Aztec Eagle Lily Pond

Águila Aztecal estanque de lirios

The carved stone eagle living in the center of the Vallarta Botanical Garden lilypond has special meaning to Mexicans. The eagle appears on the Mexican flag. It relates to the founding of Tenochtitlan, the Aztec capital. According to legend, the wandering Aztecs had a prophecy that their new city was to be built where an eagle is perched on a cactus devouring a rattlesnake. If you look closely, you can see the snake in the eagle’s talons. The courtyard garden design is genius, highlighting the colors of the Mexican flag; red, green and, white.

Celebrate Mexico, its colors, culture, and beauty!


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I take trips to the extraordinary Vallarta Jardín Botánico often. It is a favorite place to stimulate my creativity. I am not alone. USA Today named it one of its Readers’ Choice “10 Best” Gardens in North America. I visit seasonally for inspiration and to have lunch in the wonderful restaurant.  I visit seasonally for inspiration and to have lunch in the wonderful restaurant. As with the rest of the garden, the lily pond is constantly evolving. In the summer there are large Amazon waterlilies filling the pond.

Back to the Aztecs. The image of the eagle devouring the rattlesnake on a prickly pear cactus (tuna de nopal) appeared in an unlikely place – on a tiny island in the middle of Lake Texcoco.  To build their city, the Aztecs formed a number of small garden islands connected by causeways. The eagle in the lilypond sits on its own island surrounded by beautiful flowering lilies.




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Fine Art Paper Entrada Rag, Matte Canvas Thin Stretched


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Unless otherwise requested, all fine art paper prints will come with a one-inch border for ease of framing.   If you don’t want a border, let me know.  The art looks beautiful without a border “floated” (placed on top) of matte board. 

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I print on two types of canvas, matte finish (an elegant, smooth flat finish) and gloss finish (shinier and reflective).  In general, I prefer the matte finish.  These can be thin stretched on ¾ inch stretcher bars.  They can be hung unframed or framed.  Some pieces can be gallery wrapped where the image wraps around the side.  Or the side can be white, black or a complimentary color that I usually choose to go with the artwork.  There are other options.  You can have the canvas stretched over 1.5 inch stretcher bars, a dramatic look. 

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