Photographer's Note

The Temple of the Iguana is largely ignored. It does not even appear on the map in my guide book. Located about 50 metres southwest of the Pyramid of the Magician and to the east of the Ball Court, it was constructed with a somewhat eclectic architecture. The frieze, with its three-member colonettes, is in the early Puuc style, while the pillars with their square capitals are Maya/Toltec as may be seen at Chichen Itzá.

There is an article I enjoyed reading from an issue of the Baltimore Sun, "Walking with the Maya Culture.....", February 02, 1997. And I take the following quote therefrom.

"But, still, the iguana is worth considering, for its ability to hide in plain sight. It is there in front of you and, yet, not seen. It disappears into its stillness. It is as unmoving as the stones of Uxmal. In this it is like the Maya: They are everywhere, in every city and village.

The men stare out through dark eyes seemingly without pupils. The women, always busier, go about in their chemises, trimmed in embroidery. Their language is thick in the air. Yet, they are not seen, not really. Many of them want it that way, though not all."

I can hear you ask. Where is the iguana in this photograph of the Temple? Look to the left on the floor, two full pillars from the right! Just like the Maya, difficult to see, at Uxmal.

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  • Copyright: Ken Boulter (Sardonik) Silver Note Writer [C: 2 W: 0 N: 915] (1950)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2013-05-14
  • Categories: Architecture
  • Exposure: f/4, 1/400 seconds
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  • Date Submitted: 2014-01-18 3:43
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