Photographer's Note

Most of my still life shots from Merida have been exclusively of the city's beautiful walls (here, here, and here), but in this case it was the wonderful confluence of identical shades of green on this Volkswagen Beetle and the nearby wall that caught my attention. I also rather like the glare off the car, which gives an accurate feel for what the sun was like that day: hard and brilliant.

Merida, and Mexico generally, is absolutely infested with VW Beetles. Why? German production of the Beetle was severely scaled back in the 1970s so that this car, which had been almost ubiquitous in Gringo America in the late 1960s became much more scarce (until the recent introduction of the new Beetle). During the same time, however, Beetle production was shifted to Brazil and Mexico, where it continued unabated until July 2003, when the "old" Beatle finally went out of production for good. I don't think I saw a single "New Beetle" while I was there, but the old-style Beatle was e-v-e-r-y-w-h-e-r-e.

For a full (and very interesting) history of this unique car, check its Wikipedia entry. I'm not even a car enthusiast and I enjoyed reading it.

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