Welcome to Alamos, Sonora, Mexico

1984 and the past and future meet in the present.

1984 and the past and future meet in the present.


On modern times, anthropocene and human nature
September 1775, De Anza is leaving with a Spanish expedition to create a fort in San Francisco to head off the Russians coming down the west coast. George Washington and his Continental Army have besieged the British in Boston as Colonel Ethan Allen is captured at the Battle of Montreal by the British. Much has happened in the following 236 years leading up to 2011. Some say this is part of a new epoch, the Anthropocene, as human events, consequences of collective actions, alter-change the planet…for more

Alamos, Sonora, Mexico seen from Gringo Point in the Sierra de Alamos. Photo by Anders Tomlinson

The little town of Alamos at night seen from Gringo Point in Sierra de Alamos

About Alamos, Sonora, Mexico
Alamos, 475 miles from Tucson, Arizona, is a National Colonial Monument in the southeast corner of Sonora, Mexico. Alamos, rich in silver and strategically located along the El Camino Real, played an important role in early Southwest history – especially California and Arizona.

Located at 1,360 feet elevation, Alamos, gateway to the tropics, savors a new season every six weeks in a picturesque valley that combines high Sonoran Desert, Sinoloan Thorn Forest and Tropical Deciduous Forest. Sierra de Alamos, the highest point in southern Sonora, is a federal preserve for the protection of flora and fauna. You find many things to do here, and or, like numerous visitors who are simpatico with Alamos, you will find yourself enjoying the profound realization of simply being…”if you stare at a cloud long enough it will disappear“.
Let your imaginations soar in this elegant outpost along the El Camino Real.

About this website
Anders Tomlinson takes one back through time, 1983 – 1996, to Alamos, Sonora, Mexico and a majestic landscape. Here, a sense of serenity greets one’s arrival. This website is also a development and promotional tool for Good Morning Alamos, Sonora, Mexico, a film, expected to premier in 2014, by Anders Tomlinson. Enjoy!

Daybreak in the Plaza is a quiet song that slowly builds into a symphony.
As the day turns from dark to light watch Alamos come alive. Everyday is a new start, another challenge, another opportunity. The late Levant Alcorn is seen collecting bird feathers on his morning walk around the Plaza de las Armas.

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This section is for Alamos residents to send contemporary photos with descriptions of any length. We are interested in what the future will gain by looking back at these photos.

A Garden Moment

Bee in alamos garden.  alamos, sonora, mexico.  photo by humberto enríquez

Bee and Azahar blossom. Photo: Humberto Enríquez

Without bees we be carniboros possibly because we wouldn’t have plants and trees giving us fruits and vegetables. The flower that the bee is working is the azahar flower, the azahar flower is the name for the flowers of the citric trees like lemon or Orange ( in this case a lemon tree). Overall is used like medicine, its soothing effects help eliminate discomfort caused by nerves. It is used as a traditional remedy against fainting. This was my most recent photo at the time, February 12, 2014. It was taken with my Nikon CoolPix L310 in my garden – Humberto

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alamos sonora mexico now anf then

This is a new section that compares scenes from 2014 to those from 1983 to 1996.
One can see that the trees have grown, the church has painted domes, and new homes can be seen in the background. New and old – past and present, together, is the story
of Alamos, Sonora, Mexico.

The Plaza Now

2014, looking west from El Mirador at Plaza, alamos sonora mexico. photo by Humberto Enríquez

2014 – looking west from El Mirador. Photo: Humberto Enríquez.

The Plaza Then

1993 Looking west from El Mirador at the church and plaza in alamos, sonora, mexico

1993 – looking west from El Mirador. Photo: Anders Tomlinson.

The shooting angles are close. But at this distance a few feet here and there will back a big difference along with the type of lens used. One goal of Good Morning Alamos, Sonora, Mexico film project is to replicate scenes that have changed from the same vantage point using the same lens, if possible. Big shout-out to Humberto Enríquez, our man of the moment in Alamos, Sonora, Mexico. Looking at these photos one can also see the difference between 35 mm slide and digital images. But that is another story.

