Photo Of The Day – Caribbean Gradient

Title: Caribbean Gradient Location: Cozumel Island, Quintana Roo, Mexico, North America ( 87° 1’27.56″W  20°22’12.52″N) Description: Some shots are best taken while on vacation and from a beach lounger. A passing hurricane had stirred up sediment and brought some larger waves (yes, these were the largest waves we saw) Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Feeling Abstract

Title: Feeling Abstract Location: Sea of Cortes, Baja California Sur, Mexico, North America Description: A friend mentioned liking abstract photos so I gathered a bunch of mine into a gallery on my photo site. A lot of these, including the image above, are greatly edited to give a Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Eye of the Whale

Title: Eye of the Whale Location: Sea of Cortes, Mexico, North America Description: The gray whales in Magdalena Bay on the Baja Peninsula of Mexico can be downright curious. With our motor off, this baby gray whale, born maybe a month before our visit, was visiting boat after Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Breaching Whale At Sunset

Title:Breaching Whale At Sunset Location: Gulf of California, Baja California Sur, Mexico Description: While the rest of the guests aboard our UnCruise Adventures sailing were facinated with breaching whales off the bow, I took the time to look behind us as I have a thing for layered mountains. Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Mobula Rays In Formation

Title: Mobula Rays In Formation Location: Gulf Of California, Baja California Sur, Mexico, North America (24°35’50” N 110°24’12” W) Description: Swimming with mobula rays in the Gulf Of California is an unforgettable experience. The majesty and grace these huge fish demonstrate in their natural environment is humbling and Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – California Sea Lions Resting At Isla Los Islotes Before Dawn

Title: California Sea Lions Resting At Isla Los Islotes Before Dawn Location:  Gulf Of California, Baja California Sur, Mexico, North America (24°35’53” N 110°23’60” W) Description: California sea lions sit on shore, resting, before the sun hits the horizon. Sometimes called the Belt of Venus, the colorful phenomena Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Breaching Humpback Whale At Sunset

Title: Breaching Humpback Whale At Sunset Location: Gulf Of Mexico, Baja California Sur, Mexico, North America (23°7’1″ N 109°25’15” W) Description: The golden light from a setting sun captures the spray thrown off by a breaching humpback whale off the coast of Baja California Sur in the Gulf Of Continue Reading →

Riviera Maya Caves And Cenotes Worth Returning To

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The place was called Indiana Joe’s and yes, they used the same font at the Indiana Jones franchise, so I knew there was a good chance of cheesiness involved. Joe’s was made up around two central, natural features, a pretty cool cave system and a cenote, which is a naturally occurring underground pool.

My daughter and I were visiting Indiana Joe’s along the Riviera Maya coast of Mexico on a press trip and dang it was hot. Melting-my-brain hot. Or at least, frying-my-patience-for-a-heat-weary-kid hot. We were luxuriated with an air conditioned van, a driver and a local guide, so it seems odd to complain, but we’re from the Pacific Northwest and this kind of heat saps our strength.

Once outside of the van at Joe’s the temperature could be felt and we were eager for the caves, knowing they would be naturally air conditioned. Later we would find the cenote to be frigid, but in a good way. I have no pictures of the cenote and that is a shame, because it is a cool swim-around cave.

The funny thing about tourist attractions in this part of Mexico is they often have to make stuff up to gain tourists and Indiana Joe’s is no different. We not only visited the cave and cenote, but also the ‘zoo’ they have there. We passed on the ziplines, opting to do those another day at another place. It’s a little cheesy, but understandable since most tourists in this area want to sit on the beach and maybe see some Mayan ruins at Tulum. Maybe.

The cave system was a leisurely 50 minute walk as I remember it and quite fascinating. In places they have to chisel new paths, but 80% of the cave is natural formations and passages. It’s not a ‘true’ caving experience as there are lights-a-plenty, but it is pretty cool to look at all the same. Kids will love it and if they don’t, just mention, “Where do you think the dragons sleep?” and you will have them hooked. It’s that kind of awesome.

I love places like this, honestly. The fact that thousands of people have been through the caves and they have been blasted in places to make passage does not take away from the awe and childish wonder in me. I love the formations and marveling at what time and water can do.

