Subterranean Views This selection of images is of the caves and cenotes from the Northern Yucatan region of Mexico. These fragile subterranean limestone tunnels, caverns, chasms and water filled sinkholes, are organic architectural spaces that run below and along the surface of the earth. They are beautiful, compelling and mysterious with each karst formation a unique sculpture. For the Maya of Central America, they are critical part of their mythology, perception and cultural understanding. As natural openings and gateways to the Maya underworld Xibalba, they are fundamental sources of sacred energy and power. Many Maya’s defining myths take place in these locations with each legend telling a distinctive story. It was believed that corn, a primary source of food for the Maya and the world today, was found in a cave at the dawn of humans. During the 19th century Caste wars of this region, the caves served as secret locations that protected the local Maya. Cenotes, the major source for fresh water in this region then and now, are the home of the Maya rain god, Chaac, who is responsible for bringing life dependent rain to this harsh dry environment and still venerated there. These images examine the material attributes of these caves and centos, their historical remains, sculptural qualities and primitive appearance. As early foundations of both the Maya’s and world’s culture, they are importance sources for early humans archeological evidence, ecological data for geologists and clean water for the people living there today. Caves and cenotes challenge our understanding of the world we live in and at the same time help explain.