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Old August 14th, 2012, 09:17 PM   #21
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Today we will visit COAHUILA.

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Coahuila is the third largest state in Mexico, largely dominated by deserts. Industry and mining are paramount. Coal and iron produced in Coahuila have been pivotal in is development. From above, the geography is dominated by deserts, prarires and ranges of mountains.

Mountains can be rocky, or soft. They can run straight in parallel, or make winding courses, or twist as snakes. They can be short and hot, or tall and covered by snow in winter.

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Formas orográficas del Bolsón de Mapimí (2) por Hotu Matua, en Flickr

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Formaciones orográficas del Bolsón de Mapimí por Hotu Matua, en Flickr

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Serpiente de montañas por Hotu Matua, en Flickr

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Sierras coahuilenses según los dioses por Hotu Matua, en Flickr

The highest point in Coahuila is Las Vigas Peak, with 3751 m over sea level. Coahuila's mamal fauna include deer, groundhog, black bear and coyote.

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Sierra de Arteaga nevada desde el aire por Hotu Matua, en Flickr

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Sierras de Coahuila 2 por Hotu Matua, en Flickr

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Old August 14th, 2012, 09:42 PM   #22
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Saltillo is the capital city, with a size and population roughly similar to that of Hermosillo and Chihuahua (little less than a million), the other two capitals I have presented.
This is a delightful city which combines history, culture, architecture and a vigoruous industrial economy. As most Mexican cities, you can't find a tall skyline, as cities grow through sprawling and few people are willing to live in apartment buildings.

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Panorama de Saltillo por Hotu Matua, en Flickr

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San Juan Nepomuceno a lo lejos por Hotu Matua, en Flickr

I close this stop by presenting two other aerial photos from the sierras close to Saltillo, in the direction of Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, which will be our next stop tomorrow.

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Old August 15th, 2012, 11:56 PM   #23
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I have seen several such winding mountain formations somewhere in Coahuila, on flights Chicago-Guadalajara. I'm not quite sure if they're the same, though

Thanks for sharing.

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Old August 16th, 2012, 04:16 PM   #24
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Today I am showing you the state where I live: NUEVO LEÓN.
If you love mountains, this is the place for you. Nuevo Leon is less dry than the other states we have visited so far, as it is closer to the Gulf of Mexico and its humid winds.

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Nuevo Leon has three distinct zones: plains, the Eastern Sierra Madre, and the plateau.
Sierra Madre defines the temper and climate of this region. Mountains are young, bold and capricious.
So, here are the views from above. Let's start our feast.

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El Potosí desde Santiago por Hotu Matua, en Flickr

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La última cresta antes de la planicie por Hotu Matua, en Flickr

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Old August 16th, 2012, 04:28 PM   #25
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Monterrey is the capital of the state. It is a big city (roughly 4 million in the metropolitan area) with a very dynamic economy based on industry, education, banking and other services. From above, though, the most striking feature is itse unique location among peaks of mountains. The most iconic mountain is, beyond doubt, El Cerro de la Silla (Saddle Hill).

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El suave azul del amanecer por Hotu Matua, en Flickr

It is not uncommon to find the city entirely covered by clouds, and the mountains standing out alone as islands in the middle of a white sea. Let's enjoy the views.

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Amanecer sobre la Sierra del Fraile por Hotu Matua, en Flickr

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Crestas de Chipinque al amanecer por Hotu Matua, en Flickr

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Cerro de la Silla en el Jacuzzi por Hotu Matua, en Flickr

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Baño de burbujas para un estegosaurio (3) por Hotu Matua, en Flickr

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Old August 16th, 2012, 04:33 PM   #26
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Since Monterrey is surrounded by such mountains, it is easy to take photos from the slopes of any of them and get panoramic views. There are also buildings or towers from which to get other angles of this fantastic metropolis. So this is the city where I live. The city from where I am uploading these posts.

