Cuicocha lake and crater

New day at the Cuicocha volcanic lake

Nikon D700 – 35 mm – F18 – 1/160 – ISO 800   –   © Henri Leduc

I woke up at 4:30 in the morning, because I still had to find the right place to make the image I had in mind. Around 5:30 I was in the right place. A few shots to get things right in camera and then just wait for the perfect light and cloud formation. Wind was so strong that I had to hang stones below the tripod. We are here at 3000 m asl. I ended the session around 7 AM.  When I came back to the hotel I was cold blue!

Cuicocha lagoon

The sun rises over the lagoon Cuicocha, a volcanic crater that nature has turned into a lake. Nice view on the volcanic domes of Wolf and Yerovi Islands, result of subsequent eruptions. This crater lake was created by a massive phreatic eruption about 3100 years ago. Caldera is 3 km wide and is located in the Western Cordillera of the Ecuadorian Andes.