Hacienda "El Santo Cristo" - Under the Volcano

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Hacienda "El Santo Cristo" - Under the Volcano

"El Santo Cristo" was built in the late 16th century, with the purpose of producing mainly grains. Other Haciendas - established throughout Mexico - served for producing sugar, cattle, pulque, cotton, forest products, mining activities etc.; and also in some, mixed production activities were the norm in accordance with the richness of their locations.

Haciendas in general (the term is imprecise, but usually refers to landed estates of significant size) were developed as profit-making, economic enterprises linked to regional and/or international markets.

During the last decades "El Santo Cristo" has been transformed, and in one part functions now as a country club, providing adequate limited space for constructing homes for families who want to get away from the stress of a big city and enjoy the microclimate of this countryside valley to the fullest.

The old structure has been preserved and restored.

Our nearby (active) volcano "Popocatepetl" aka "Don Goyo" in traditional language - mostly feared but also worshipped at the same time - forms an important part of the historical and mythological background of this region, and is of course ever present in the sceneries.

"Under the Volcano" is a masterpiece of English modernism, written by Malcom Lowry and depicts the events during All Souls' Day, the culmination of Mexico's Day of the Dead, in 1938. Volcano inspires and absorbs legion interpretations: and can be read as an overtly political, religious, mystical or philosophical novel.

The same titled film, in Mexico produced, was directed in 1984 by John Huston, Cinematography by Gabriel Figueroa and in the leading roles with brilliant actors Albert Finney and Jaqueline Bisset, among others.

(Backside of ) Access Entry Gate to "El Santo Cristo"

The below captured landscape scene with the volcano in the background - taken with wide-angle 24mm Lux - obviously appears far away, but we talk about a distance of only 18-20 km between the Hacienda and the flanks of the Popocatepetl.

All taken under very quickly changing light conditions in an evening hour.

"Don Goyo" exhaling some steam and gas.

Reflection of quickly vanishing light on a restored structure.

Shadow self-portrait.

Below's image - slightly zoomed in, was taken one morning, after a previous late night thunderstorm - from my home (within the same compound) across the street, depicting part of my neighbors house. Using an Olympus mirrorless with a small tele zoom: 40-150mm.

"Don Goyo's" early morning rumbling and moderate exhalation.

Should "Don Goyo" decide to erupt seriously one day, all we can say in advance is: at least our front row seat was free of charge...:-)

These few RAW's were taken with a M240 and converted to B+W - processed in LR and some treated lightly in Silver Efex Pro 2.

I am always open to constructive criticism and recommendations.



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