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Bishop Reyes Cathedral

Bishop Reyes’ Cathedral takes up the entire southern side of the Plaza de las Armas. Its three tiered belfry towers above town and touches low passing clouds. Along with multiple daily services the church is also a religious classroom. Religion speaks of yesterdays, todays, and tomorrows. It speaks of better days and better places. Religious followers are asked to endure and conceptually, eventually, benefit from their days of survival and struggle on this small planet.
Photos and editing by Anders Tomlinson. Music from “Camino Songs” by SonicAtomics.




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107: Power struggles… 106: History videos…
105: Winter videos…104: Summer videos…103: Spring videos…
102: Three Alamos Jobs…101: Mirador Kite Festival…

100: Alamos horses… 99: Elizabeth Nuzum’s special place-garden…
98: El Pedregal Palapa 97: Cobblestone crew… 96: Kids playing in streets…
95: Red brick building… 94: 1993 Views of Alamos 93: Sweeping streets…
92: Restoration and repair… 91: Easter Sunday in the country

90: Taxi ride to Easter Sunday… 89: El Palomar Guest Ranch…
88: Inside Bishop Reyes’ Cathedral… 87: Cathedral details…
86: Grave diggers and street mourners… 85: Ceremony at the cemetery…
84: Victor digs a cistern… 83: Bilingual powers & flower details…
82: Border politics… 81: Galeria de Arte

80: Summer rains… 79: Four Almada women… 78: Nuzum rooftop garden…
77: Jacoby gardens & tequila… 76: Plaza kiosk-bandstand…
75: Traveling hypnotist… 74: Anthropocene & human nature…
73: Ethnic accounting… 72: Spanish Conquistadors… 71: Pueblo Magico

70: Beisbol, rodeo and dancing horses… 69: Estancia Crysalis…
68: Pemex… 67: Kids in the summer… 66: Painting the Mercado…
65: Kids at night… 64: Two churches, two men, & two bells…
63: Uvalama pottery family… 62: Alamos woodworkers…
61: Dr. Joaquin Navarro

60: Security devices… 59: Dry tropical forest… 58: Good cop, bad cop…
57: Sadnah and San… 56: Doug Riseborough… 55: Population history…
54: Ode to the “mother range”… 53: Human condition, Hotel La Posada…
52: Los Tianguis… 51: Reflections from high ground

50: Geologic timeline… 49: Street posters… 48: Ruins with no roofs…
47: Calle Delicias in La Compana… 46: Blue paint & Mexican politics…
45 Missionaries of Fatima, Mexican army base, Nueva Esmeralda…
44: Winter film crew… 43: Tebeto, 42: Auto icons…
41: Children at play and work

40: Conasupo… 39: Workers repairing roofs… 38: Casa Obregon…
37: Alameda tree falls… 36: History walk at Escuela Paulita Verjan…
35: Calle 16 de Septiembre… 34: Casa Esmeralda…
33:Traffic cops and artists… 32: Casa de los Santos…
31: Calle Alberto Guitierrez, VW, watermelon. angels

30: Night Scenes… 29: Cattle, El Camino Real…
28: Late Spring, mountain views… 27: Highways, roads…
26: Alamos gardens… 25: Elizabeth & Pember Nuzum…
24: Margo Findlay, Jim Wilson… 23: Maria Felix, Calle Galeana #41…
22: Antonio Figueroa… 21: Plaza waking up

20: Window treatments… 19: Cats, sheep… 18: Bishop Reyes Cathedral…
17: Summer floods… 16: Fiber optics & mechanics…
15: Estudiantina de Alamos… 14: Aduana… 13: Pantheon…
12: Peeling paint… 11: A tale of two seasons

10: Men working on ladders… 9: Curio shops… 8: Umbrellas…
7: Doric columns… 6: Palacio Municipal.. 5: Church youth choir…
4: Alameda Traffic… 3: Train tunnel & jumping beans… 2: Adobe bricks…
1: Secondary school & Independence day

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These entries are scenes for a movie by Anders Tomlinson –
Good Morning Alamos, Sonora, Mexico. The film will comprise 90 scenes, each a sixty second mini-movie unto itself. These scenes will also be part of a Three DVD multi-media presentation featuring Alamos imagery by Anders. Look for Good Morning Alamos, Sonora, Mexico
on a screen near you in 2014.

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