The theme of this week’s photo challenge is close. You can pick any photo or series of photos that represent close to you. I thought of several good ones I had for this week’s challenge, yet kept returning to my latest spectacular experience with close….
Upon completing my first early morning volcano climb of Volcan Santa Maria in Xela, Guatemala I got an amazing surprise and close encounter with a neighboring volcano Santiaguito erupting. You can’t get much closer to close than that!
When I first reached the top of the volcano after a few hours of hiking, I was surprised to see the neighboring volcano, Santiaguito, on Santa Maria’s southwest flank. It looked tame. Little did I know it was an active volcano that was about to erupt!
I was completely taken by surprise when I first heard the low rumble. The nearby group of Mayans were chanting melodically in sync with the rumbles and then was the first puff of smoke. It nearly took my breath away.
After the volcano erupted, smoke and clouds filled the once clear skies and I snapped these pictures of how close I was to a live, erupting volcano. Unbelievable!
Should I have been scared or nervous? Not sure, but I was certainly in utter amazement and joy of the true power and magic of nature at its finest.
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