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The Fields of Oaxaca

I believe it was a famous photographer who once said, “Some of the best photos this world has seen were taken from small, fogged-up airplane windows while flying over the state of Oaxaca.” Even if that’s not true, I’m still going to subject you to a photo I snapped on our descent into the OAX airport this afternoon– primarily for the viewing enjoyment of the many farmers & recovering farmers in my family. :)

Take a look at these stripey farm fields in Oaxaca state:

This looks like a modern art project, executed in crops.

The colors are a little anemic due to the multi-paned airplane window, but trust me that this flora was much more vibrant in person– particularly since the rainy season has begun in Oaxaca! I found the thin, multi-colored patches quite scenic. (Especially as opposed to my alternative view across the aisle– a man who seemed to be trying to put the moves on his airplane seat mate.)

More farm stripes! You are riveted!

It may not mean as much to those of you who are not Midwesterners & hence did not grow up viewing aerial photos of your Dad’s farm. So, check out this Google Satellite view of the farm land north of Pleasanton, Nebraska to get a sense of what an average US farm looks like. (And if you were wondering, yes, Pleasanton is home to the famous Sandbar restaurant & bar.)

Maybe this struck me today because it reminded me of the beautiful, stripey quilt that my Mom just finished for me & John, to accent our new gray/blue bedroom walls. Here it is on display still in her home:

Can you say talented quilter?? She even whipped up multiple pillows!! Go Marcia!!!

And speaking of beds (smooth transition, eh?), I was welcomed tonight after my arrival into Oaxaca by this message spelled out in leaves in my Camino Real hotel room:

John, don't get your hopes up expecting nightly love notes spelled out in cherry blossoms on our new quilt. ;)

This is how I was meant to live…but realistically I will only be living like this when Mexico Today is picking up the tab. :) Thanks to them for a great evening in Oaxaca!

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6 Comments on “The Fields of Oaxaca”

  1. #1 Miami Jorge
    on Jun 25th, 2011 at 9:26 am


    I’m so glad to read your words once again! I miss laughing hysterically at the computer! Why is it that the farms in the US are round?

    Hope all is well. Say hello to John for us…


  2. #2 Julie
    on Jun 25th, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    Thanks Jorge!! They look round from above because of the pivot irrigation systems that rotate in a circle. :) Learn something new everyday, eh??

  3. #3 Ana L. Flores
    on Jun 26th, 2011 at 9:17 pm

    Love this! I was lucky enough to be sitting on the side of the plane where I could see Monte Alban right next to me. I was in such awe that by the time I remembered to pull out the camera the plane´s wing was covering it.
    Next time I´ll be prepared!
    Missing you all already!

  4. #4 Laura
    on Jun 27th, 2011 at 10:27 am

    Great photos! I love the quilt – your mom has some great design sense! Does she do these on commission?? 😀

  5. #5 Laura in Cancun
    on Jun 27th, 2011 at 11:59 am

    On my flight into Oaxaca, we flew right by Monte Alban! I got a great picture of it :)

  6. #6 Julie
    on Jun 28th, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    Thanks ladies! I am sorry I missed the Monte Alban views from above!!
    Laura– I also tried to promote my mom doing quilts-for-hire, but after she told me the costs of material + time spent, we agreed it might be a bit high for most interested buyers. :)

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