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July 29, 2009

La Aduana, Sonora, Mexico

La Aduana Sonora Mexico photo galleryHere are some photos from a trip I made to the Alamos area in the state of Sonora, Mexico, a few years ago. This first set features the old silver-mining town of La Aduana which was founded in 1540 to provide a location for the collection of taxes and royalties on the silver mined from the Quintera mine before there was any chance of loss to highway robbers or pirates on the high seas. La Aduana in Spanish means the "customs office".

Today La Aduana is almost a ghost town, with a small local population and many crumbling adobe ruins, all providing rich material for a photographer!

Reminder: The 40% off sale on my flower prints will end after this weekend.

These photos were actually taken way back in December 2002. Not knowing what I was doing at the time, I over-compressed the jpg files and they are pretty small as well. But I managed to save them by devising a way in Photoshop that smooths the jagged edges of the jpeg artifacts with a painterly effect that is somewhat like a colorful watercolor. I'm so glad I spent some time figuring out a way to salvage these images as there are so many great places and moments to share from this trip. There will be more to follow.

La Aduana Photo Gallery

Here's the video of the La Aduana set:

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