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The country of volcanoes

The country of volcanoes
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Copyright: Paul VDV (PaulVDV) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4488 W: 17 N: 10620] (43342)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2018-03-28
Categories: Nature
Exposure: 30 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2018-07-04 23:16
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Points: 44
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Masaya - Nicaragua, the country of volcanoes

In Nicaragua a chain of 19 active volcanoes runs from north to south along the coast of the Pacific Ocean. All these volcanoes lie in the western part of the country that is 130.375 km² large.
(In comparison, England (not the UK) has an area of 130.279 km².)

Among the 19 volcanoes there’s a great variety. Some have huge smoking crater mouths whereas other volcanoes were blown away in violent eruptions thousands of years ago, leaving behind nothing more than a tranquil crater lake.

Who likes to climb volcanoes can surely find something to his liking in Nicaragua.
It’s possible to climb active and dormant volcanoes, swim in crater lakes, walk through forested slopes, and peek over the rim into the crater of a volcano.
The Masaya Volcano National Park is located only half an hour from Managua, Nicaragua's capital with a population of 1.4 million in the metropolitian area.
The Masaya Volcano is the most accessible in the entire country: a paved road leads to the crater.
A visit to this crater can be arranged through a travel agency, by taxi or by car. So people with a physical disability can also go up and have a look in the crater.

Because of the strong sulfur gases, a visit remains very limited in time: About a quarter of an hour visitors can stay on the crater wall.
In 1993 a process of degassing has started and it’s still continuing. The gases are estimated to affect an area of around 1.250 km².
During a visit you will surely smell the sulfur gases. Short term exposure to these gases does not pose a threat to the visitors.
Very strange but a colony of green parakeets lives inside the crater and apparently they’re not affected by the toxic gases. I must admit that I didn’t see any parakeet during my visit.

The Masaya Volcano National Park has a visitor center with a little museum providing interesting information about the park.

Information from: https://vianica.com/go/specials/9-nicaragua-volcanoes.html :

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salut paul,
Impressionnante vue même si elle en partie masquée par les vapeurs dont on imagine les odeurs ... bien présenté avec ces personnes qui donnent une idée de l'échelle.

Ciao Paul
sono luoghi estremamente affascinanti, ma devo ammettere che non mi attirano molto, una questione di gusti personali.
Le tue foto testimoniano molto bene questo luogo.

Bonjour, cher Paul,
le port du masque est presque obligatoire !
Merveilleuse prise de vue, impressionnante à tous points de vue.
Spectaculaire. Un grand merci pour la note.

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  • Fis2 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10097 W: 161 N: 16634] (128553)
  • [2018-07-05 1:09]

Witaj Paul!
A very interesting place.
View makes impression.
Good frame and colors Fog add flavor to this picture.
Well done.
Nice day.

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  • Nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 14282 W: 0 N: 16269] (173748)
  • [2018-07-05 1:16]


Ce balcon avance avec le personnage quelle pente et falaise rocheuse sueprbe et l'effet de la brume en blanc deux plans différents sueprbe.
Bravo et amitié

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 12115 W: 126 N: 21903] (111779)
  • [2018-07-05 2:12]

Hi Paul,short time just to take some pic as i can read in the note,and the view too is disturbes by gases,you do the best in these difficult situation,but the post is very interesting and the place truly unique. Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Hello Paul,
It's great that smell files have not yet been invented. This looks like a fascinating place to visit, and to get out of quickly. I think old time artists who wanted to create an image of Hell could have learned something here. Maybe they actually did at the Italian volcanoes. It is an interesting view, and the two WS photos are equally fascinating. The inclusion of a few persons was essential for life, colours and dimensions.
Kind regards,

Ciao Paul, great view of amazing place, fascinating misty atmosphere, splendid light and wonderful colors very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Bonjour Paul,

Quel endroit spectaculaire. Cette fumée doit vraiment sentir très mauvais mais elle est certainement du plus bel effet. Les gens ne doivent pas rester bien longtemps à cet endroit.



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  • Tue Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9495 W: 57 N: 16157] (59790)
  • [2018-07-05 9:18]

Hallo Paul,
Een indrukwekkende foto van dit vulkanische gebied waar de dichte gassen links opstijgen vanuit de diepten. De rotspartijen aan de rechterkant zijn ook indrukwekkend en de mensen bovenaan geven een goed idee van de grootte van deze plek. Mooi fotowerk.

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  • PiotrF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 4259 W: 2 N: 7334] (35722)
  • [2018-07-05 9:51]

Hello Paul,
A great series of photos showing this volcano.
Unique place.
Thank you for interesting note.
Fine presentation

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  • danos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 13701 W: 295 N: 27478] (110395)
  • [2018-07-05 11:09]

Hello Paul,
nice the view of this extraordinary environment with the visitors to watch the spectacular sight from this POV. The fog enhance even more the mystery of the place.


Hello Paul,
I notice this photo hasn't gotten as much attention as your previous ones from Nicaragua. Maybe it has something to do with the muted colors, or the large mist creeping into most of the frame. If we look closely, though, it's a fascinating view. The sheer size of the volcano is evident from the tiny people on the right side. I also like the stark contrast between the mist, and the completely clear air, giving us a glimpse of the rocks in the foreground.

View from the crater's edge with notable fumes rising from bellow earth = magnificent nature's phenomenon, however could be dangerous, Paul.
You show the adventure in fabulous manner.
Have a nice Friday,

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 24831 W: 520 N: 41813] (179334)
  • [2018-07-06 4:26]

Dag Paul,

Mooie foto met een goede atmosfeer, prachtige verdeling met de rots aan de rechter kant.
Uw reis foto's zijn voor mij zeer leerrijk
Zeer voortreffelijke foto.
Mooi gedaan, bedankt.

Groeten uit een zeer warm Oost-Vlaanderen,

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  • rychem Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3533 W: 0 N: 8238] (58553)
  • [2018-07-06 7:03]

Very interesting photo taken with the risk of life, you write about the parakeets living nearby, but I wonder what they would eat there, there arnt any plants and other animals, a great photo
regards Ryszard

Hello Paul.
Impressive the height of this viewpoint, which seems to give the boiler of one of these volcanoes, the smoke of the gases prevents visibility, although the area is perceived very steep.
Very effective coloring, which highlights the details of the image.
Good management, both brightness and sharpness.
Very well done. I like it.
Enjoy the weekend.
My best wishes for you.

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  • ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 14674 W: 1049 N: 29925] (140689)
  • [2018-07-09 3:21]

Ciao Paul

The steam emitting form the crater of the volcano is ominous. The lookout at right provides a strong focal point. Good sharpness and the people add scale. Tfs!

Hi Paul,
I love volcanic landscapes!
I feel so ashamed I didn't really know about the volcanic nature of Nicaragua!
Your reportage is teaching us again so much about the world!
Extraordinary picture with the gases indeed dominating the scenery.
Amazing reportage from a less popular on TE country!

Hi Paul,
an interesting dangerous area, very good report!

Best regards

Hi Paul
I really like WS #2 as well. fantastic info in your note, I'm not so sure about the birds though haha. who would have known this park is so close to the major city centre - i'd be going here for sure. it must smell rather bad though, but what can you do right? thats nature. great to have the people on the right to put everything into proper scale. excellent shot

Hello, Paul!

No lava here but the smoke gives an interesting atmosphere to the image, the view from that lookout point must be incredible and the people standing there are a great scale to the scene! Wonderful place and composition!

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