April 9, 2013

Las Pozas, Mexico

Photograph by Diane Cook and Len Jenshel, National Geographic

This Month in Photo of the Day: Nature and Weather Photos

When a freak freeze killed the orchid collection on his Mexican estate, English eccentric Edward James created Las Pozas, a garden with surreal follies like the concrete Bamboo Palace—durable and immune to the vagaries of weather.

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26 comments
Andi Crosby
Andi Crosby

This image reminds me of something out of Alice in Wonderland. It's both mysterious and beautiful!

Justin Herobrine
Justin Herobrine

This photo reminds me of the Mines of Moria in Lord of the Rings. I would like to see this in real life.

Shannon T
Shannon T

What a spectacular view from the top of the structure. Would love to see it. Nice photo.

pan xu
pan xu

不是很懂英文,但是这残旧的建筑,让人很想知道其后面的故事。

CoShane Rich
CoShane Rich

how old is this house?also I like how you got the hole thing

journee journee
journee journee

This is a fantastic photo I like that this is like a fairy tale and it is in like a jungle kind of place.

Jason Kay
Jason Kay

It looks like the the Elves domain from JRR Tolken's Lord of the Rings. Not sad, but mysterious and enchanting.

Candy Harden
Candy Harden

Strange how sometimes we feel trapped and can't escape because we are fighting ourselfs for explanations or reasoning,.This photo is comforting but madness of the mind to find balance. Who ever that person is has more questions then answers about himself. The picture is is still

Candy Harden
Candy Harden

Somehow, it is strange how beautiful it is yet it's depressing. When a man builds things it is most likely for a women but if the women suffers from depression that is within. Those stairs bother me, the photo is lovely but depressing:(....I had to look at this closely because I want to say it feel like a closet was built but built that closet to escape. For example the saying goes..I would sometimes like to go under a rock and stay there, what if the rock was built to my needs so I can go and stay there literaturly. The stautes

Candy Harden
Candy Harden

I would like to read his books someday, what is behind those stairs, I don't like those stairs. A person best kept serect is in plain site near roses hanging that use to hang, But the statues are more important. another classic, money can't buy everything!! The buildings remain but the happiness was long gone. To capture beauty takes time and essence but to capture the heart is always a fighting battle.I like the photo from this morning so much that I saved it but one thing that comes to mind (everytime I look at it) is the song by christina aguilera "we are beautiful". Nothing significant, more interested in the Ivory statues and the red plants that use to hang....wrong site I guess, birds can fly away why can't humans do the same? The wall

Brandon Holt
Brandon Holt

It has a beauty and feel of mystery about it that makes it seem like it's a set of ancient ruins out of a fantasy game/novel. 

M. A
M. A

A Splendid creation from a great poet, this is the place where Imagination comes Alive.

Sherly Millo
Sherly Millo

@pan xu Sir Edward James al llegar a México, llego con la idea firme de hacer un jardin del edén encontró un lugar muy hermoso con mucha vegetación a lado de un rio, y ahí decidió construir lo que hoy es conocido como el Castillo de Sir Edward James en Xilitla(huasteca Potosina), pero lo que muestra esta foto no es ni un 5% de lo que construyó, Sir Edward tenia un albañil (obrero) de confianza y el solo dibujaba los diseños y el obrero los hacia realidad en cemento siendo realmente él una pieza importante en la construcción del Castillo junto con un escultor y un arquitecto . Lamento no contestarte en Chino pero si me seria complicado ya que no lo hablo y menos lo escribo. saludos y espero visites las pozas en Xilitla, San Luis Potosí, no te arrepentirás  de paso visitas toda la huasteca potosina

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