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Panorama supremo de San Pedro Garza García por Hotu Matua, en Flickr

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La transparencia de la mañana (7) por Hotu Matua, en Flickr

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Los privilegios de un domingo temprano por Hotu Matua, en Flickr
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Old August 16th, 2012, 06:52 PM   #27
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Wow, amazing mountains around Monterrey.
Can you tell me where is taken exactly the pic La última cresta antes de la planicie, I want to see it from Google maps
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Old August 16th, 2012, 07:54 PM   #28
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Try to locate the southernmost tip of Monterrey in Google Maps, then go down to the town called Santiago. Between Santiago and Monterrey there is a damm called Presa La Boca which is the one taken in that picture (I guess :P).


Need to say thanks Hotu for sharing your work. I ve really enjoyed the journay with such nice aerials and good writings. Keep em coming and hope yoy find a way to print a Book with your artwork.
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Thx, found it!
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Old August 18th, 2012, 10:51 PM   #30
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Our nest stop is TAMAULIPAS

Tamaulipas is a strategically located between the sea, the border with he largest market on Earth, the wealthy state of Nuevo Leon, and the fertile Huasteca zone to the south.

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Tamaulipas por Hotu Matua, en Flickr

This state has large natural gas reserves, and is a paradise for hunting and fishing.

From above you can distinguish four mayor areas: the mountains, the coast, the fertile south and the not so fertile north, bordering with Texas.

This is a photo of the Eastern Sierra Madre, where you can find extraordinary forests

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Sierras Madre Oriental en Tamaulipas por Hotu Matua, en Flickr

The cost, always interesting

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Norte de Tamaulipas por Hotu Matua, en Flickr

The lush of the southern plains, where the flat land is interrupted by this iconic mountain, the Bernal de Horcasitas, which could serve well as a stage for a Steven Spilberg film about extraterrestrials.

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Bernal de Horcasitas (closeup) por Hotu Matua, en Flickr

A reservoir in the drier north, close to the border

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Presa El Azúcar por Hotu Matua, en Flickr
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Old August 21st, 2012, 11:28 PM   #31
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Thank you for the massive amount of effort you put into this project. WOW is all I can say, completely blown away.

Monterreys mountainous skyline is stunning!
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Old August 22nd, 2012, 09:08 PM   #32
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Thank you, Mindtrapper.

One of the most important hallmarks of Tamaulipas is its natural border with Texas, the Bravo or Grande River.
Here you can track the river and appreciate how the croplands become much orderly on the North (USA) just across the river. In the bottom, Ciudad Diaz Ordaz.

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Ciudad Díaz Ordaz por Hotu Matua, en Flickr

On the next photo, the border between Roma, Texas (left) and Miguel Aleman, Mexico (right). Unfortunately, this land is ruled by bloody drug cartels

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Chulas fronteras por Hotu Matua, en Flickr

The next photo shows the international bridges between Reynosa (Mexico) and Hidalgo (Texas)

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This is the port of Altamira, the second most important one in the Gulf of Mexico, close to Tampico, the largest city in the state.

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El puerto de Altamira según los dioses por Hotu Matua, en Flickr

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Old August 22nd, 2012, 09:16 PM   #33
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Ciudad Victoria is the capital city.
It lies just at the feet of Sierra Madre. It is a rather small, but clean and tidy city which concentrates, despite its size the best educational and medical services for the state.

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Ciudad Victoria según los dioses por Hotu Matua, en Flickr

Here a panoramic view from a hill, with the mountains as backstage of the tiny skyline

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Old August 23rd, 2012, 08:49 PM   #34
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Let's visit SINALOA today.
Sinaloa is a long state that stretches along the Pacific Coast, going from the deserts of Sonora in the north to the tropical mangroves swamps of the south, and from the sea level on the west to the heights of Sierra Madre on the east.

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Sinaloa in Mexico por Hotu Matua, en Flickr

The next photo shows the first elevations of the Sierra Madre.

