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.
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.
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?
I have always loved the purple shades of mountains at this time of the day.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This is looking up from the Malecon to an affluent district.
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.
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.
What better place to enjoy dinner or a drink than sitting under the palms watching the sun’s descent into the waves.
No words needed.
The vendors light up their stalls at night. It all adds to the charm.
I rather think this is my favourite.
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.