Photographer's Note

Tikal used to be one of the largest if not the largest (up to 100,000 peak population) pre-Columbian Mayan city; built by stone age tools between the 2nd and 9th centuries AD just to be completely abandoned for reasons not clearly understood yet.

i called the post "stone age sunrise", alternatively i was considering calling it "stone age city-scape". you choose, which better fits your impression. ;))

in the WORKSHOP: a closer look at one of these structures in the same mystical light; more jungle detail there. unfortunately, cannot put the howling monkey war-cry into the photo.

as a side note: i was aiming for getting to my POV (the top of the highest temple) for the dawn. that's when the sun rises right in the middle between the two temples silhouetted in this photo.

unfortunately, nowadays, the park officially opens at 6AM and my 5AM conquest attempt was abruptly stopped ('for my own good...') by two guards with machine guns... a few years ago, it was supposedly still possible to spend a night sleeping amongst the pyramids. however, after a few tourists were robbed at gun-point, park authorities started to limit visiting hours strictly to daylight. of course, that policy was implemented without any consideration for struggling camera owners craving a bit of special light.

i didn't give up completely though. after fainting a retreat to to my hotel room, i made my way AROUND the guard post following a jaguar and coati patrolled jungle back-trail that my drunken guide had kindly shown me the previous day. despite my best efforts, that detour took some time so, you'll have to make do with the sun already being high.

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Additional Photos by Kristaps KL (zmey) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1234 W: 95 N: 1748] (7335)
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