Clouds Above Lake Atitlán

The clouds do not wander lonely above Lake Atitlán. They appear shy in the early morning, looming huddled behind green mountains, gathering courage. As the first crystallized fingers caress the flanks of Tolimán volcano and shadows sweep across deep waters, blue skies progressively turn into swirling pools of white, fluid and wolfish.

The landscape becomes a chiaroscuro playground throughout the day, until sunset brings all the warmer colors before darkness falls.

The light dims, the wind subsides, the volcanoes become Delphic silhouettes, the lake rests.

Clouds above Lake Atitlán

But we’ve seen the skies refuse to go gently into that good night. At times a nebulous leviathan awakens, gathering immensity from distant valleys and towering menacingly above Lake Atitlán.

Clouds above Lake Atitlán

Just before today embraces tomorrow, during those serene minutes of eventide, the waters hold their breath and we can almost hear the clouds roar.

Clouds above Lake Atitlán

We have a new home by Lake Atitlán. There, facing such great heights and such profound beauty, we have sat and gazed at the majesty of the natural world with still unbelieving eyes. In a vain attempt at capturing at least an idea of the scenery greeting us every morning, we’ve also made a brief video:

Clouds Above Lake Atitlán from Lunaguava on Vimeo.

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4 Responses

  1. WHOOOOOOAH those clouds are insane.

  2. Cinetraveler says:

    Wow. I just had to pick my jaw off of the ground. The photographs and that video is breath-taking! Just gorgeous! What kind of camera do you use? Keep up the wonderful stories, photos and videos! Thanks!

    • FW North says:

      Hey Cinetraveler! Thanks a lot for your kind words. It’s hard not to take beautiful photos with the scenery we have 🙂 We have an old Olympus E-P1 camera and a Panasonic camcorder (for the time-lapse). They both drive me nuts, but we’re stuck with them for the foreseeable future. Good luck!

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