sometimes paradise is sheer perfection…

courtesy of facebook.com/zenzibeach

courtesy of facebook.com/zenzibeach

I mean seriously I can’t make this stuff up.!! This picture taken yesterday in Playa is sheer perfection.!! An ocean view complete with a spectacular rainbow (arco iris) from one of the tables at Zenzi Beach Bar (a personal favorite I might add).!

Due to all the storm activity in the Caribbean, the sky is always a beautiful mix of azure blue, clouds, and rainbows. That’s the upside. The downside is Hurricane Matthew was in the neighborhood and is heading north. Wishing everyone in the hurricane’s path Godspeed.

sometimes paradise is maja’che….

tormenta

On May 5th, Playa del Carmen experienced a storm or tormenta. The winds came suddenly, furiously and fiercely.

tormenta1

Maja’Che is the Mayan name for sudden winds that can knock over trees. My very brave friend P., the photographer, took these amazing photos. There are also some videos – I’ll see if I can post them soon. Also, there were some lovely calm “after storm” photos I’ll share next time too 🙂

sometimes paradise is stardust…

courtesy of facebook.com/soyplayense

courtesy of facebook.com/soyplayense

How appropriate that Soy Playense had this breathtakingly beautiful photo of the starry night sky last night. As if the universe itself was paying tribute to the Starman himself, David Bowie, who passed away on Sunday.

RIP David Bowie…what a truly beautiful, magical, and mystical man…

sometimes paradise is kool 2…

courtesy of facebook.com/koolbeachclub

courtesy of facebook.com/koolbeachclub

When I need a moment to relax, I visualize this beautiful view.!! I spent many days (and some nights) at Kool Beach Club and it never disappointed. And this week especially heavy with meetings, deadlines, meetings and more deadlines, I need this view more than ever.! Happy almost Friday.!!

sometimes paradise is chingona…

cancun airport

My friend P. took this photo flying over Cancun International Airport.! It’s just beautiful.! Or as one of her friends said, “Chingona foto.” I couldn’t have said it better myself.! Lol…. 🙂

For everyone who doesn’t know what chingona (f.) or chingon (m.) means, Urban Dictionary defines it as – a word used in Mexico for a “really fuckin’ cool girl or guy.” Or in this case, a foto (f.). 🙂

sometimes paradise is a doble arco iris…

courtesy of facebook.com/soyplayense

courtesy of facebook.com/soyplayense Foto: Christian Ventura

“Lluvia y doble arco iris, así iniciamos el día hoy.! Rain and a double rainbow, so we started the day today.!” – Soy Playense.

This was the magical scene in Playa del Carmen yesterday.!! Not one but TWO rainbows 🙂

courtesy of P.S.

courtesy of P.S.

sometimes paradise is frickin’ awesome…

courtesy of facebook.com/soyplayense

courtesy of facebook.com/soyplayense

My favorite place to be in Playa.!! In the warm Caribbean looking up at the gorgeous sky.! Takes my breath away every…single…time.!!

Happy Hump Day.!!

sometimes paradise is cloudy…

playa cloudy

Beautiful picture of Cozumel from my beautiful friend P., the photographer.!! It’s cloudy (nublado) here in Chicago too, so I feel closer to everyone in Playa today.! Enjoy the weekend 🙂

sometimes paradise is a blood harvest supermoon…

supermoon Cancun

supermoon Cancun

with a lunar eclipse thrown in for good measure.! As of right now, I only have pictures of the supermoon. But I promise if I get any lunar eclipse shots, I will post them 🙂

So last night, the world witnessed a blood harvest supermoon complete with a lunar eclipse. Wow.! And we won’t see another one for 18 years.!! Double wow.!! But what exactly does that mean.?! Besides that it’s gorgeous.!

full moon Cancun

full moon Cancun

Well, the moon is considered a supermoon when it is within 220,000 miles or 360,000 kilometers from the Earth. During that time, the moon looks 12 to 14% bigger and twice that much brighter.!! Hola Luna.!

The reason it’s called a harvest moon is because it’s near the Autumn Equinox (September 23rd) when farmer’s utilized it’s presence for (you guessed it.!) the harvest.

courtesy of facebook.com/soyplayense

courtesy of facebook.com/soyplayense

The blood moon moniker comes from the lunar eclipse. Last night, the Earth, moon, and sun lined up with each other. During that line up, the Earth’s shadow completely obscured the moon. But rather than being in complete darkness, the lunar eclipse gave off an orange to reddish haze depending on where you were in the world and other more scientific variables. I’ve also read it’s the name given to the fourth lunar eclipse in a lunar tetrad (four lunar eclipses in a row spaced at 6 full moons/months apart).

One of my good friends in Cancun took these pictures with his wife last night (they wanted to be anonymous). But their pictures were too beautiful to be hidden.! And the blood red moon comes from Soy Playense in Playa del Carmen. So enjoy 🙂

Cancun sky

Cancun sky last night

More info on last night’s super moon and lunar eclipse…

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/ct-blood-moon-lunar-eclipse-20150927-story.html

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2015/09/25/blood-moon-lunar-eclipse-super-moon-need-to-know/72790162/

http://www.timeanddate.com/astronomy/moon/super-full-moon.html