hammock beckons

This Throwback Thursday, we have returned to the Royalton Cancun with our entire family. You may have noticed that I am not as present on social media sites, and now, you know the reason!  I am publishing this post from December 2015, when we first holidayed, just the two of us, at this particular resort. It was then that we decided we would bring the family here one day…


“The dignity of the artist lies in his duty of keeping awake the sense of wonder in the world.” Marc Chagall.

Although I do not consider myself a photographer by a long shot, probably no more than I consider myself an artist, I do enjoy opportunities that present themselves to take pictures.  I imagine real photographers cringe when they see photos taken with gadgets such as the iPhone and iPad but I am quite happy using either of these gadgets for my photos.

On a recent holiday to Puerto Morelos, Mexico and the Royalton Riviera Cancun, I painted, sketched, and I took many photos. I posted on Facebook and Instagram right on the spot, but I saved a few special photos for this post.

The hammocks swaying in the warm breeze were especially beautiful. They beckon us to stay a while and enjoy the last rays of the day.

hammocks beckoning on the beach
hammock on beach

Action on the beach…

As inviting as the hammocks appeared to us, they were hardly ever in use. Most of the action happens closer to the water. Hawkers try to sell silver jewelry, and mariachi singers come by singing Mexican tunes. The usual photographers make their appearance with birds and monkeys. They try to convince tourists to have their pictures taken to bring home.

Late in the day, just before the sun set, we explored the area past our resort.

There are no hotels other than the Royalton Riviera Cancun on this Mayan Riviera section, part of the Puerto Morelos Reef National Park. The sandy beach and the mangroves extend as far as the eye can see on both sides of the resort.

On the day I took these photos, there was quite a lot of seaweed, more than usual, washing up on shore.

Driftwood – nature’s art

We came upon a fascinating piece of driftwood. From one direction, it appeared as a big lizard coming out of the ocean. Do you see its leg? It even looks as though it has claws (a piece of seaweed caught in the wood).

driftwood lizard on Mexican beach

From the other direction, the same piece of driftwood had an entirely different look. Tell me if you see a seal on this stretch of deserted Carribean beach…

seal driftwood

There is much to see, much to discover in this wonderful world of ours.

“Spend the day appreciating every little thing that comes your way, and you’ll end the day feeling deeply grateful for your life.” – author unknown. 

May your days be filled with wonder.

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mexican holiday - puerto morelos

4 Responses

  • Chère Louise, Je n’ai jamais vu de si jolis hamacs, bordés de dentelle crochetée !! Quel beau rêve que de penser s’y étendre !! C’est tellement surprenant qu’ils n’étaient pas plus utilisés !! Merci pour tes bons voeux pour la nouvelle année. Une artiste comme toi ne manque pas de nous étonner ! Merci pour le partage !

    • Ahhh, tu es tellement gentille. C’est la dernière fois que je parlerai de ce beau voyage mais je garderai mes souvenirs pour mes vieux jours!

  • Great shots Louise, and yes the lizard did turn into a seal. Just like a piece of wood I photographed in Hilo which definitely looked like a kangaroo, was I missing home?

    • Thanks Sally. I love driftwood and hadn’t seen any in a long time. I was happy when I came across this fine specimen.

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