The view is 360°, every part of the 3 dimensional world feels below us. Fuego continues to smolder in the south, and the sun is making an entrance to the east. A cloud blanket separates us from humanity below, it is only us and the triangular volcanic islands in every direction. Interestingly enough, one of the best views is the dark ridgeline to the west. Being in the shadows of giants to the east gives a low-key, painterly look.
|Looking west; 1 8x10 silver print available|
Everyone knows the worst part of any camping trip is the clean-up. A quick cup of instant coffee and the tents are rolled up.
"In its bulletin this morning, INSIVUMEH reports strong tremor accompanying the rise of new magma. An ash plume has been rising to 5,500 m a.s.l. and drifting 25 km to the S, SW and W, where ash fall is occurring. Strong shock waves from the explosions at the summit can be felt in several kilometer radius." Volcano Discovery April 13, 2016
Only a mile across the col from us is the show of a lifetime for everyone but the guides, who were still thoroughly impressed. It feels as though the only thing preventing our cremation is the wind blowing the 6,000 foot high ash cloud away from us. For an amount of time I could never quantify, we sat in awe of this phenomenon, no thoughts in our minds.
Moments like these help me reflect on the duality of power and fragility in our world. Though it was hard to leave, entering back into the clouded underworld became our new occupation. The walk down stayed quiet, seemingly more beautiful than the tiring walk up, leaving us to contemplate and enjoy our return to 'normal life'.