I wanted to share this image because I love the detail (at least there is a lot of detail in the original), and the techniques that were used by the people that built the hotel that evokes such feelings of ancient mystery. I haven’t found that hotels or resorts pay that much attention to detail or take the extra steps necessary to help put a person in a place or state of mind. This scene reminded me somewhat of Disneyland, or the way Disney would create an environment. One thing I cannot portray here is that Pueblo Bonito Emerald Bay has their own “signature scent” – they use a coconut lime verbena sent in their laundry, hotel rooms, shower gel, shampoo, etc.. It’s delicious!
I’d say this was 5 exposures, hand held; but I really used a tree as a mono-pod. To get this shot I had to step off the pathway and hug a palm tree. I placed my camera up tight against the tree and wrapped my arms around the tree to keep it in place. I’m sure I must of looked a little funny – the gardener that was nearby shook his head and smiled to himself when he thought I couldn’t see him.
Okay, well – that’s probably enough of the Emerald Bay rotundas. Next time – something completely different.