Tuesday, November 11, 2014


Lois and I took a short drive down the coast and visited the beautiful Vallarta Botanical Gardens last week.  Once again, we were amazed by the beauty of this fabulous local attraction and astounded by the amount of work and dedication that has gone into this extraordinary project over the last nine years.  Bob Price and his staff continue to develop and improve The Gardens and each time we visit we find new and expanded offerings.  The new Vallarta Conservatory of Orchids and Native Plants is now complete and they will be celebrating the grand opening next month.  This is an attraction for all seasons and I urge you to visit often and support them.  This is truly one of the finest attractions in our area and we are fortunate to have it so close by.  You can find further information at: https://www.vbgardens.org/.

I have included a few photos from our visit last week to give you a small sample of the stunning discoveries that await you at the Vallarta Botanical Gardens.  CLICK ON ANY PHOTO TO SEE A LARGER VERSION.

View of the Water Garden

Water Garden

Reflection of the Hacienda de Oro

Aqua Plants

The Water Garden

Water Lily And A Friend

Water Lily

Water Lily Plus

View of the New Vallarta Conservatory of Orchids and Native Plants

Interior View of the New Conservatory
Conservatory of Orchids and Native Plants

One of the Paved Trails 

View of the River From the Restaurant

Thursday, October 30, 2014


 Lois recently wrote an article regarding her impressions of the arrival of autumn in the tropics for one of our local publications here in Puerto Vallarta.  Her article inspired me to gather a few photos of Fall Color In The Tropics to share with you.  We drove down the coast a few days ago and enjoyed lunch at Lindo Mar right above the crashing waves on the beach.  Here are a few examples of the beautiful fall color we are experiencing  in late October.


Tuesday, October 21, 2014


Lois and I were visiting Nicole, Pedro and Paloma (our daughter and her husband and daughter) in Rome just about this time last year.  They live within walking distance of the Coliseum and we spent an enjoyable afternoon walking around and photographing the area.  It was especially interesting as the Coliseum was just beginning an extensive renovation and cleaning.  The project was described in the Huffington Post on October 12, 2013 as follows:  "The Colosseum in Rome is sporting a scaffolded look this fall while awaiting renovations to its exterior.  Work recently began on a three-year project that will clean the site, rebuild the exterior arches and reportedly open 25 percent more of the Colosseum's tunnels and cages to tourists.  Tod's, Italy's luxury shoe brand, is footing the 25 million euro cost of the project -- that's 33 million dollas! --in exchange for 'promotional opportunities.'  The restoration should be complete by 2015"

Here are some photos of this colossal landmark and the surrounding area.  CLICK ON ANY PHOTO FOR A LARGER VERSION.  Hope you enjoy  the photos and share this link with family and friends.

View of the Roman Coliseum
View of the Forum In Rome

Late Afternoon View of the Remains of The Forum 

 The Coliseum

Another View of the Coliseum

Remains of the Coliseum

 View of the Scaffolding Erected for the Restoration of the Coliseum

View of the Coliseum

Standing The Test of Time

View Through One of the Arches

 Layers of the Coliseum

 Detail View - The Coliseum

Mid Afternoon In Rome

Rome - View of the Coliseum
 Remains of the Coliseum

Monday, September 15, 2014


On Sunday, September 14th, El Dia Nacional del Charro (National Charro Day) was celebrated in Puerto Vallarta.  At 11:30 am, more than 100 members of La Union de Asociaciones de Charros de Puerto Vallarta (the Union of Puerto Vallarta Charrors Associations) and delegations from 7 countries (Chile, Bolivia, Ecuador, Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela and Mexico) participated in a parade through town with great clamor.  The parade started at Plaza Lazaro Cardenas and ended at the McDonald's on the Malecon.  A large and enthusiastic crowd was on hand for the spectacle.  Hope you enjoy the photos and please share this site with your friends and feel free to leave your comments.  More photos covering a wide variety of subject are available for your viewing on my web site at:  www.BudEllison.com. 
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 Rope Tricks In The Parade


 Many Groups Participating

 One of Many Participants



 Magic Rope

 This Guy Is Good With A Rope

With The Modelo Riders

 They Start Very Young

 Serious Young Charro

 The Princess

 The Princess II

"Giddy Up" 
El Charro

 Banner Bearer

One Of Several  Ladies Groups

 Another Young Participant 

 Rope Tricks

 Entertaining The Crowd

 Serious Charro


 Crossing The Bridge

 Charra On Her Horse

 Multiple Generations

A Beautiful Smile


Young Charro on Horseback

 The Flag Bearer

 A Young Charro

 Silver On The Saddle