Belize Pt I – Dark Seas

There’s a place in paradise with a little casita along its shores. Here, the whole world slips away.

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Life by Water: Ambergris Caye, Belize

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And this was a lot of fun!

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Photo Essay: Graniel’s Dreamland Product Photography, Wooden Bowl

After traveling to Ambergris Caye in Belize, photographing various artists utilizing the skill and exactitude of their hands, I purchased one of the wooden bowls from Graniel’s Dreamland as a gift, gifted, took it back and brought it into the studio… whew.  And now it’s done.

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Full bowl studio shot

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Close-up bowl studio shot combined into catalog spread with on-location workshop shot

Photo Essay: 12/21/12, Lamanai, Mayan Ruins, Belize (not the end of the world)

As prophesied throughout the Western world, 12/21/12 was thought to be the last day of civilization, the last Friday, the end of the Mayan calendar.  But as expressed via the wisest of the oldest known cultures (i.e. Hindu culture, i.e. Mayan culture), civilization does not come to an end, but embarks upon a new era.  Within tens to hundreds of thousands of years, humanity lives through periods of certain growth.  The Hindu calendar currently resides within the Kali Yuga, which according to ancient scriptures began in 3012 BC and is expect to last 10,000 years.  The Mayans have a similar system.  December 21st, 2012 was the end of an era, specifically the 13th Baktun, a 5,125-year cycle overall.  The Mayan Long Count Calendar continues.

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And so, we embark into a new cycle of life (according to the Mayans), and on that fateful day of Friday, December 21st, 2012, we visited Lamanai, the one of many Mayan ruins located within the jungles of Belize.  We found plenty of old, and many things anew.

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A local rum distillery, located directly next to a rehabilitation center for rich foreigners…

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Photo Essay: Hands on Ambergris

While traveling to Ambergris Caye in Belize, I reached out to local workers and artists about creating captivating imagery about their careers or passions.  Below is a taste of what came to be while visiting.

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Local handyman and contractor, Landy T. laying tiles in a vacation home.

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Workers at Graniel’s Dreamland build furniture, piers, bowls and anything wood out of locally harvested trees from the mainland of Belize.

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Glenn Schwendinger is an entrepeneur extraordinaire.  Fourteen years ago he landed on Ambergris Caye with his wife and chef Colleen, opened the fabulous Rendezvous Restaurant on the north end, created it’s own wine label and became the world’s largest conch pearl dealer.  Conch pearls? you might ask.  The world’s rarest gem found in 1 of every 10,000 conch shells.

Photo Essay: Belize in Winter

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Belize… heaven on Ambergris Caye for 10 days underneath the Caribbean skies.

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