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The Darling Buds of Guatemala: Lakeside Blooms

Vibrant exotic blooms wrestle for the limelight against spectacular lakeside scenery dominated by conical-shaped volcanoes. Guatemala exudes color both natural and manmade and the shores of Lago de Atitlán (Lake Atitlan), a glistening treasure in the Western highlands about 150 kilometers from colonial Antigua, are no exception.

These beauties begged my attention as I wandered along the shoreline gardens of Hotel Arca de Noé in Santa Cruz La Laguna where I spent a peaceful Christmas cocooned in the arms of Mother Nature. Eye catching form and color at almost every step, it’s an outdoor lover’s Eden.

The early morning glow caressing blooms picked by the hotel owner from her verdant lakeshore gardens also pleaded a click of the shutter.

The lake with its stunning volcano views deserves a separate post.

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12 responses

  1. El clima de Guatemala hace maravillas¡ Buenas fotografías…
    Un saludo para ti…
    C.

    January 18, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    • Muchas gracias Cruz! El clima ahora aqui es perfecto y hay flores por todos partes! Saludos desde Guatemala!

      January 19, 2012 at 7:10 am

  2. WOW!!!! Lucy, these pictures are unbelievable! They are gorgeous! How are you? I wanted to tell you that I’m coming to Guatemala for a week, the first week of March, where I’ll be taking a Spanish course and volunteering in a community about an hour or so outside of Antiqua. I plan on doing a day trip there at the end so maybe we could meet up for lunch? It would be so cool to meet you in person! I’ll be in touch more about it later. Your photography is incredible! I wish I was talented in the art of photography!

    January 18, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    • Thank you so much Nicole!!! That means a lot to me. I absolutely LOVE my photography and am always learning. If you’re interested in learning more about photography take a look at the articles and tutorials on this website http://www.digital-photography-school.com/ There are also more photography links on the Links page of my blog.
      I’m fine thanks but haven’t had time to look at any blogs since Christmas. I see you’ve been very busy posting (unlike me!) and I have a lot of catching up to do!
      So you’re really coming to Guatemala? I’m so excited for you and excited that we’ll finally be meeting in person!!! Of course we have to meet up! I’d be so sad if you came to Guatemala and we didn’t meet. Not just lunch, I’d love to spend the day showing you around Antigua!!! Unless you already have other plans of course. That will be awesome! What’s the name of the pueblo where you’ll be staying and which NGO will you be volunteering with? I know it will be a very interesting experience. I can’t wait to meet you!

      January 19, 2012 at 7:36 am

      • Oh that is so kind of you Lucy! I would love to have you as my tour guide and have no othe plans as I am coming solo. I will be sat march 10th…are you around then? The organization is called cads Xelanu and it is owned by my son’s first grade teacher. Her husband is from Guatemala. They run a small NGO allied La Pedrera and I will be helping them in the afternoons and taking Spanish in the am. Check out heir website at http://www.casaxaju.com. I am doing a home stay while I am there. I would love to learn more about photography someday when I have more time! Thanks for the link and let me know if you will be available that day! I can’t wait to meet you!

        January 19, 2012 at 7:06 pm

      • Nicole, I just replied to your email so hope you got it OK. I’m so excited to meet you and show you around! I’m now going to check out the NGO link!

        January 19, 2012 at 7:36 pm

      • I just tried the link you sent me but I can’t open it. Is it correct?

        January 19, 2012 at 7:52 pm

  3. Miguel Fajardo

    Muchas gracias por darnos la oportunidad de ver las bellezas que existen por medio de tus fotos. Sigue adelante!!!

    January 18, 2012 at 10:45 pm

    • Muchisimas gracias Miguel! Que sorpresa ver tu mensaje! Tenes que ir al lago cuando tengas tiempo. Es hermoso!!!

      January 19, 2012 at 7:12 am

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