Sunlight & Mountain Cloud Work

Volcano Weather - Guatemala City 2
Volcano Weather – Guatemala City 2
Volcano Weather - Guatemala City 3
Volcano Weather – Guatemala City 3
Volcano Weather - Guatemala City 4
Volcano Weather – Guatemala City 4
Volcano Weather - Guatemala City 5
Volcano Weather – Guatemala City 5

Two weeks ago, students, parents and staff travelled to Guatemala to engage in a service learning project with another school. Leaving Canada’s frigid boreal temperatures we made our way south into ever warmer temperatures. The endeavor saw our students working with local students and their community on a variety of projects. And, we had the opportunity to learn Spanish, understand some culture, travel and see the locale with our Canadian eyes. On our third day out, on horseback or by foot, we had the opportunity to climb high above Guatemala City to the summit of a volcano, a volcano that had last been active in 2011. The images here are looking out from the volcano and our catching glimpses of sunlight within/among mountain cloud work.

Listening to – Martyn Joseph’s ‘Kiss the World Beautiful’ and ‘Sing to My Soul.’

Quote to Consider/Inspire – “… Photographs are as much an interpretation of the world as paintings and drawings are.” – Susan Sontag

7 Comments on “Sunlight & Mountain Cloud Work

    • Hey there, Jim:

      On top of a volcano, roasting marshmallows on a lava vent was a new experience for all of us – students and accompanying parent chaperones. The volcano, mountains and mountain weather were stunning – the colours found within weather and backlit clouds with rays of sunlight streaming through and down was extraordinary, something surreal, something you’ve surely experienced on the mountains in your travels. There was also the craggy texture of cured lava, treacherous to walk upon but something curious adding landscape’s line within images. My regret with some photography was not taking my tripod – it didn’t fit in my travel gear; it would have allowed for anchored stability of the camera needed for accurate focus in low-light image capture. Here, we were on top of the volcano for only forty minutes and then were on our way back down the mountain in weather and darkness. By way of your Gravatar I found not only ‘Notyethere’ but your ‘Wait For Now’ blog. I had a brief glimpse at section/portion eight and was interested in how you are directing your readers’ perceptions within text (sorry, if this has been going a while, I’ve only just found it). On ‘Notyethere,’ the introduction of note was your beloved wife for whom you provided a sonnet on Valentine’s Day. Totally interesting to find some of her profile on the other side of the iPad. Good, good!

      Take care, Sir

      • In the mountains, I find you have the choice of setting up and waiting, which even when well prepared can be hit and miss – usually with more miss. Or, pictures on the fly, looking for the chance. I sometimes have a stick or monopod with me to help with the stabilisation. Especially useful in winter wind. Recently the water in the form of rain has been a bigger issue, to the point I feel I need to get a proper waterproof case for my camera. On my recent trip to Wales, once we hit the cloud-line the combination of water and wind stopped all pictures. A disappointment for me as there was some great shots to be had. I climbed Teide on Tenerife, another active volcano, and sat to wait for sunrise, nestled among rocks warmed by the fires below. Though the wind again did its best to ensure we needed shelter.

        Spring has just arrived here and may give more opportunity to get out again, here’s hoping.

        Take Care


      • Hey there, Jim:

        The wind is something to contend with – last Sunday I was in foot hills preceding the Rockies using a tripod and the tripod could have been weighted down to deal with things. Rain has been an issue in the fall with some shots. I have had people recommend an umbrella and among other things a plastic shower cap for use with the camera in rain.

        Tenerife has featured somewhere in my readings of Wales – this is its first recollection in many years. Also, interesting to read of the volcano being active. The one we were on in Guatemala has erupted and threatens Antigua in what appears only to be minor ways, currently.

        Spring has brought the melt of snow – piles of snow that have been five or six feet high are evaporating with heat and wind.

        I’m with you in the hope to get outside, more.

        Take care … 😉

    • Hey there,

      The middle image does have that other-worldly feel – and, yes, I do play with the contrast sliders toward what is or can also be seen … some of the fun of photography.

      Take care … 🙂

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