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Sierra Madre y el rio por Hotu Matua, en Flickr

Sinaloan agriculture is well developed and this state has transformed into a major food basket for Mexico.

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Campos cultivados que rodean Culiacán por Hotu Matua, en Flickr

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Campos de cultivo en Sinaloa por Hotu Matua, en Flickr

Culiacan is the capital city.
These are some pics of the surroundings

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Sur de Culiacán desde el aire por Hotu Matua, en Flickr

And the city itself.
You will find that Mexican cities are very horizontal, which sets them apart from the trend observed in most Latin America.
Living in apartment buildings is something most people dislike in this country. This can explain, partially, the unique sprawling of Mexican cities.
Please don't let this lack of tall buildings mislead you concerning the per capita income or overall prosperity of the towns I am showing you.

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Culiacan según los dioses por Hotu Matua, en Flickr

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Culiacán según los dioses por Hotu Matua, en Flickr

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This is Culiacan at sunset, from a hill
Culiacan's economy is based on agro-industry and services.

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Culiacan desde La Lomita por Hotu Matua, en Flickr

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Tarde sobre Culiacán por Hotu Matua, en Flickr

Mazatlán, in southern Sinaloa, is an important fishing port as well as touristic resort.
This is a photo from a balcony in a hotel

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Oro de sol y mar por Hotu Matua, en Flickr

This one is from a hill, focusing on the old, historic downtown

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Mazatlan, otra perspectiva por Hotu Matua, en Flickr

And finally, in this one, I want to show you the pink hue of the sea at sunset. I have not edited the colors.

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Old August 23rd, 2012, 10:53 PM   #36
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Thank you for this wonderful thread and your great commentary!!
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Hotu is one of the bes photographers i've witnessed.... congrats!!!!
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Old August 24th, 2012, 09:25 AM   #38
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Excellent shots! You have quite an eye Hotu, you always seem to capture very interesting angles. I really enjoy looking at your pictures.

Have you had a chance to take any aerials of the southern states?

Anyway, I look forward to seeing more of your work.
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Old September 17th, 2012, 05:21 AM   #39
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Thanks to all of you for your comments.
After a long pause, I am back on this thread.
I would love to show you right away the souther states, Mario, but we will get there. I prefer to keep going north to south in a general journey first. Later on, if I get more pics during my future flights, I will start posting them without any particular geographical order.

Let's review now the state of DURANGO.

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Durango por Hotu Matua, en Flickr

Just lke Chihuahua, Durango is occupied for the most part by the Western Sierra Madre and therefore blessed by forests, deserts, canyons, mountains that are snowed in wintertime, and breathtaking landscapes. It was the perfect stage for Hollywood's Western movies.

Here are some photos:

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Sierra Madre Occidental en el sur de Durango por Hotu Matua, en Flickr

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Ésta es la Sierra Madre (2) por Hotu Matua, en Flickr

Santiaguillo lake.

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Laguna de Santiaguillo, Durango por Hotu Matua, en Flickr

Springtime comes with periodic fires. Drought has been specially harsh over the last few years.

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Incendios en la Sierra Madre por Hotu Matua, en Flickr

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Incendios en la Sierra Madre (2) por Hotu Matua, en Flickr

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The city of Durango lies in the Guadiana Valley, right in the center of the state.
It is a charming city of around half a million inhabitants, with a pretty baroque historic downtown and some industrial parks in the surroundings.
Here is a photo from 30,000 feet.

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Valle del Guadiana por Hotu Matua, en Flickr

When the atmosphere is calm and transparent you can notice from this heights the spherical nature of our planet by looking into the curve of the horizon

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La Tierra es Curva por Hotu Matua, en Flickr

The Fuerte River is born in Durango and drains into Sinaloa and the Pacific Ocean.

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Río Fuerte según los dioses por Hotu Matua, en Flickr

Let's say Good bye to Durango with a last view at their magnificient Western Sierra Madre

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