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Kukulkan at Chichen Itza

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Kukulkan at Chichen Itza

This is the Mayan Kukulkan Pyramid at Chichen Itza, Yucan, Mexico. It was built somewhere around 600 AD. I was visiting Cancun for Christmas 2008.

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IMAGE DETAILS
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NIKON CORPORATION
Model
NIKON D300
Shutter Speed
1/1000 second
Aperture
F/16.0
Focal Length
18 mm
ISO Speed
400
Date Taken
Dec 24, 2008, 11:06:00 AM
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I live in mexico and I when I was little I went to see this
I think it's a beautiful picture
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I was very fortunate.  Sometimes I will wait a very long time for all the tourists to get out of the picture.  It was easy in Mexico. However, when I was in Egypt, it was difficult to wait because it was 120 degrees F (49C).
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Wow, you can't get more impressive than this! And I recall looking at this very area (Chichen Itza) for geography class last semester on Google Earth. Very cool! The sky is absolutely beautiful and adds to the impressive-ness!
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Ha. We didn't even have the internet when I was in school, much less Google-Earth. What a lucky kid you are!
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I know, I remember the old days in school without any type of computer. It's amazing how far technology has come.
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Aah yes this brings memories of my stay on the Yucatan Peninsula. Yours here is a wonderful shot, with this sky here in the background. Great work! :D
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You are most welcome
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Now that's a tourist attraction worth visiting.
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It rained on us several times and we were all soaked
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Great shot, Andy!
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Thanks Jenn!
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Amazing place although I've read that the Mayan's were big on sacrifice! :O

Great shot! :clap:
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They got into sacrifice at a later stage when other peoples brought the idea to them. Their willingness to sacrifice OTHER people was pretty evident at the site. Thanks!
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Ah, right. I didn't realise that. I've only heard snatches of info. They were supposed to be a very advanced civilisation though. Do you know what it was that ended it? It's intriging - albeit worrying - that so many of the great civilisations (like Rome) didn't last. I watched a very interesting doco years ago that claimed lead (in the water, food, facial makeup etc) caused the fall of the Roman empire. Don't know how true that actually is though.

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I tend to think that from our comfortable viewpoint civilizations rise and have dramatic falls. The real history is probably much more boring. More likely, I think they transform themselves much like the Egyptians did. The Egyptians were invaded many many times. Over time, waves of people migrated into Egypt until it was no longer "Egypt." The same holds true with Rome. Rome's economic base was in the East, not the West. When the capital was moved to Constantinople, it made a lot of sense. The Western empire was fracturing because of wage and price controls. The Western half devolved into Europe's Middle Ages. In a way, if one views it like this, the Roman empire never really "ended." It just kept transforming.
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Yes, that does make sense. We do tend to view things as a sudden end but in reality nothing would end so suddenly, it would take time. I can tell that you love your history! :)
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History is very important to me. I was one of the few people who correctly forecast the economic crash. That's because I study the REAL economy and the REAL economy's history, not stock market graphs and projections. This correct forecast has allowed me to make money and given me more free time than I'd ever expected. So, history actually pays off.
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Hubby also predicted the fall in house prices (and recession) even though no one believed him. He said it is cyclical (not sure if I've spelt that right) or something. He thinks it will keep falling so hopefully we'll be able to afford a house in about 5 years time.
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Ah. You're in good hands!
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gorgeous!

I went there around 1998 or so, when they still let you climb up the pyramid.
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You're very lucky. It was roped off and I was not allowed to climb it.
However, that was good. Otherwise, I would never have been able to get a photo without tourists on it.
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that's true. of course, you could have just deleted all the tourists, but that takes time.

I love Cancun. But my friend Marta Moreno says that Merida is a nicer place to visit than Cancun. I'll have to check it out one of these days.
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I take multiple shots and wait for tourists to move a few feet. That way, it's much easier to cut and paste "missing" spots.
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I use the patch tool and take great delight in deleting them from existence!
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