This is an look downward on some of the ruins in Copan-- there would have been plaster on the ground not trees during the Mayan period; plus the temples would have been painted red. Still, the stones rising out of the jungle makes for interesting photographs (though tricky with shadows)
(from Wikipedia) The fertile Copán River valley was long a site of agriculture before the first known stone architecture was built in the region about the 9th century BC.
A kingdom seems to have been established in Copán in 159. It grew into one of the most important Maya sites by the 5th century. Large monuments dated with hieroglyphic texts were erected in the city from 435 through 822.
Xukpi was one of the more powerful Maya city states, a regional power, although it suffered a catastrophic defeat at the hands of its former vassal state Quirigua in 738, when the long-ruling Xukpi ruler Uaxaclajuun Ub'aah K'awiil (18 Rabbit) was captured and beheaded by Quirigua's ruler K'ahk' Tiliw Chan Yopaat (Cauac Sky). Though Copán's rulers began to build monumental structures again within a few decades, both cities withered in the face of unsustainable population growth bringing about the depletion of natural resources, factors that brought several of the Classic-Age Maya city-states to their end. The area continued to be occupied after the last major ceremonial structures and royal monuments were erected, but the population declined in the 8th century - 9th century from perhaps over 20,000 in the city to less than 5,000.
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ViktorVaughn (1521) 2008-01-19 12:34
Good viewpoint of these ruins showing the surroundings as well as the structures. It is very bare, and doesn't look very busy at all.
My friend is working in Honduras, and I have been thinking about visiting him, and these ruins. Do you recommend them? They are a bit small it seems, but the lack of tourists is a big draw to me.
Roly (2024) 2008-01-19 13:39
I see two problems with this image, and they are a common denominator for many of your pictures: First, the subject is on its own not quite appealing enough to easily deliver a strong image. The note is extremely useful, but you would need an awful lot of photographic skill and great light in order to get a great picture of these ruins by themselves. Second, the contrast and color saturation are very low, probably as a result of the harsh midday light. You should try avoiding including the sky in the picture, in order to decrease the luminosity range and improve the exposure. I like the symmetry of the image, with the bottom right corner of the image occupied by the ruins and the top left corner by the leaves.