Quinta Mazatlan: A Visual Journey, is a celebration of the architectural and cultural wonders of McAllen’s most distinctive mansion and landscape. Photographer Deval Pino Shah and writer Eileen Mattei collaborated on this book filled with stunning images by Shah. Mattei presents new artistic and historical perspectives of one of Texas’ largest adobe homes and its surrounding environment. Quinta Mazatlan is one of the nine World Birding Centers in the Rio Grande Valley. More than 250 species of birds are attracted to the native habitat, and that brings in birders to see exotic residents such as Kiskadees, Groove-billed Anis and Red-crowned Parrots. Pino Shah is a world heritage photographer based in McAllen, Texas and Ahmedabad, India. A freelance writer based in the Rio Grande Valley, Eileen Mattei writes travel, nature and history articles for Texas Coop Power, Texas Highways, and other magazines. She is the author of At the Crossroads: Harlingen’s First 100 Years; Leading the Way: McAllen’s First 100 Years, and For the Good of My Patients: The History of Medicine in the Rio Grande Valley.
A dry patch of ground provides habitat for three species of cactus. Native vegetation - prickly pears and agaves - reclaims a concrete irrigation channel that moved water to the citrus groves and fields near Quinta Mazatlan. Ruby Pond, named for one of Quinta’s generous donors, provides habitat for frogs, insects and a bronze great Blue Heron. © ArtByPino
On the Forest Trail, this Texas horned lizard sculpture and dozens of other bronzes alert visitors to the wildlife that thrives in the border region. Doug Clark’s sculptures of Mexican free-tailed bats, owls, deer, a javelina family and more blend into the landscape. © ArtByPino