© Ute Hagen

This week's image was captured by artist, photographer, friend and mentor Ute Hagen.

For the past decade, my husband and I have lived part-time in Mexico in the lakeside village of Ajijic, near Guadalajara, Jalisco. Standing out among the many privileges of living South of the Border has been the gift of Ute's friendship.

One the area's most respected and talented artists, Ute, a German native, first came to live in Mexico in the 1970s via Canada. Best known for her vibrant and colorful paintings of Ajijic and contemporary Mexico, most recently Ute has focused her forever restless and inventive eye on photography.

This lovely image "was spotted on my walk around ajijic village"- as only an artist would see it. To see more, check out her ever-evolving and stunning collection of photographs at http://flickr.com/photos/uteart/.