Olmec head in Villahermosa

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Comments (13)

Marilyn Whiteley on November 5, 2007

The terrible flooding in Villahermosa sent me to my pictures of the remarkable Olmec heads there. This one is about 2.5 metres high, a most imposing piece of sculpture.

Tom Lussier Photogra… on November 6, 2007

Impressive sculpture indeed. Very nice composition with the dappled light. Tom

Marilyn Whiteley on November 6, 2007

Thank you, Tom. Often dappled light is a problem, but I agree that here it turned out to be an asset. Marilyn

Ryan Calhoun on November 6, 2007

That's quite an impressive head! He seems not to be very happy, maybe because the body is missing. It's a wonderful photo, Marilyn!

Marilyn Whiteley on November 6, 2007

Thanks, Ryan. I guess recently he might unhappy about not being able to breathe. The flood waters at Villahermosa have been halfway up the statues! At least there's no danger that they'll float away, but the destruction to the area sounds dreadful.

© Michael Hatten htt… on November 7, 2007

I saw a story on these Olmec heads. there appears to be many heads and they are still finding more. They are finding them on top of a hill and they are burried about 30 feet in the earth.

Wonderful shot!


Marilyn Whiteley on November 7, 2007

Thanks, Michael. I'm glad if they are finding more; they are truly remarkable. The ones we saw had been moved (no small task!) to a large park where they are well separated and there is much vegetation, so visitors come upon them one at a time. They were moved there as protection from the oil exploration that was occurring in their original site.


Marilyn Whiteley on November 8, 2007

Thanks, Bruce. I have a typical straight-on shot that I'd put into the family picture show and album, and I only realized this week that I like this one better! Marilyn

© SisAnnick on November 18, 2007

thanks for my son, Marilyn. I will tell him when I catch him ! this naughty guy is always laughting about my shots. He got a blog with nice pictures and strange texts that you may discover if you read french www.cambodgemondolkiri.blogspot.com friendly Annick

Marilyn Whiteley on November 19, 2007

I am sometimes less than cheerful, but this is not a self-portrait! ;)

Gashish on January 10, 2008

Прикольно! Видимо изображённый парень захотел стать Спанч Бобом?!! =)))

joselito2311 on May 9, 2011


Leskra on November 24, 2011

Perfect match with my picture of the Olmec head in Chicago! Congrats, Marylin. Thanks for your participation in the DOMINO group. Greetings, Les

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Photo taken in Jesus Garcia, 86040 Villahermosa, Tab., Mexico

Photo details

  • Uploaded on November 5, 2007
  • © All Rights Reserved
    by Marilyn Whiteley
    • Taken on 2006/01/24 12:26:53
    • Exposure: 0.006s (1/160)
    • Focal Length: 16.60mm
    • F/Stop: f/3.200
    • ISO Speed: ISO64
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash