Lake Atitlan, Panajachel, Guatemala

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Young and Old

I think I'm most fascinated by the very young and the very old people of the Mayans, although seriously they all are beautiful to me...

The school kids with their fresh happy faces, looking so healthy and energetic

The fathers who watch over everyone in their family
The mothers who quietly go about their work, usually with a child close to them

The farmers in the fields, or out selling their wares

The older brother or sister walking with a youngster, holding a cloth over the little one's head to protect him from the sun.

I have images of all these in my mind if not on my camera. Most likely not on my camera since I respect the people too much to be sticking a camera in their faces without permission, as tempted as I am to do so.

But the very young, the babies held close to their mothers, peeking out at the world with their round beautiful faces and bright clear eyes...oh how I love to see them!

And the very old, bent over, often barefoot, trudging up the hill carrying a load of some kind or pushing a cart.

Once there was a tiny, wrinkled old woman who must have been 80, with a strap around her forehead that held a huge bag of firewood, all of which had to weigh much more than she did.

The very young and the very old of the Mayans are among the most beautiful people I have ever seen.


  1. It always makes me feel good to hear about good people.

  2. What a lovely post! I am struck by how much your Mayans look like our Innu!

  3. These pictures capture their beauty. And your respect shines through. What a lovely experience spending time with these people, learning their culture.

  4. I love the way you describe. That's the story teller. What a wonderful new lease on life you have. Its refreshing to see how you really did keep life simple. Good for you. Wishing you the very best of happiness in your new home.

  5. You're a great photographer! That last picture in particular is really interesting; that person must be really strong to carry something that big without help.

  6. Beautiful photos and very nice post about the Mayans!

  7. Hi Karen - yes the poor, young and old in Guatemala give off a life-giving aura .. the cope no matter what and look good on it .. carrying their age as they go ...

    Lovely photos - I can see why you're mesmerised and why you love the babies - having had so many yourselves ... cheers Hilary

  8. Oh you have an innocent face combined with a face that has seen so much. Great post