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Wildlife of the Everglades

Finishing up my Caribbean vacation in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, I was able to snap some pictures of the wildlife of the Everglades.  Unfortunately, most of the pictures I took were from a moving airboat, so many of them were blurry … Continue reading

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Plants of the Everglades

At the end of my Caribbean Vacation, I stopped at Everglades holiday Park in Fort Lauderdale, Florida for an airboat ride through the Everglades.  Sawgrass (Cladium jamaicense) and spatterdock (Nuphar lutea) are everywhere, interrupted only occasionally by pickerelweed (Pontederia cordata). Vista … Continue reading

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The Ak’iin Beah Club in Tulum, Quintana Roo, Mexico

After touring through the Mayan ruins at Tulum, I stopped by the Ak’iin Beach Club for lunch and a chance to get my feet wet in the Caribbean.  The day was cool, overcast, and the skies were spitting rain.  Few people … Continue reading

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Final Views of the Mayan City of Tulum in Quintana Roo, Mexico

The Mayan city of Tulum in Quintana Roo, Mexico is a compact site with only a handful of archeologically interesting structures.  The city is, however, located right on the Caribbean, lending it perhaps the Mayan city with the most beautiful … Continue reading

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The Temple of the Frescos and the Great Palace in Tulum in Quintana Roo, Mexico

The Temple of the Frescoes and the Great Palace in the Mayan city of Tulum in Quintana Roo, Mexico are described in interpretive plaques on the site. Templo de las Pinturas (Temple of the Frescos) This building conserves most of the … Continue reading

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The House of the Halach Uinic in the Mayan City of Tulum in Quintana Roo, Mexico

Each Mayan city was ruled by a man called the halach uinic who also served as high-priest.  The house of the halach uinic in Tulum is relatively well preserved.  Above the entrance is an elaborate carving protected in modern times … Continue reading

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The Castle in the Mayan City of Tulum in Quintana Roo, Mexico

The main attraction in the Mayan city of Tulum in Quintana Roo, Mexico is El Castillo or The Castle.  The descriptive plaque for the structure states: This is the most imposing building of Tulum and, without a doubt, was also the … Continue reading

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A First Look at the Mayan City of Tulum in Quintana Roo, Mexico

The second Mayan archeological site I visited in Quintana Roo, Mexico was the coastal city of Tulum.  The city was at its height between the 13th and 15th centuries.  Tulum was unusual in that it was a walled city with the … Continue reading

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The Left Side of the Temple of the Masks in Kohunlich, Quintana Roo, Mexico

The one thing that visitors want to see in the Mayan city of Kohunlich in Quintana Roo, Mexico is the Temple of the Masks.  The structure is now largely covered with palm thatch, protecting the masks.  On the left side of the … Continue reading

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The Right Side of the Temple of the Masks in Kohunlich, Quintana Roo, Mexico

The shining star of the Mayan city of Kohunlich in Quintana Roo, Mexico is the Temple of the Masks.  The structure now visible was covered by later construction, leaving the masks in remarkable condition.  At least one of the stone … Continue reading

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