1. f/10
  2. 1/500 sec
  3. 100mm
  4. ISO 200

Crowded Tree

A Brown pelican and a double-crested cormorant sitting in the same dead tree

  1. f/5
  2. 1/1600 sec
  3. 12mm
  4. ISO 200

Ballcourt behind the Casa Colorada

The small ball court at the back wall of the Casa Colorada was restored in 2009

  1. f/5
  2. 1/1600 sec
  3. 35mm
  4. ISO 200

El Caracol IV

Venus had tremendous significance for the Mayan community; this bright planet was considered a war god and the sun’s twin. Mayan leaders used the changing position of Venus to plan appropriate times for battles and raids.

  1. f/5
  2. 1/800 sec
  3. 12mm
  4. ISO 200

Templo de los Tableros Esculpidos

The name of this building (temple of the carved panels) comes from the reliefs carved on the north and south walls of the colonnade, depicting scenes of numerous people, animals and plants - both real and imaginary - which are dominated by two warriors. The building is a temple built on a slab foundation with a colonnade in front of it. [INAH]

  1. f/5
  2. 1/1600 sec
  3. 40mm
  4. ISO 200

Nunnery Details

Chenes style facade details on one of the buildings at the east side of the so called "Nunnery"

  1. f/5
  2. 1/320 sec
  3. 40mm
  4. ISO 200

La Iglesia Facade

Details of the facade show a Chac mask in the middle that is framed by two squares with figures in pairs

  1. f/5
  2. 1/640 sec
  3. 15mm
  4. ISO 200

La Iglesia - Front Side

This rectangular building is a mixture of classic Puuc and Chenes styles. It has a single room inside and an entrance on the west side. The outside wall is completely covered with veneer decorations, which extend clear up to the roof comb. The frieze is bounded at ground level by a stepped fret motif and above by a serpent; the stepped fret motif is repeated on the bottom of the roof comb. The most important motif of the decoration is the Chac god mask with a hooked nose standing out on the corners of the building. In addition, there are four figures in pairs between the masks including an armadillo, a snail, a turtle, and a crab, the four "bacabs" who hold up the sky in Mayan mythology.

  1. f/5
  2. 1/1600 sec
  3. 22mm
  4. ISO 200

El Caracol I

The observatory at Chichén Itzá is called El Caracol (the Spanish word for snail) because it has an interior staircase that spirals upward like a snail's shell. The round, concentrically-vaulted Caracol was built and rebuilt several times during the time of its use, in part, scholars believe, to calibrate astronomical observations.

  1. f/5
  2. 1/1250 sec
  3. 40mm
  4. ISO 200

Snakehead

One of the snake heads at the bottom of El Castillo

  1. f/4
  2. 1/2500 sec
  3. 7mm
  4. ISO 200

The great ball court

view from the southern end

  1. f/4.4
  2. 1/4000 sec
  3. 58mm
  4. ISO 200

Hard to hit

If the ball really had to be moved through the rings, Chichén Itzá not only had the largest ball court but also the one most difficult o play.

  1. f/3.5
  2. 1/2500 sec
  3. 40mm
  4. ISO 200

The Bearded Man I

Columns and tiles in the temple are covered with images and Glyphs. The tiles with bearded man are clearly visible even when standing right in front of the temple.

  1. f/3.5
  2. 1/5000 sec
  3. 26mm
  4. ISO 200

Temple of the bearded Man

At one end of the Great Ball Court is the North Temple, also known as the Temple of the Bearded Man (Templo del Hombre Barbado). This small masonry building has detailed bas relief carving on the inner walls, including a center figure that has carving under his chin that resembles facial hair. At the south end is another, much bigger temple, but in ruins. [wikipedia]

  1. f/3.5
  2. 1/6400 sec
  3. 31mm
  4. ISO 200

Tsompantli Details

The Tsompantli or Platform of the Sculls shows the central Mexican influence

  1. f/3.5
  2. 1/3200 sec
  3. 12mm
  4. ISO 200

Platform of the Eagles and the Jaguars

The Platform of the Eagles and the Jaguars (Plataforma de Águilas y Jaguares) is immediately to the east of the Great Ballcourt. It is built in a combination Maya and Toltec styles, with a staircase ascending each of its four sides.] The sides are decorated with panels depicting eagles and jaguars consuming human hearts. [wikipedia]

  1. f/3.5
  2. 1/8000 sec
  3. 40mm
  4. ISO 200

Platform of the Eagles and the Jaguars

The Jaguar and the eagle were supposedly two of the fiercest warrior casts of the Maya.

  1. f/2.8
  2. 1/1600 sec
  3. 36mm
  4. ISO 200

Spyinitail Iguana

In Chichén Itzá we did not see as many iguanas as on other sites. This one is a spinytail iguana (Ctenosaura), i was not able to determine the species, probably Ctenosaura similis (black spinytail iguana)

  1. f/4
  2. 1/500 sec
  3. 12mm
  4. ISO 200

The Sacred Cenote

The Maya name "Chichen Itza" means "At the mouth of the well of the Itza." This derives from chi', meaning "mouth" or "edge," and ch'en or ch'e'en, meaning "well." Itzá is the name of an ethnic-lineage group that gained political and economic dominance of the northern peninsula. One possible translation for Itza is "enchanter (or enchantment) of the water," from its, "sorcerer," and ha, "water." [wikipedia]

  1. f/4
  2. 1/1250 sec
  3. 12mm
  4. ISO 200

El Castillo

The conquistadores called the Pyramid of Kukulkán El Castillo

  1. f/4
  2. 1/1000 sec
  3. 12mm
  4. ISO 200

Platform of Venus

This Platform of Venus is dedicated to the planet Venus. In its interior archaeologists discovered a collection of large cones carved out of stone, the purpose of which is unknown. This platform is located north of El Castillo, between it and the Cenote Sagrado. [wikipedia]

  1. f/4
  2. 1/1250 sec
  3. 40mm
  4. ISO 200

Venus Snakes

side view of the strairs leading up to the Venus platform

  1. f/5.6
  2. 1/1000 sec
  3. 150mm
  4. ISO 200

Feathered Snakes

you enter the staeirs between two huge snake heads

  1. f/4
  2. 1/2000 sec
  3. 17mm
  4. ISO 200

Temple of the Warriors

The temple of the warriors and the group of the thousand columns below it clearly show toltec influence

  1. f/2.8
  2. 1/800 sec
  3. 12mm
  4. ISO 200

Meexican Hotel Jungle

the garden of the Mayaland features lots of different trees and palms

  1. f/8
  2. 1/1000 sec
  3. 117mm
  4. ISO 200

Flymingo

we were hoping for hundreds of flying flamingos but they rarely took off.

  1. f/6.2
  2. 1/1000 sec
  3. 215mm
  4. ISO 200

Great White Heron

A Great White Heron (Ardea alba) mirrored in the water of the one of the arms of the river.

  1. f/11
  2. 1/1250 sec
  3. 221mm
  4. ISO 200

Cormorant right after Take Off

Early morning at Rio Lagartos

  1. f/1.8
  2. 1/30 sec
  3. 45mm
  4. ISO 400

Lady Ventress

Model: KATAHE

  1. f/1.8
  2. 1/50 sec
  3. 45mm
  4. ISO 200

Remembering Fido

Model: KATAHE

  1. f/4.5
  2. 1/160 sec
  3. 31mm
  4. ISO 200

The Tunnel

Model: Älex B