Take a look for yourself at the images above. (If you can’t see the images, click here to see the post online)

Oh wait! Obligatory, but useful, links to our hosts: Indiana Joe’s & Riviera Maya.

This is one place I would visit again on my own. It was cool (and refreshing!) and I love caves. If anyone else wants me to take pictures of their caves, drop me a line.

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Top 10 Photos Of 2012

My friend and fellow photographer Jim Goldstein is not only a great photographer, he invites people to share their work through his annual round-up of everyone’s best images from the previous year. I’m not one to participate in many “Best of…” lists, but it’s an honor for me Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Lightning Storm Sweeps Zihuatanejo Bay

Title: Lightning Storm Sweeps Zihuatanejo Bay Location: Zihuantanejo, Guerrero, Mexico, North America Description: Storm clouds churned up by Hurricane Irene unleash their power over Zihuatanejo Bay in Mexico. Camera Canon Rebel Xti Lens Canon 18-200mm Shutter Speed 30 Seconds Aperture f/3.5 ISO 100 Focal Length 18mm Click HERE Continue Reading →

Worldwide Sunrises And Sunsets Calendar Now Available

My next calendar with images from around the world is now available for sale. Going with an ever popular theme, Worldwide Sunrise And Sunsets takes you on a journey around the world every month with images from Jordan, Nepal, India, UAE, Mexico, Tanzania, Canada and the USA. The Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Underground Lake

Title: Underground Lake Location: Aktun Chen Natural Park, Riviera Maya, Mexico, North America Description: The caves of Aktun Chen are a fun exploration for all ages. Sabrina really enjoyed all the stalactites and stalagmites but really didn’t like it when they shut off the lights to show just Continue Reading →

A Block Of Puerto Vallarta As Seen In License Plates

Wandering Puerto Vallarta, I was struck with how international areas of the town were. Up from the water, the homes become modest and comfortable. A place I would like to live. Near the beach, the highrises and hotels crowd the sun and beckon travelers to the water’s edge. Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Balance

Title: Balance Location: Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico, North America Photograph Creative Commons Copyright Peter West Carey Are you interested in joining a photo tour in Nepal, Bhutan or India in 2012? Email me for more information or click here.

Photo Of The Day – Power Hungry

Title: Power Hungry Location: Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico, North America Shot with a Canon 7D and Canon 28-300mm L lens with settings of ISO 100, 40mm, f/5, 1/125th of a second Photograph Creative Commons Copyright Peter West Carey Are you interested in joining a photo tour in Nepal, Continue Reading →

How To Take A Decent Tropical Sunset Photo – 31+ Days To Better Photography

Raise your hand if you’ve taken this type of picture: Great sunset, huh? I know, because I took this. It was an awesome sight. My first night in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and out of the sub-freezing temps in Seattle. On top of that, SUN! And relaxation (of a Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Blazing Sunset

Title: Blazing Sunset Location: Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico, North America Description: Taken from the beach with a 50-500mm lens, the sun pancakes into the Pacific Ocean but not before lighting clouds afire. Shot with a Canon 7D and Sigma 50-500mm lens with settings of ISO 100, 500mm, f/6.3, Continue Reading →

Photo of The Day – Puerto Vallarta Sunset

Title: Puerto Vallarta Sunset Location: Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico, North America Description: I just arrived in Mexico this evening and was treated to a becalming sunset right in front of the resort. A good way to start a trip. Shot with a Canon 7D and Canon 28-300mm L Continue Reading →

Learn More Photography (And Blogging) In The Mexico Sunshine This Winter

I’m happy to announce I will be presenting photography tips and tricks at a parenting blogging camp this winter in Puerto Vallarta. My slice is small, but I’m also there as a resource when not presenting. This camp is a far more easy going time than a normal Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Loreto, Baja California Sur – JoAnna Haugen

Title: Loreto, Baja California Sur Location: Loreto, Baja California Sur, Mexico, North America Description: This photo was taken from the roof of La Mision Hotel in Loreto, Mexico. Though the Sea of Cortez, which was behind me, was certainly picture worthy, it was this shot I liked best. Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Cross and Cruise Ship – JoAnna Haugen

