You Live and Learn – At Any Rate You Live
June 24th, 2010 by Les

“The cure for boredom is curiosity.  There is no cure for curiosity.”  Dorothy Parker

“I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.”  Douglas Adams

If I had an inkling of what I was doing I’d probably be bored.  Since I rarely have even a modicum of organized thought (the key word being “organized”) I am not easily bored as I am used to boredom itself.

It is the rainy season here in Ajijic, Mexico.  What that means is it rains pretty nearly every night.  We are not talking a light mist here.  We are talking a heavy rain with thunder and lightening.  Like everything else in Mexico, it is done with a passion.  The skies put on this power show – lightening going from one end of the sky to the other making the night seem like day.  This is followed by mega thunder bursts – again reminiscent of the passion shown by Mexicans for almost everything they do.

All of this is followed by rains that come down in sheets – not drops.  Of course, after all of this behavior is over the mornings dawn with light that looks like its coming through some type of sieve or filter.  At this point you notice how green and lush everything is.  The mountains are emerald in color and hidden, up top, by tuffs of soft gray clouds.  The sun peeks through, occasionally, bringing with it humid air enjoyed, for the most part, by the incessant bugs that dart about everywhere wily-nilly with little regard for noises, eyes, ears or hair.  They seem to think their realm is where ever they decide to go and, for the most part, they are correct.

David and I have not been doing as much walking during this phase of Mexican weather.  We prefer to get our daily meat quotient via grilled, sautéed, baked or fried means – not via one of our orifices that are available to the critters that dot the air.  Opening your mouth to speak is tantamount to a seven course dinner of Lilliputians size helpings.

Consequently, I am including with this blog pictures of David “working” with his clicky thingy.  Hidden behind palms at the end of our porch waiting for the ever entertaining hummingbird to light upon the gorgeous lilies that capture what little sun there may be on any given afternoon.  This is not boring to him.  He has the patience of a saint or, perhaps more accurately, the patience of an artist who knows another great photograph is a mere click away.

And how, you ask, do I entertain myself while David pursues his next great “capture”.  I, most naturally, watch him, watching them allowing my mind to wander to places very few people have travelled much less returned from – the ever elusive universe of man aka something like “The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy”.  “For a moment, nothing happened.  Then, after a second or so, nothing continued to happen.”

There is a theory which states that if every body discovers exactly what the universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable.  There is another theory that states this has already happened.  (Douglas Adams)  It is my theory that not only has this happened, it happened at night when everyone was asleep – just prior to the monsoons, and no one gives a darn except the flying critters of Ajijic.  Viva Mexico.

Enjoy some of David’s recent captures below….after my captures of David capturing the….oh you get my drift!

If you look closely you can see the "clicky thingy" in his left hand.

If you look closely you can see the "clicky thingy" in his left hand.

In flight.

In flight.

Which pedal?

Which pedal?





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5 Responses  
  • Linda writes:
    June 28th, 20101:47 pmat

    These are amazing. I love them. David you have a gift! Thank you so much for sharing.

  • Laurel Williams writes:
    June 25th, 201012:52 amat

    Congratulations on your booming new store. The photography is outstanding and the commentary is wonderful. Barbara Strisand was wrong. People who can express their creative to others are ,”the luckiest people in the world”. Well this is mostly true. Poor Vincent, not a real lucky guy.

  • Les writes:
    June 24th, 20107:09 pmat

    Hi Cheryl and DJ

    Thanks for your comments. David’s pictures are fabulous and he does have a way of capturing the essence of these little hummingbirds!

    As far as passion goes – me thinks mine is more weird then passionate. The Welsh are more stoic then passionate!

    Thanks again,

  • Darrin Jones writes:
    June 24th, 20106:32 pmat

    Great captures David and I love reading your writing Les. Very passionate, are you sure you aren’t a Mexican?


  • Cheryl writes:
    June 24th, 20105:49 pmat

    Wow unbelievable pics!! I just love hummingbirds, they are so fascinating, and to get to see them in such detail frozen in action! Wow!!

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