Pacaya Volcano and Mackenney Crater

March 27, 2017

Cráter Pacaya ©DiegoRizzo EPOD (1)

Photographer: Diego Rizzo
Summary Author: Diego Rizzo
March 2017 Viewer's Choice
After several attempts to climb to the summit of the Pacaya Volcano, in order to reach the Mackenney Crater, I finally succeeded this past December. The spectacular view shown above, taken from the top of the crater wall, was well worth my efforts. In the foreground is an intracrateric cone that's been forming for more than a year as a result of small strombolian eruptions. Visible in the background are peaks of the Fuego, Acatenango and Agua volcanoes (from left to right). Note also the anticrepuscular rays painting the morning sky -- the camera is facing west. The Pacaya Volcano, one of 3 active volcanoes in Guatemala, is just an hour away by car from the capital of Guatemala City. Photo taken on December 3, 2016, at 6:45 a.m.
Photo Details: Camera Model: NIKON D3200; Lens: 11.0-16.0 mm f/2.8; Focal Length: 11mm (35mm equivalent: 16mm); Aperture: ƒ/11.0; Exposure Time: 1.300 s; ISO equiv: 100; Software: Adobe Photoshop CC (Macintosh).