Title: Cross and Cruise Ship Location: Huatulco, Mexico, North America Description:This photo was taken in Huatulco, Mexico. What really struck me were the two contrasting features of the photo: The cross, which sat outside a small church, and the cruise ship, which had pulled into port not long Continue Reading →

Riveria Maya’s Xplor Waterpark And Ziplines

Xplor is a waterpark with a zipline problem. It had a chance to be super campy. Xplor. Even the name seemed a bit over the top. Yet Xplor turns out to be a lot of fun. The park is a newer addition to the Riviera Maya coast of Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Through The Jungle

Title: Through The Jungle Location: Tulum, Riviera Maya, Mexico, North America Photograph Copyright Peter West Carey This image for sale as a print or may be licensed for use Photo Tours To Nepal, Bhutan and Italy now scheduling for Fall of 2011!  More Information. Photography Workshops in Seattle, Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Riviera Maya Dock

Title: Riviera Maya Dock Description: Before heading out for a morning of snorkeling, this dock was begging for some relaxing meditation.  Or maybe a margarita. Location: Riviera Maya, Quintana Roo, Mexico, North America Photograph Copyright Peter West Carey This image for sale as a print (form below) or Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Tulum And The Caribbean

Click On Image For Larger Version Title: Tulum And The Caribbean Description: The dramatic location of Tulum along the Riviera Maya coast of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula always makes for great photography.  Yes, the water really is that color. Location: Riviera Maya, Quintana Roo, Mexico, North America Photograph Copyright Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Tulum Ruins

Click On Image For Larger Version Title: Tulum Ruins Description: The ruins at Tulum, Mexico, are some of the most scenic of the Mayan legacy.  Located as a port city on the Caribbean Sea, Tulum is an easy afternoon explore, while the many paths and excellent tour maps Continue Reading →

Exploring The Mayan Ruins At Coba

COBA!! Why do I type it like that? Check out the view from the top of the Nohoch Mul temple. Nohoch Mul is the tallest temple at Coba, Mayan ruins found 44km from the Carribean Sea and 40km from the more famous Tulum ruins. While Tulum has its Continue Reading →

Sabrina’s First Snorkel In Mexico And Overcoming Fears

Sabrina was very excited to go snorkeling in Mexico last month.  I was happy too, because I was worried her swimming ability would hold her back.  (she’s comfortable in the water, but not solid confident yet)  We rode a catamaran out into the shallows around the Riviera Maya Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – ChichenItza Sun God – Tomasz Wagner

Title: ChichenItza Sun God Location: Quintana Roo, Mexico Description: This must have been one of my very first favourite photographs. Photograph Copyright Tomasz Wagner Portfolio | Blog | FB Fan | Twitter | Flickr | 500px | Contact me

Playing In The Waters Of Mexico

Sabrina and I had a great time in Mexico earlier this month, playing in the waves, the cenotes and Xplor, the ziplinning, water splashing, cave exploring fun park that it was. Here’s a quick video that shows the waterborne fun to be had. Having Fun In The Waters Continue Reading →

A Great Stay At Dreams Tulum In The Mexican Riviera Maya

Luxury is not my normal beat. But I also don’t turn my back on it. Maybe you would call it a hybrid lifestyle or some other goofy catchphrase. I’m simply not one to quickly poo-poo nice accommodations because they cost more per night than my tent costs altogether. Continue Reading →

Additional Summer Plans – Mexico, Dominican Republic and Concrete, WA!

Since my last post on Summer Plans just two weeks ago, some new and exciting additions have been, uhhhh….added!  A couple of press trips to sunny locations (even though the weather around Seattle is really trying to make up for most of June) and some rock climbing. June Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – The Beach, Zihuatanejo

Title: The Beach, Zihuatanejo Location: Zihuatanejo, Mexico Settings: ISO 100 Focal Length 200mm (320mm Equiv) Shutter Speed 1/200 Aperture f/6.3 Exp Comp -1/3 Camera Canon ESO Rebel X1i Lens Sigma 18-200mm Just another day on the beach in Zihua.  Nothing special done to the image. Photograph Copyright Peter Continue Reading →