Photographer's Note

Latin American countries often have cemeteries that are lively and colorful. This cemetery in Copan Honduras with it's pastel colors and bright flowers honoring the dead as they make the short cross over journy into the afterlife is no exception.

Cemeteries in general always make good photographic subjests and are an open window into the history of the local area.

It was getting close to sundown, the shadows were getting long and the mosquitos were out looking for nice American blood, hey who isn't out for American blood nowadays? My hot dried parched lips were in need of a couple of Salva Vida's the local brew of Copan, in other words "The nector of the Mayan Gods". I was lucky enough to find this graveyard not far from my hotel and glad that it was empty of the living except for me. I did not want to stay long because I was afraid that someone might lock the the gates behind me.

It is nice to see how the poor people of Copan honor loved ones that have passed on to meet their maker. Poor people in third world countries spend almost their whole entire existance praying for a better life and to see that better days that almost never comes.

No Matter how small this cemetery on Copan is, there will always be room available. Every few years because of the hard rains and floods caused by hurricane seasons many mudslides unearth the caskets buried in the soft soil and slide them down the mountain like some snowboard on Jackson Hole Utah. The streets down the hill are flooded with brown watery mud and when the water dries many coffins are found on the streets.

I was born in Honduras and moved to the states at the age of 7 years old, most of my family has lived to be over 90 years old. I could not help to see and noticed that most people here in Copan have died of a ripe old age. Baring natural disaster I'm looking forward to a long life of praying for better days.

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