A sunset view of the Atitlan Lake and the omonymous volcano, from the small village of Panajachel.
After the sunset we went all the evening to have a dinner and post-dinner to the Circus Bar, where some guys plays guitars all the night, where it was possible to meet people from all the world and where a Cuba Libre had a price in the local money (Quetzal) of 0.50 euro of today!
Lago de Atitlán is a large lake in the Guatemalan Highlands. While Atitlan is recognized to be the deepest lake in Central America, its bottom has not been completely sounded. Estimates of its maximum depth range up to 340 meters. The Lake is shaped by deep escarpments which surround it and by three volcanoes on its southern flank. Lake Atitlan is further characterized by towns and villages of the Maya people.
The lake is volcanic in origin, filling an enormous caldera formed in an eruption 84,000 years ago. It is renowned as one of the most beautiful lakes in the world, and Aldous Huxley famously wrote of it:
"Lake Como, it seems to me, touches on the limit of permissibly picturesque, but Atitlán is Como with additional embellishments of several immense volcanoes. It really is too much of a good thing."
The lake basin supports extensive coffee growth and a variety of farm crops, most notably corn. Other significant agricultural products include onions, beans, squash, tomatoes, cucumbers, garlic, chile verde, strawberries, avocados and pitahaya fruit. The lake itself is rich in animal life which provides a significant food source for the largely indigenous population.
In 1955, the area around Lago de Atitlán became a national park. The lake was mostly unknown to the rest of the world and Guatemala was seeking ways to increase tourism and boost the local economy. It was suggested by Pan American World Airways that stocking the lake with a fish prized by anglers would be a way to do just that. So, a non-native species, the black bass was introduced into the lake in 1958. The bass quickly took to its new home and began eating the native inhabitants of the lake. The predatory bass caused the elimination of more than two-thirds of the native fish species in the lake and contributed to the extinction of the giant grebe, a rare bird that lived only around the Lago de Atitlán region.
Atitlán is a 3.535 meters volcano near the Lake Atitlán in the Highlands of Guatemala. The lake is also surrounded by Volcán San Pedro (3.018 meters) and Volcán Tolimán (3.158 meters).
On the other side of the volcano there are several farms considered amongst the most beautiful in the region.
Atitlán is home to two particularly rare and beautiful birds that are endemic to the cloud forests of this region. The Horned Guan (Oreophasis derbianus) is a pleistocene relic of the Cracidae family that persists today only in small fragments of its previous range. It's habitat is limited to cloud forests above approximately 1650 meters. This bird is the size of a turkey and the adult male has a one-inch scarlet-colored "horn" projecting straight up from the top of its head. The Cabanisi's or Azure-rumped Tanager (Tangara cabanisi) is probably the most restricted-range species in the region. It occurs only at mid-elevations within the Sierra Madre del Sur of Chiapas, Mexico and western Guatemala.
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stefanocer (10642) 2007-02-14 4:11
Belle tonalità di colore di questo tramonto , il posto è sicuramente favoloso , il gabbiano arricchisce la composizione , bravo.
barrufeto_77 (28886) 2007-02-14 4:20
The colours are charmful and the compo with the volcano on the right is great.
flavian (779) 2007-02-14 4:23
wow--looks like a painting! wonderful work! cheers
silvia_zenova (1332) 2007-02-14 4:33
great sunset view, beautiful and ascetic landscape. Charmful colours. May be the background needs some sharpness.
Muse (34942) 2007-02-14 4:34
Une vue charmante de cet endroit sous des couleurs douces et agréable.
besnard (55085) 2007-02-14 4:39
Très belle composition de ce paysage aux magnifiques couleurs avec juste le sommet éclairé et cet oiseau qui vole en toute quiétude.
Bravo - merci pour le partage et bonne journée.
ChrisJ (104127) 2007-02-14 4:41
I like the softness & superb colour. Wonderful graphism, & well composed into 2 equal parts. The bird is a bonus. Tfs! Ciao.
pastadog (13111) 2007-02-14 5:33
Ciao Paolo, pretty view at sunset time here, with a couple of special elements: the beautiful orange tone painting the top of the volcano, really unique; and the bird up there giving a mood to the shot. Congratulations, Daniel
rbcy1974 (20758) 2007-02-14 7:37
Very beautiful view,
the colours of the sky are wonderful as is the inclusion of the bird in the sky
John_F_Kennedy (43413) 2007-02-14 8:56
Well seescape composed and with good colours. Great work.
feather (51130) 2007-02-14 10:56
The grading of colour in the sky is glorious. A fairly minimal composition but the placement of the volcano is just right. The bird is an great extra element.
anducina (8407) 2007-02-14 11:37
Superb compo and colors. Simple and impressive.
ben4321 (9875) 2007-02-14 12:24
Beautiful colours and an excellent composition Paolo, with a perfect placement of the bird. Although it's a small detail, it's important for the success of the image, and it provides balance to the mountain on the right.
Just a technicality, but I think you over-sharpened this a bit too much; the dark edge to the mountains in the background is a give-away, and I would have preferred it if you had applied less sharpening.
However, it still can't really detract too much from this glorious image. Good work.