CenAm 2007-01-13

...we took a (painfully long) van to explored around Lake Atitlan and Panajachel, Guatemala. In a hotel lobby, we saw examples of huipil worn by many women. We got back to the hotel close to midnight.

We woke up early-ish to catch the van. The van then went to another hotel and picked up a....a....very creepy couple that were down here to retrieve their second adopted Guatemalan child. I honestly couldn't tell if they were high on drugs or God. It was scary.


Canon EOS 300D with Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 at 20.0 mm; 1/800 sec, f/5.6, ISO 100
Finally out of the mountains, approaching Lake Atitlan. This valley was ruined -- and the town of Panabaj -- by Hurricane Stan.



Canon EOS 300D with Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS at 18.0 mm; 1/1000 sec, f/5.6, ISO 100
Lake Atitlan. Surrounded by mountains and volcanos.



Canon EOS 300D with Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS at 106.0 mm; 1/200 sec, f/10.0, ISO 100
One of the towns on the edge of Lake Atitlan. If I had Bertha (Bigma) she was staying safely tucked away. The ride was brutal.



Canon EOS 300D with Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS at 18.0 mm; 1/320 sec, f/10.0, ISO 100
See? Brutal.



Canon EOS 300D with Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS at 18.0 mm; 1/250 sec, f/10.0, ISO 100



Canon EOS 300D with Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS at 72.0 mm; 1/250 sec, f/10.0, ISO 100



Canon EOS 300D with Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS at 18.0 mm; 1/200 sec, f/10.0, ISO 100



Canon EOS 300D with Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS at 33.0 mm; 1/125 sec, f/11.0, ISO 100
IIRC, this is the house of Madonna...or at least, it is near the house of Madonna.



Canon EOS 300D with Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS at 48.0 mm; 1/200 sec, f/11.0, ISO 100
LOTS of lovely houses here. Near Panajachel.



Canon EOS 300D with Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS at 18.0 mm; 1/30 sec, f/3.5, ISO 800
We got a LOT of history from our guide. I promptly forgot it.



Canon EOS 300D with Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS at 18.0 mm; 1/15 sec, f/3.5, ISO 800
I only remember something about "7" and that it was hugely significant to the Maya.



Canon EOS 300D with Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS at 179.0 mm; 1/500 sec, f/8.0, ISO 100
Natives rowing across Lake Atitlan.



Canon EOS 300D with Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS at 18.0 mm; 1/250 sec, f/8.0, ISO 100



Canon EOS 300D with Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS at 18.0 mm; 1/125 sec, f/8.0, ISO 100
On the boat across Lake Atitlan. It was ROUGH. Poor Pa, with a busted hip, suffered greatly.



Canon EOS 300D with Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS at 18.0 mm; 1/160 sec, f/3.5, ISO 100



Canon EOS 300D with Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS at 18.0 mm; 1/400 sec, f/4.0, ISO 100



Canon EOS 300D with Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS at 18.0 mm; 25 sec, f/5.6, ISO 100
A waterfall, on the drive from Lake Atitlan to Guatemala City. It was DARK. This is a 25 second exposure. Looks like day, but in reality, we could only see anything by headlights from passing cars.



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