A brief sunrise amongst volcanoes

A brief sunrise amongst volcanoes by Arturo Godoy

After having lived for more than three months now in La Antigua Guatemala, I’ve only been a little around its surroundings. So at some point I was in San Juan del Obispo, San Pedro Las Huertas, and so on, but this past weekend I had the opportunity to go to the Earth Lodge, located in the small village of El Hato, a twenty minute drive into the mountains from La Antigua Guatemala. I had only thought of visiting it once before, but this second time it happened.

So, this past weekend a friend and I went because we also wanted to disconnect a bit from Antigua Guatemala, as there is always plenty of parties. I’m not complaining, but some rest was needed, some other kind of experience. So, having my car down on the day we were to leave was no complication, transportation was arranged for us with ease. No complications, all cool, so then I knew this was going to be amazing.

We left, and the ride was just beautiful. We arrived and we were immediately welcomed. Lunch was delicious, hanging out and relaxing with the stunning landscape was amazing, so time passed and dinner was just as delectable as lunch. The night called in, and everyone went to rest. I was most relaxed and happy and awaiting the sunrise.

First, I opened my eyes and I saw how the golden light of the sunrise was bidding good morning to the volcanoes, there were no clouds. I was already dreaming that I was between volcanoes, so imagine waking up and observing this. Struggling to get out of bed and forcing myself to run out with my camera to take some shots, still, the peace and calm of the place put me back to sleep. The second time I opened my eyes, I forced myself out of the comfortable bed, grabbed the camera and and ran out to take some photographs. Unfortunately, the golden light of the sunrise was gone, but the clouds hadn’t yet come to cover the volcanoes, so here is my shot, 😉

Breakfast was as good as dinner and lunch from the previous day, and of course the coffee was a wonderful. If you ever want to pick an affordable place to disconnect, with absolute beauty and peaceful atmosphere, don’t hesitate, just visit to the Earth Lodge. I am happy we did!

text and photo by Arturo Godoy

Arturo Godoy PortraitAbout Guest Contributor: Arturo Godoy is kind of a blogger, mainly married to photography after being divorced from biology, and is now living in Antigua for at least six months. He is starting up his photography business after making the transition of amateur photographer to a paid one, hence now a pro. In the few years he’s been in photography he’s had four expositions, and is working on two photographic books, one about expressions of women (a shared book with his dearest friends) and one about conservation of nature. His love to photography rises from expressing something through whatever kind of natural beauty that crosses him and his camera. You can browse his portfolio in Flickr.

© 2009 – 2013, Arturo Godoy. All rights reserved.

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...
  • That is one of the most phenomenal photos ever! And I’ve bookmarked Earth Lodge, this looks like a perfect weekend get away for my family me!

  • Manolo

    Beautiful picture and the description is excellent. I like your bio, Arturo, “the natural beauty that crosses” you. Keep showing us that human side of beauty.

  • i am so glad you got up to take this pic. It is amazing!

  • Eric

    That is an incredible shot, Arturo. Well done. And Earth Lodge sounds interesting. I have to add it to my growing list of places around La Antigua that I need to visit. There’s never enough time …. !

  • Stephanie

    We see so many photos of the volcanoes — it’s refreshing to see one that is so different. This is stunning. I love the expansiveness of it.

  • “I opened my eyes and I saw how the golden light of the sunrise was bidding good morning to the volcanoes…” Beautiful prose Arturo. As far as the photo, Stephanie hit the nail on the head: It’s the expansive capture of the landscape that makes the photo so compelling.

    I’ve been telling myself I need to go to Earth Lodge since I’ve been here… I gotta book this trip now!

  • @Marina, thank you very much indeed!!! It is lovely, lovely, lovely, you’ll surely enjoy your time there, ;O) Cheers!!!

    @Manolo, I am glad you like it, it’s been a strange and beautiful experience, not easily described for me, ;O) Thank you very much indeed!!!

    @Sheila, trust me, I am so glad too!!! Thank you very much too!!!!!!!!!!!!! ;O)

    @Eric, it is indeed interesting, aaaah, try it next time, ;O) Thank you very much too!!!!!

    @Stephanie, woooow!!!!!! Thank you very much indeed!!!!!! ;O) ;O) ;O)

    @Laura, book it, book it, I am sure you’ll get stunning shots… I am glad you liked the article, I don’t really consider myself a writer, ;O) Thank you very much indeed too!!!!!!!!!!! ;O) ;O) ;O)

  • MO

    WOW! That’s one gorgeous shot…magnificent.

  • @MO, thank you very much indeed!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • @Arturo, I knew a panoramic vista with the three volcanoes was possible, but I could not find the right spot. Thanks for sharing the secret spot with the rest of us.

    Here’s my attempt at capturing a panoramic vista of La Antigua Guatemala and the three volcanoes: Panoramic View from Antigua Guatemala

  • @Rudy, I got to see your picture, great too!!!!!!! Well, it was just because you were closer, and perhaps photostitching some could have worked out… Mmm, but the spot is amazing!!!!!

    Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Rudy knows I love any pic with volcanoes in it ;), but this one is amazing! I do see making a trip to the Earth Lodge in the near future.

    • @Jenn, I knew you were going to comment on this volcano photo… I want to go to Earth Lodge myself. Make sure you tell them you learn about them in AntiguaDailyPhoto. 😉

  • @Jenn, 😉 thank you for the compliment on the picture, and you’ll definitely love Earthlodge!!! 😉

    Again, thanks for the lovely comments!!!!! Cheeeeeers!!!!!!!!

  • Mary F.

    Arturo, Are you related to Maite and Jorge Godoy of Guatemala. My daughter is named after her and I would like to recontact them after 35 years. Thank you.

  • @Mary, ufff, if I’m affraid I don’t know them, but if I ever meet them I’ll let them know about your comment here. There is a good chance we are related, but the Godoys are plenty… Sorry I can’t be of help… 🙁

  • Pingback: The War of the Worlds | AntiguaDailyPhoto.Com()

  • Cooooooool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!