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Nicho of Nopales

Wander down Memory Lane to learn the prickly pear moral at


Created by permission of Matthew Cannon. Please see his original at


The frame is from my "Silver Surprise" at


"A nicho is an object of Latin American folk art. Nichos are made from mixed media and traditionally combine elements from Roman Catholicism, mestizo spirituality, and popular culture. Characteristically "nicho" objects have different names throughout Central and South America: they may be called retablo or by other local names. . . Votive paintings of this type are found in various Christian countries, but the type most commonly associated with Mexico are painted on small sheets of tin or other metal of about a foot in length." wikipedia


"Tin work, known in Mexico as hojalata, goes back to the 16th Century. Artists use natural, oxidized and brightly laquered paints to create ornaments, nichos, mirrors, lanterns and other decorative pieces."


The moral of the story according to Disney:

"Now when you pick a pawpaw


And you prick a raw paw

Next time beware.

Don't pick the prickly pear by the paw

When you pick a pear.

Try to use the claw

But you don't need to use the claw

When you pick a pear of the big pawpaw.

Have I given you a clue ?


The bare necessities of life will come to you

They'll come to you!"

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Taken on February 22, 2011