6 secular nuns. These 6 nuns would interface with the outside world. Each nun was to bring a dowry of 4000 pesos.

Today Las Monjas still contains a small cloister of active nuns.

Selected “Photograph Of The Week” by the newspaper Atencion, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.

“Friends Drop In”

Friends Drop In
MEXICO Through Harold’s Lens:

During the early dawn hours I can often see and hear a brightly colored hot air balloon drifting high over my home against the royal blue sky.

One morning the “whoosh of fire” was loud.

I rushed out of my home with my camera.

10’ above my patio this image floated by.