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We finished dinner early and headed for the Malecon before sunset.  I am told the best light for photography is an hour before and after sunrise and sunset.  As the sun rises earlier than I, we chose the evening option.  The sun sets around 7pm at this time of the year.

This is mainly a photographic essay with a few words thrown in for practice and form’s sake. And because, apparently, I always have something I think I need to say.

The mountains behind the Hotel Zone

The mountains behind the Hotel Zone

Using the zoom lens we get a nice view of the mountains changing colour as the earth turns and the sun seems to sink in the sky. The process is much faster here in the tropics than we are used to in the North.

We leave our condo and descend 95 steps to the next street and then it is a short three blocks to the Malecon.

Looking South and West from the Malecon

Looking South and West from the Malecon

The Malecon is an enchanted place in the evenings.  Here we see the swirling shapes of the clouds and a glimpse of the setting sun with the misty mountains in the distance. Can you hear the Mexican music in the background?

The Mountains to the South

The Mountains to the South

I have always loved the purple shades of mountains at this time of the day.

The sale by the footbridge over Riviera Cuale

The sail by the footbridge over Riviera Cuales

These sails provide daytime shade for a small plaza by the footbridge.  Sometimes they hold art exhibits here.

The rock formations in the ocean below the mountains are Los Arcos (the Arches).  An interesting geological formation and home to thousands of tropical fish. This is a favourite spot for snorkelling and scuba-diving.

Out from this area we often see humpback whales, mothers, infants and young males with spring on their minds.  The young males often put on spectacular displays of leaping and breaching to demonstrate their virility to the mothers, who are much more interested in protecting their youngsters.

Pelican diving for fish at dusk

Pelican diving for fish at dusk

We are always mesmerized by the brown pelicans who fly by in squadrons and suddenly plummet to the ocean to stun and capture fish.  They are especially fun to watch at sunset.

The vendors set up along the malecon

The vendors set up along the Malecon

Although this was Monday, a slow evening on the Malecon, the vendors were busy setting up their food stands.  There are some absolutely amazing desserts offered, from fancy gateaux to the local favourite flan.  These flans are nothing like the flans I remember from England.  They are more like a caramel cheesecake – but they don’t have any cheese in them…I guess I’m not too good at describing food.  But if you get a chance and you aren’t yet diabetic, try some.  You won’t regret it. There are lots of corn stands (not stand-up comics),  crepes of all kinds, sausage and fish stands, candy stalls and drink tables.  The smells are wonderful.

The stores add bright colours and colourful sellers to the scene

The stores along the Malecon add bright colours and colourful sellers to the scene

Although it was dusk the camera makes it look like daytime. There are condo units above the store, the lady on the balcony looks across the Malecon to the sea.  Great views and people and dog watching.

Towards GringoGulch and the coastal mountains

Towards Gringo Gulch and the coastal mountains

This is looking up from the Malecon to an affluent district.

The Rover Cafe beside the Riviera Cuale from the footbridge

Oscar’s Cafe beside the Rio Cuale from the footbridge

This restaurant has a very pretty setting and ok food.  last year it was almost always empty, but this year it seems more popular again.  We like to watch the cormorants and egrets fishing in the river.  Pelicans roost in the tree-tops.

Ritzy Condos by the river

Ritzy Condos by the river

The lamps add a touch of romance as the sun goes down

The lamps add a touch of romance as the sun goes down

There is nothing quite like the tropics at twilight for a romantic stroll.  Warm breezes, music and the incredible colours that paint the sky. The picturesque street lights enhance the atmosphere.

The sun caresses the clouds and makes them blush

The sun caresses the clouds, they blush.

Restaurant Palapas silhouetted in the sunset

Restaurant Palapas silhouetted in the sunset

What better place to enjoy dinner or a drink than sitting under the palms watching the sun’s descent into the waves.

Seahorse lamps light the Malecon

Seahorse lamps light the Malecon

The finale

The finale

No words needed.

Buy your hat or blanket here - it's almost free

Buy your hat or blanket here – it’s almost free

The vendors light up their stalls at night.  It all adds to the charm.

More decorative light fixtures

More decorative light fixtures

Burros (donkeys) Bar.  A popular place for food and beer.  Sit right on the beach.

Burros (donkeys) Bar. A popular place for food and beer. Sit right on the beach.

The new pier and sale with changing lights.

The new pier and sail with changing lights.

I rather think this is my favourite.

New restaurant hasn't yet attracted the crowds

New restaurant hasn’t yet attracted the crowds

The Malecon lights from the pier. Tome to walk back again.

The Malecon lights from the pier. Time to walk back again.

PV really is a lovely place at night.  The people are friendly and happy to enjoy family time by the sea.

Now we have to walk all the way back, then climb the 95 steps to the condo.  As long as hips and knees hold up its a pretty healthy lifestyle.

Next time ‘Faces of Vallarta’.  Thanks for coming along this evening.

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