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Early morning at the lake

Birds and mist

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Early this morning, as I was walking by the lake, I was reminded that even in the heart of an enormous congested city, wildlife and nature live side by side with concrete and traffic. It was a stunning sight this morning. As the sun's rays began to tickle the sleepy lake awake, the mist was clinging to the water and refusing to let go, and the birds were preparing for a new day, preening their feathers, singing, catching the first rays of the sun. Great egrets, grackles, ducks, coots and moorhens were my company this morning.

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Cyclists and runners getting exercise

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Ducks preening their feathers

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"Brrr... I need a bit of sunshine to warm up"

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"That's better..."

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"Who's that sneaking up behind me?"

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"Mmm, maybe I should move to the island over there."

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"Off we go!"

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"Good, some more sun!"

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"Wakey wakey, everyone!"

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"Romeo, Romeo..."

Posted by margaretm 11:11 Archived in Mexico Tagged birds lake sunrise mist early_morning Comments (3)

Let sleeping volcanoes lie

Popocatépetl and Iztaccihuatl

Last weekend, the wind huffed and puffed and blew away the layer of nata over the city, leaving clear skies. I decided it was worth getting up at the crack of dawn and making my way up to Santa Fe to watch the sun rise over the volcanoes Iztaccihuatl and Popocatéptel. Izta was fast asleep but Popo was only dozing half-heartedly, letting off little wisps of a yawn. I crept away silently when the sun burst over the horizon behind them, hoping they wouldn't wake up. You see, Popo is still an active volcano and he's been getting a bit restless recently.

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The silhouettes of the two volcanoes, Iztaccihuatl on the left and Popocatépetl on the right. They are just 70 km (43 miles) southeast of Mexico City.

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Legend has it that Iztaccihuatl was Popo's sweetheart. The silhouette looks like a woman lying down.

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Popocatépetl is the second highest mountain in Mexico, at 5426 m (17802 ft) high.

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Popo lets off a bit of steam and gas.

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The sun comes up on the horizon behind Iztaccihuatl, which is Mexico's third highest mountain at 5220 m (17,126 ft).

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Popo's almost perfect cone shape tinged orange.

To find out about the legend of these two sweethearts, read my blog post A smoking volcano of 6th June 2011.

Posted by margaretm 12:45 Archived in Mexico Tagged volcanoes sunrise popocatépetl iztaccihuatl Comments (1)

Clear skies and sleepy volcanoes

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The volcano Popocatépetl letting off some steam at sunrise

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Occasionally, we are treated to a special surprise, climatically speaking, in the Valle de México. Take last weekend, for example. Mexico City shrugged off its grey-coloured shroud of contaminación and the hemisphere above us became unusually clear. The night sky was a brilliant inky-black studded with the city's million twinkling lights and the planes coming in to land every few minutes at the airport sped like comets through a clean night sky, for once. Dawn didn't so much break as creep up over the dark mountains, pushing the blackness of the night upwards with its delicate pastel-shades. From my roof, I watched as the mountains ceased to be flat sleeping lumps in the background to take on their usual three-dimensional character. The moon, a mere crescent at the base of a silver globe, moved up and up until it disappeared when the sun burst over the horizon.

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View of Mexico City at night from my roof

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The endless lights of the city

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Early morning moon

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The soft shades of dawn

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Pastel-coloured sky

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Looking down towards the Centro Histórico and the Torre Latinoamericano

On Sunday, I got up early for my usual bicycle ride and caught the volcano Popocatépetl yawning in the sunrise, sending out little wisps of white breath from its mouth. Nearby, his volcanic sweetheart, Iztaccihuatl, lay motionless as the sun peeped over her silhouette trying to wake her up and sending the night's shadows scuttling away. Down below, Mexico City was still slumbering except for a few early risers braving the chilly air.

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The two volcanoes, Iztaccihuatl on the left and Popocatépetl on the right

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Popcatépetl at sunrise

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The mountains surrounding Mexico City bathed in early morning mist

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Looking towards the Centro Histórico in Mexico City at dawn

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The Torre Latinoamericano in the Centro Histórico at dawn

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The sun's rays on the Hotel Imperial

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Palacio de Bellas Artes

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Early light casting shadows on an old building

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Santa Fe's skyscrapers

And then as the sun rose up and up, the hemisphere above us turned a solid blue, without a single white cloud to dilute it. It was so intense, so saturated, so blue that everything in the city seemed to be clean and bright and new. The trees and grass were doubly green, the coloured buildings turned vibrant orange and yellow, and modern skyscrapers became clean shiny mirrors reflecting back the blue.

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Blue skies behind Caballito

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Church tower decorated with tiles

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Monumento a la Revolucion

A real treat for eveyone, and especially for my camera. Let's hope that after this performance, we get an encore really soon.

Posted by margaretm 07:01 Archived in Mexico Tagged night volcanoes views sunrise mexico_city centro_historico popocatépetl santa_fe iztaccihuatl Comments (0)

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