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House of the Cenote

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 15 February 2012 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

The cenote is a kind of natural cistern, used by native indigenes as a source of drinking water in times of need. Almost everywhere with a cenote in the Yucatan also has a mayan temple at the entrance to it. This is where ritual offerings were made to the God and where purifying baths took place.

Photo captured November 18, 2011.

NIKON D7000 1/250 second F/6.3 ISO 100 35 mm

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Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

The entire area seems so idyllic. Wonderful shot.

15 Feb 2012 6:06am

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Nice :-)

15 Feb 2012 7:41am

Sylvie49 capture image from Anjou - Maine et Loire, France


15 Feb 2012 8:30am

Heinz from Hamm, Germany

Schönes Landschaftsfoto. Gut im Licht und in den Farben.

15 Feb 2012 8:35am

klausZ from Kufstein, Austria

great this so bright atmosphere!

15 Feb 2012 9:21am

Florence from Paris, France

This is so green and alive... A beautiful setting and interesting series Steven.

15 Feb 2012 9:47am

Roman from Thiersee, Austria

great shot with beautiful light and colors

15 Feb 2012 10:00am

Mhelene from Paris, France

A very beautiful composition and very interesting !

15 Feb 2012 10:26am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Fascinating place, so they probably were the originators of reservoirs.

15 Feb 2012 10:37am

Laurette from Johannesburg - Fourways, South Africa

A beautiful capture with marvelous clarity and beautiful shades of green. Very intresting information regarding the house.

15 Feb 2012 10:45am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Beautiful refreshing green is this landscape around the cenote.

15 Feb 2012 11:09am

tataray from france, France

Une superbe série, couleurs agréables)

15 Feb 2012 1:32pm

Riccardo from Rome, Italy

Great saturate green...

15 Feb 2012 1:43pm

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States

Gorgeous shot, Steven! Aren't those cenotes incredible? I couldn't believe how clear and perfect the water was in the one we saw.

15 Feb 2012 2:41pm

Karen Politte from Conway, United States

don't tak to me about cenotes. That's my "safe place"....... ;-)

15 Feb 2012 4:11pm

franz from Baden, Austria

love the strong and intense colours and the info !!

15 Feb 2012 5:04pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

SOunds kinda scary buit looks totally cool...Beautiful setting and superb perspective sir ;-)

15 Feb 2012 6:02pm

Crash Ryan from Weehawken, NJ & NYC, United States

wow ... cool place! nice landscaping the Mayans did back then .... lol

15 Feb 2012 6:03pm

Francisco Romero from Carbajal de la Legua, Spain

Superb series of images. Fantastic colors and light.

15 Feb 2012 6:07pm

Rick from Toronto, Canada

Excellent framing once again, with this sense of scale and beautiful detail and color.

15 Feb 2012 7:27pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A beautiful shot. This is quite the elaborate solution to the lack of water at times. At some of the ruins I've visited, clay pots were buried in the floors of dwellings to store water and grain for times of need. The culture you've seen here was much more advanced.

15 Feb 2012 7:29pm

Oiva from Turku, Finland

A great building and a beautiful landscape,best regards oivatytto,,haleja.

15 Feb 2012 8:09pm

RBL from Oxford, United States

Beautiful historic scene, love the palms and vibrant greens surrounding the temple ~ great shot!

15 Feb 2012 9:43pm

Phil David Morris, 2012 from Saskatoon, New York, Canada

A place you really want to go back in time to, without being a sacrifice !! What a
beautiful view you have, the colours and detail are so clear !~

15 Feb 2012 9:56pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Beautiful image and interesting information. It is amazing to me that they brought all these rocks here to build these buildings.

15 Feb 2012 10:26pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Interesting place and history.

16 Feb 2012 1:02am

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

well done

16 Feb 2012 2:41am

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

I love the colors in this ... it reminds me of Fort Matanzas un St. Augustine, with similar palms.

16 Feb 2012 3:29am

A journey from Lilli Pilli, Australia

how did u get a shot without the crowds...every photo i took when i was there has got a thousand people in it...was during January!

17 Feb 2012 9:55am

@A journey: We were one of the first tour buses to arrive that day and I started taking photos where not too many people congregated. This was actually an "off the cuff" shot that I took.

daniela scharnowski from Berlin, Germany

a shot every tourist guide should have included.

18 Feb 2012 10:03am