I took this photograph standing on top of the Pyramid of Flowers at Xochitecatl, which was built on top of an ancient volcano.
I guess this explains my fascination with central Mexico. Wherever I went, knowingly or unknowingly, I found myself close, next or standing on a volcano. And in those places where the volcanoes are only visible on the horizon, the Aztecs built their pyramids as if they wanted to compete with the Gods who they, I guess, had assigned to the volcanoes. They probably did not know that this mount is an ancient volcano but still, the redundancy amuses me. A volcano shaped pyramid on top of the volcano. I do wonder if there is any research linking volcanoes and pyramids?
Back to the photo, there is a gate on top of the Pyramid of Flowers at Xochitecatl that belonged to a sacred structure. I used it to frame a couple who seem to have had a romantic moment.
I like the idea that I photographed the volcano, which is named after the mistress of Hernan Cortez, with a loving couple in it. Malinche was the first woman in the Americas who gave birth to a mixed race child and therefore, she is seen as the mother of modern day Mexicans. The Mexicans have mixed feelings regarding her part in history, but they named a prominent volcano and a beautiful tree after her, which I think is a nice gesture.