this tire garden was hidden deep within a church property in san miguel de allende, guanajuato. i spent a week in san miguel in the summer of 2019 and every day i hired an uber driver to take me to interesting neighborhoods for photography excursions. we would start the morning with hot coffee and a delicious pastry and then set off to explore the city. we became quite good friends and i looked forward to our time together. on this particular day he dropped me in front of a picturesque catholic church. i wandered around a little outside, but inside . . . the early morning sunlight was streaming through the stained glass windows and it created dappled vignettes of color along the stone walls. it was quiet and there weren’t many people around, so i kept wandering. i followed a series of archways and found myself in an adjacent schoolhouse. sparsely furnished classrooms surrounded a grassy, tree-filled courtyard. teacher conversations echoed down the exterior hallways as they prepared for the upcoming school year. church bells chimed above, as i entered the cozy auditorium with dusty brown curtains framing the small stage. scruffy church pews laid in quiet anticipation of giggles, song and dance from sweet grade school children in plaid uniforms. just beyond the theater room was this pathway that led to brightly painted slides and swings. these recycled tires framed several vintage see-saws and rusty merry-go-rounds. the tires were planted with geraniums and although the place was in need of a little tlc, i found it quite charming. no one seemed to mind that i was exploring the grounds and taking photos, so i decided to swing for a little while. i kicked and pumped, while the swing squeaked ever so softly. after a couple of minutes, i retrieved my camera from the patchy grass and made my way back to eduardo’s car.