Monday, February 8, 2010

Volcano Vistas - Popo and Izta...and Snow in Mexico!!!

At last I can contribute to all the beautiful snow photography from around the world in recent times!! The twin volcanoes Popocatepetl and Iztaccihuatl are seen as old friends in Mexico City, and I often catch a welcome glimpse of them both on my way home at the end of the day....















But when the day dawned fresh and bright and clear on Saturday, it was time to get up more close and personal, so I took a local bus out to Amecameca and was rewarded with these stunning views which were just picture postcard perfect....














Popo (Smoking Mountain) is still very active and last erupted catapulting ash in 2005, whilst Izta (Sleeping Woman) is craterless and dormant. Here she is lying back with her hair strewn out behind her.....














I couldn't stop looking and taking in the breathtaking views of those twin snow-capped cones...




















It is so rare and special to get such clear and crisp views...




















Amecameca is only one and a half hours away from Mexico City, and can easily be reached by the local volcanes bus line from TAPO. It is a really interesting traditional Mexican town with a wonderful sprawling market with great food, many folk on bicycles and in bicitaxis, and at least two sixteenth century churches...















Don't miss this amazing day trip from Mexico City, and in the meantime check out other wonderful destinations around the world by clicking here for My World Tuesday. Enjoy!! PS Whilst writing this post at 6.50pm tonight a strong earthquake tremor rocked Mexico City - my apartment shook for a good 30 seconds, but I carried on blogging undeterred!!

16 comments:

Sylvia K said...

Fabulous, Catherine!! Absolutely breathtaking captures! Wow! I can understand how you couldn't stop taking photos! I would have been the same way. Isn't it wonderful to sights like these so close that visiting them is easy. I feel that way about so many of the places around here! Hope you have a great week! Look forward to next week's pics!

Sylvia

J Bar said...

That lloks so beautiful.
Sydney - City and Suburbs

Johnny Nutcase said...

Excellent snow-capped mountains! I really like the framing in that first one, and the last one too, so pretty!

fickleinpink said...

what a beautiful sight to see!
I love the mosaic and the one with church tower the best!

xoxo, Fickle

mine's here:
RED is in the air in Bagiuo City

zeal4adventure said...

A perfect day to capture an amazing mountain. Great shots!

心跳 said...

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Lara Neusiedler said...

gorgeous views!!! the air looks so fresh!

Guy D said...

Fantastic images Catherine, especially the last one.

All the best
Guy
Regina In Pictures

Brit Gal Sarah said...

Wonderful pictures, what a backdrop to look out on. All your captures are superb, thanks for sharing.

Japa said...

O so beautiful shots of the snowy mountain.

Rajesh said...

The shots of snow covered mountains is beautiful.

A Cuban In London said...

The images are picture perfect and you're a great photographer. That new header is a blinder. My God! Mejico, Mejico lindo! Many thanks, I enjoyed this post sooooo much.

Greetings from London.

Wendy said...

Wow.Gorgeous and so clear.

Fly Girl said...

I'm actually quite tired of gazing at snow but your images are gorgeous. Those snow-capped mountains are magical, I'm glad you put them in your header.

Catherine said...

glad you all liked the volcanoes this week...might be going even closer soon!!

Tom Hilton said...

Wow! Beautiful shots.