I travelled around the waters edge today, from the beautiful waters of the Canning River in Shelley to the Indian Ocean at Rous Head Harbour, Fremantle and saw this lovely hombre sombrero overlooking the waters in Fremantle Harbour; probably in deep contemplation.

hom·bre 1 (mbr, mbr)
n. Slang
A man; a fellow.

The English word sombrero, a loanword from Spanish, typically refers to a type of hat originating in Mexico. The name simply originates from the Spanish word “Sombra” meaning “shade”. It literally translates as “shader”

It usually has a somewhat high pointed crown, an extra-wide brim (broad enough to cast a shadow over the head, neck and shoulders of the wearer, and slightly upturned at the edge), and a chin string to hold it in place. Cowboys generalized the word to mean just about any wide broad-brimmed hat.

In Mexico, peasant sombreros are usually made of straw, while wealthier people wear sombreros made of felt. They come in many designs with different colorings, woven patterns, and decorations. They are rarely seen in modern urban settings, except as part of folkloric outfits worn in certain festivities. The Mexican sombrero has become a national and cultural symbol, and is often used in traditional Mexican celebrations, especially by communities outside Mexico.

Fremantle, Western Australia, 30/1/2011, Lumix dmc-f3


  • Michael Haslam
    Michael Haslamover 3 years ago

    Lovely colour and composition!

  • Thanks Michael for the feedback

    – Wilhelmina

  • MrJoop
    MrJoopover 3 years ago

    :) You certainly have a knack for this kind of capture, Wilhelmina!! Saw the thumbnail and KNEW it would be one of YOUR pictures. Mijn pet af, hiervoor!! :)

  • Please call me Willi. I’m not getting too predictable am I? If its not too much trouble can you bubblemail me and let me know what you think is distinctive about me and my pictures. Its not the beach settings is it? It would really help. Thanks Willi :) :)

    – Wilhelmina

  • joycee
    joyceeover 3 years ago

    Lovely capture Willi. The colour of the water is beautiful. Looks great as a post card. Good work.

  • Thanks Joyce. Indian Ocean colours.

    – Wilhelmina

  • MrJoop
    MrJoopover 3 years ago

    Looked for the short version of your name, Willi and couldn’t find it, at this stage. AS you know, it might have been Wil (like my cousin), Willy, Mien, etc.. Perspective, composition and colouring, I guess!

  • Oh that’s a nice compliment. Most of my friends end up calling me Wil for short.

    – Wilhelmina

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