Interesting enough, Parque Central or main plaza is a great place to not only watch people, but also to enjoy the light of the sunsets during the dry season. The murmurs of the people and the running water of its fountain and the filtered light through the many leaves of branches of the canopy and the tolling of the bells at either the cathedral or nearby church put your heart and mind at the right state to really enjoy the free things in life of Antigua Guatemala.
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Well, believe it or not, the information about the ingredients of the magical light is available in the long and deep archives of AntiguaDailyPhoto, nearly seven years of daily entries now. Sunsets in Antigua Guatemala are very special and even more so when you watch them from roof-top cafe or bar. Sunset’s warm light falls on Antigua Guatemala’s color palette to give you such rich and wonderful spectrum that makes you wonder if these are the same walls and houses seen in the morning.
So, do you want to know what’s the magic behind the light in and around Antigua Guatemala?
Okay, there are at least several elements that work in tandem to create the magical light that you see during the sunsets of the dry season in Antigua Guatemala. These elements are: the dust blown by the cold winds from the north; the position of Earth in its orbit around the Sun gives light a special angle; the pollution created by the zafra season (zafra is the crop of sugar-cane and the making of sugar.) adds orange and red skies; last but not least, the natural limestone paints still in use in Antigua Guatemala. The lime-stone-based paints have translucent shine, similar to pearls, so that is how you get some incredible colors as light changes through the day.
Slowly, but surely we progress in our own unique way.
Just before we leave Ciudad Vieja, I wanted to share with a follow up post to Having Ice Cream in Antigua Guatemala where I tried to explain that despite the crime and violence that is shown in the news, most people in our Latin America find the time and love to spend quality time with friends and family. We can not negate the violence, it’s all there in the statistics, but most of it happens in Guatemala City, sadly. Take a look at the picture above, this is not the violent country you see on the news all the time.
But don’t believe just my words, let’s hear from a group of students from Northeastern Illinois University who took an alternative Spring Break:
… This weeklong trip was a combination of cultural immersion and community service. During the first full day in Guatemala, we were given a first hand look at coffee farming, from seed to cup. Who would’ve thought that the coffee you drink in the morning starts as a pebble sized fruit similar to a cranberry…
One of the most rewarding experiences of the trip was helping Timoteo, a local craftsman, build a middle school for his community. Prior to this, middle school students in San Miguel Escobar attended classes outside of the primary school. Knowing that a small group of farmers took it upon themselves to fund and build a school for future students is inspiring. Overall, this was an experience of a lifetime and the lessons learned about community, collaboration, and sustainability will not be forgotten. Read the entire story about the Alternative Spring Break at The NEIU Independent.
In my recent incursions to Ciudad Vieja I’ve happily surprised of all the new improvements done around the town. The plazuela right in front of the Ciudad Vieja cathedral is one good example of the new works being performed by the Municipality. I also two municipal pools and improvements to the municipal stadium and children’s park. I guess that when our local governments really do work for the people and not for themselves, one gets to see a lot of progress; don’t you agree?
As you may know, here in La Antigua Guatemala, like in many places, on odd-numbered avenues traffic runs North and on even-numbered avenues traffic flows South.
How many places North of Antigua Guatemala do you know where you can have these landscape views? Can you guess which place I’m referring to? How do you get to this place?
A hint: a few days ago the post would have been titled Sunset Amongst Volcanoes, any hypothesis as to why the change of title?
text and photos by Arturo Godoy.
I have decided that instead of complaining about the horrible light and photographic conditions of the rainy season I am going to take it as a challenge to capture its beauty and strength as well as its effects.
I know I can if I set myself to do it since already I have had some success capturing the rain. Surely you remember Contemplating the heavy rain, Dream of a Sunday Afternoon in Central Park, One Way to the Decisive Moment, Rain Drops over a Nopal Pad or First Official Rain of 2009; right?
What do you think, am I up to the challenge of withdrawing beautiful imagery from the rainy season?