This is taken from the shore of beautiful Lake Atitlan in the town of Panajachel, Guatemala. The lake is several kilometers across, and is actually a massive volcanic crater formed in an eruption 85,000 years ago that distributed ash as far away as Florida and Panama. The lake is Central America's deepest, at 300 meters, and the elevation here is about 1600 meters above sea level. It is surrounded by several more recent volcanoes, as well as several small primarily Mayan villages that can be reached by speedy water taxis. Among these are Santiago and San Pedro, both of which we visited. The locals insist Atitlan is 'the most beautiful lake in the world.' (It certainly is beautiful, but I come from Canada where we have many lakes that could give it a run for its money!)
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gracious (20025) 2008-03-08 10:06
Nice to meet you! much appreciated for visit my "Te Henga"!
You had a excellent gallery too to share with us and this one is no exception!
good pov with good fg interest to a beautiful view towards the far horizon! the soft-toned colouration is just suitable for this lovely image!
greeting from NZ
resato (445) 2008-03-09 1:35
Good composed picture of Atitlán lake, though this light won't allow for much contrast. Well captured water colour.
Concerning your note:
Of course, in Canada you do have hundreds of lakes embedded in spectacular sceneries. Guatemalan people are proud of what they see as 'the lake' in their country. We don't have that many. On the other hand, I still remember how Atitlán was 40 years ago: the whole setting was much more pituresque than nowadays.