Our first night in Mexico, we ate in one of the buffet areas. Delfonso, our waiter, seemed to like talking with Dianna, helping her with her Spanish. Then he took a palm leaf, shredded it into several sections, and within about two minutes, fashioned a grasshopper for Dianna!
These flowers were in Xcaret, an ecopark in Mexico along the Yucatan penninsula. Xcaret has been described as "Mexico's answer to Disney," but is a very nature-oriented kind of park. There's one major area of the park devoted to orchids and bromeliads. This was probably the major time that I missed my macro lens, but I also knew that getting Brian and Dianna to patiently wait while I focused with a macro lens, and a tripod, would have been beyond foolish. So these beauties were shot in just the very basic RAW, and auto mode. My mother would have absolutely adored this collection.