Lives of quiet desperation, devoid of color, poetry, and music

By: Mérida | July 12, 2012 | 0 Comments

Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them.

—- Henry David Thoreau

It’s obvious that most people live their lives without an understanding of aesthetics and without an appreciation of color or tone — and art is something to be executed or observed — by others.

This morning, because our French guests requested a simple fruit plate with coffee, we obliged.  The plate which Mari devised and served was devoid of color or structure.  A pale grey to neutral arrangement of fruit covered a pale grey to neutral plate.  And instead of opting for the colorful and exotic fruit of the tropics, where we live, she picked pears, apples and bananas — all basically the same color !

The exotic and iridescent pitaya with the light grey center dotted with little black specks like tadpole larvae was served without the iridescent fuchsia peeling .  The dragon fruit comes from a cactus and is aptly named.

The photos above were taken in the Santiago Market in Merida, Yucatan on July 12, 2012.

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