Monday, September 23, 2013

El Tenedor Del Cerro

Further into dreams, we walked.  A hill created of thoughts and ideas overlooking the city of Antigua, Guatemala

White-eared Hummingbird

Sometimes I have to stop and pull away from the birds and absorb the spaces I'm birding. 

Many of the images were haunting as we strolled this park known as El Tenedor Del Cerro(or the Hill's Fork).  This lush outdoor gallery showcases the many works of Guatemalan artists.

However, the heart of this park is based from the works of Efrain Recinos.  He passed away in 2011 but left quite a bit of his imagery behind for future generations to ponder.

In his work, he utilized lots of birds and soul devouring statues.  The image above was haunting.  What was he trying to say here?  The Resplendent Quetzal, Guatemala's national symbol and pride is shown in this ghostly form.

Then we come across many of these demonic images. It's like he actually captured evil spirits and put them inside of his work.  Talk about creepy. 

While we were at this park, we were able to play with birds.  Or they were able to play with our things.  Lynda and I had a great lunch on top of this hill overlooking the city. Now the parrots in the pic above seem to like me but really they were only interested in my buttons, zippers, and little metal pieces found around my gear.

There was a little boy fascinated by the birds.  He began to ask questions and instead of the people handling the parrots answering them, I had unintentionally taken over the job. They didn't have the answers and I took over because my Mother raised parrots and finches growing up.....and I could answer them.  I became so excited that I didn't realize what I had done until after the incident.

Notice the "hands" for feet

Spanish, birds, wildlife......

How does this picture make you feel?

I thank my Mom for exposing me to parrots and finches while I was in high school.  I didn't realize how this would all turn out in my life, but it seems one natural progression is turning into another. If it's one thing that El Tenedor Del Cerro does, it makes one think about random things. More to come.....


  1. Great pics Chris. The one of you with the birds is very nice!

  2. definitely some creepy artwork, but the parrots are adorable. :) the white-ear is really pretty!

  3. The statues are just plain creepy but the parrots are very cool and inquisitive. You are a natural Park Ranger.

  4. I found the art work interesting, although I am only seeing it on a laptop as am "on the road". It certainly sounds like an interesting country to visit, and I'm enjoying reading about it.

  5. I wouldn't want to see some of that art work all the time. Eeek. Love the birds coming to you!

  6. Wow, what a cool place! I love all the sculptures! And I would be tickled to have those cute birds perched on my shoulders. Wonderful photos, have a happy week!

  7. "Haunting dreams" you mean when you eliminate the live birds...

  8. Great shots and it must have been special having those birds on your person

  9. Amazing sculptures Chris and some great photos but I find them rather creepy too!!

    Love the photo of you with the parrots :)

  10. I love this sculpturer..Amazing shots..... thanks for your best wishes for my surgery ..Michelle /

  11. Fantastic! Liked the birds most.
    The birds in the wire make me feel like they are in jail. The images & art are truly different than our own. The painting at the end makes me think of you sitting there with the birds hopping over you looking for treats. Very entertaining & am looking forward to hearing more!

  12. Strange looking art work - but not all statues and such like need to look the same.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

  13. Hi Chris sorry i have not visited for a while,..internet problems, sorted now with a range extender.

    El Tenedor Del Cerro looks like an interesting place.Some haunting sculpture images there,but love the photo of you with the parrots. That little boy will remember you,it may well be the beginning of a passion for birding!
    Take care.


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