DesertLeafJanuary2018“EXPLORINGCOLONIALLIMAPERU”storyandphotographyby Dan Chavez, see page 14 at the following link: https://goo.gl/sB4eEHDesertLeafDecember2016"OURLADYOFGUADALUPE:AWOMANFORTHEAGES"story and photography by Dan Chavez, see page 42 at following link: https://bit.ly/2vUEy8HDesertLeafOct2016coverstory"THESPIRITOFFRIDAKAHLO’SCASAAZUL"storyand photography by Dan Chavez, see page 42 at following link: https://bit.ly/2HXaPkCDesertLeafJan2016coverstory“SECONDCHANCEFORVINTAGEFIRETRUCKS”photographyincludingcoverphotobyDanChavez,storybyAlanPetrello,seepage42at following link: https://bit.ly/2r2DF9tDesertLeafOct2015"POSTCARDFROMHAVANA"articleandphotographybyDanChavez, see page 14 at following link: https://bit.ly/2jcQaed
Sept 2019 Publication date, Desert Leaf Magazine : “ANDALUSIAN ROAD TRIP”. This southernmost region of Spain is steeped in the popular images of Spain as the land of flamenco, ruined alcazars (castles), cavernous byzantine cathedrals, Mudéjar architecture, and bullfights. The article will share the adventure of a 10 day road trip exploring the region the cities of Sevilla, Cordoba, Rhonda, Málaga, and Granada. Oct 2019 Publication date, Desert Leaf Magazine: “MEXICO CITY, MUST SEE MUST DO”. With an infinite number of historic sites, museums, galleries, and parks planning a trip and deciding what to see and do can be a daunting task. The article will recommend the best of the best focusing on sites each from the City’s indigenous Pre-Columbian past, its Colonial splendor, and the renaissance that followed its 19th century war for independence and the 20th century revolution.Nov 2019 Publication date, Desert Leaf Magazine: "ARGENTINA’S AMAZAING GAUCHOS”.Since first visiting Argentina’s small town of San Antonio de Areco I have been captivated by its gauchos and their extraordinary equestrian skills. The article will explore Areco’s Fiesta de Traducciones, a two day festival dating back over 75 years, along with its customs of carne de res asado or grilled beef, folk music and dancing, and the amazing horsemanship of the gauchos as they compete in the events of herding, horse breaking, racing for the ring and horse training as well as the final day's gaucho parade through the historic center. Feb 2020 Publication date, Desert Leaf Magazine: “ESTANCIA EL CALCHAQUI”. The story provides a rare look into the activities of an Argentine estancia, including the breeding, and training of polo ponies; cattle breeding, round-ups, branding etc.; and crops (corn, soybeans and wheat). More specifically it highlights the important role of the petisero (horse grooms/trainers) in training the ponies. The piece also shares the excitement and pageantry of the fiesta at the small nearby rural town of Cuenca. The fiesta is similar to a rodeo in that it showcases the petiseros equestrian skills.
“FERIA DE SEVILLA”. Two weeks after Lent’s piousness and penitence Sevilla’s focus shifts to the merriment of music, wine, food and dancing that is Feria. The annual spring festival dates back to 1847 and was originally established as a livestock fair for cattle ranchers to bring their livestock to market. Today it has evolved into a fesitival where casetas, colorful tents, become alive with the rhythmic sounds of guitar music and the lively dancing of the Sevillanas, a festive genre of flamenco unique to the area, vino tinto and tapas!"POLO -CULTURE and TRADITIONS”. The article will explore in words and images Argentina’s celebrated polo culture along with its traditions. The article will cover polo’s history and development; the breeding, training and marketing of the polo ponies; polo player ranking and training; and lastly the sights, colors and spectacle of the Argentina Open, one of the world’s premier polo tournaments held every year in November and December in Buenos Aires. "SEMANA SANTA DE SEVILLA". Sevilla's Holy Week is one of the city's biggest annual festivals and is marked with great solemnness and religious pageantry consisting of reverent processions each day of pasos, floats of lifelike wooden religious sculptures with some of the sculptures dating back to antiquity. The devoutness of the Penitentes, Penitents dressed in their robes carrying oversized candles, the devoutness of the Cotaleros, the men who carry the pasos, and the bands playing funeral dirges slowly winding their way through the narrow streets is like stepping back into a bygone era.