Entries from Hermosillo

Photo · · Hermosillo

Wheat Paste Rex

Frank and his crew create made-to-order piñatas for events in Hermosillo, Sonora. He was kind enough to let me hang out at his workshop last week and learn more about his process while I learn more about mine.

Adding wheat paste to long strips of newspaper to cover a piñata mold
A covered piñata mold drying
Painting the face and eyes of the T-Rex piñata
Adding teeth to the T-Rex piñata
Completed T-Rex piñata dries in the sun

Photo · · Hermosillo

Coco

Soap dish from beyond the veil.

Soap dish portal to the más allá

Photo · · Hermosillo

Autumn Leaves

Tree leaves along Blvd Miguel Hidalgo
Leaves changing color in Hermosillo's plaza
Palms along Boulevard Miguel Hidalgo

Some autumn leaves in Hermosillo

Photo · · Hermosillo

Engrudo

Adding wheat paste to strips of tissue paper for a piñata

Adding wheat paste to the strips of tissue paper that will cover a piñata before it is painted.

Photo · · Hermosillo

Raul

Agave with name carved in it

Note · · Hermosillo

They are called Mexican wedding shirts

I have been to two Mexican weddings in the past year. Both times I have agonized over what shirt to wear.

Last night my sister-in-law married her sweetheart in a cozy ceremony in the garden of a hotel in Hermosillo. As I was putting on a tie I had brought to wear with the white shirt and black slacks I had bought earlier in the week, Hiram asked if I didn't have another shirt.

"I'm afraid people will think you are a waiter."

So I lost the tie and wore the other shirt — the one with the tiny polka dots. 

On the way to the hotel, we passed a pair of missionaries dressed in exactly the same clothes I was going to wear originally.

Ho hum.

It's hot in the summer in Hermosillo and it's just as well I didn't wear the tie, which I had only retrieved in the first place from a box from the nineties in the closet because I felt guilty for not wearing a blazer I don't own.

At the wedding I took some photos because I can't not take photos. Later, looking at Hiram's brothers in the pictures I had a thought.

Light bulb.

What they are wearing is what English speakers call Mexican wedding shirts. They are for sale in many places in Tucson in many colors and styles, new and vintage, expensive and not.

The answer to my question of what shirt to wear was sewn into the shirt I could have worn. 

Family and friends at Zayra and Arturo's wedding

Family and friends at Zayra and Arturo's wedding

Photo · · Hermosillo

The Bell Mountain

El cerro de la campana is especially green after all the rain this summer.

The Cerro de la campana is especially green after all the rain this summer.