Daily Gazette columnist Carl Strock took these photos while vacationing in Mexico.
Devotees of San Judas Tadeo, Mexico City. The senor referred to is “Lord,” not “mister.”
A devotee of the Virgin of Guadalupe. Mexico City.
I apologize for going to the Ballet Folklorico, which is strictly a tourist show. It was a gift to my wife, and I did get this photo out of it, in problematic light.
Pomegranates in La Merced market. Mexico City.
I don’t much care for pretty pictures but couldn’t resist this one: bougainvillea framing a baroque church tower in Morelia.
Colonial architecture, Morelia.
A child passes an old wall surrounding a church, Patzcuaro, Michoacan (the photo is lighter here than it should be).
A street in Patzcuaro. I’m not sure if “CIA” refers to the Central Intelligence Agency or something else.
Firing a copper pot in a workshop in Santa Clara del Cobre, copper center of Mexico.
A flower and fruit “ofrenda” to the dead on the island of Janitzio, Lake Patzcuaro.
Prayerful offerings in the church of Janitzio.
This boy, who had been singing for money in front of an open-air restaurant at the Lake Patzcuaro docks, was fearful of me as I took his picture.
Flower bedecked graves on the Night of the Dead. Ihuatzio, Michoacan.
Vigil at a grave on the Night of the Dead. Cucuchucho, Michoacan.
An especially elaborate grave, Tzurumutaro, Michoacan. Barely visible: a bottle of rum in the hand of the skeleton figure on the right. The deceased must have been an imbiber.
The church on the central plaza of Taxco, Guerrero.
Men and boys do themselves up as women to honor, somehow, the Peruvian mulatto saint, Martin de Porres, in the plaza of Taxco.
A hefty drag-queen-for-a-day mugs for the camera with a Philippine tourist. Taxco.
Keeping the beat for the San Martin de Porres drag festival, Taxco.
A wall niche for the Virgin. Taxco.
Sunrise in Taxco, a quiet time of day.
A pair of hookers still on duty as the sun comes up on Avenida Hidalgo, Mexico City. I paid them to let me take their picture, as their apparent pimp stood by and monitored the situation.
A vendor outside the cathedral of Mexico City.
Selling religious pictures outside the cathedral of Mexico City.
A calavera (skeleton figure) and friend at the entrance to the National Palace, Mexico City.
A vendor of San Judas Tadeo figures near the church of San Hipolito, Mexico City.
A fire department display for the Day of the Dead in front of the National Palace, Mexico City.
Street food - specifically, tlacoyos - in Mexico City.
Dawn comes to Cholula, Puebla, with the church of Nuestra Senora de los Remedios on a hilltop.
Whipping up “espuma de chocolate” in the plaza of Cholula.