Magical Mayan Jungle River by Zane Paxton

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Kolem Jaa Regional Park, near Tapijulapa, Tabasco, Mexico

In the far corners of the lush Mayan rainforest, from the deep dark spiritual world of underground caverns, there emanates a pervasive and overpowering stench of rotten eggs. This invasive odor marks one’s proximity to the sulfurous spring cave, Cueva de Villa Luz. Every Spring, this cave is visited by hundreds of Mayan harvesters (men, women and children) who enter the sacred domain to fish thousands of pounds of blind sardines that will sustain them until the rains bring new crops. While the Mayans reap the bounty of the caves entranceway, they dare not go beyond where the poisonous atmosphere could prove deadly.

Nikon D2x ,Nikkor 28-70mm f/2.8 ED-IF AF-S
1s f/11.0 at 28.0mm iso100


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jungle, kolem jaa, mexico, river, tabasco

I started photographing when I was 14, taking slides with an early Pentax 35mm. I took a photography class at 16 and began using a 4×5 view camera with my own darkroom. In 2002 digital emerged which envigorated my passion in the visual arts. In the last 5-6 years I’ve started documenting and developing a visual framework to cultivate “seeing” that can be shared with others on their path of becoming visual artists.

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  • Sean Jansen
    Sean Jansenalmost 5 years ago

    This looks so very beautiful. Stunning capture !!

  • Thanks Sean!

    – Zane Paxton

  • Lois  Bryan
    Lois Bryanalmost 5 years ago

    WOW … what an amazing, amazing image … it does indeed look other-worldly … loved reading your information!!!! WOW!!

  • Thanks Lois; it was a great place to visit.

    – Zane Paxton

  • Simon Marsden
    Simon Marsdenalmost 5 years ago

    spooky looking, nice work!

  • Thanks Simon!

    – Zane Paxton

  • Polly x
    Polly xover 4 years ago

  • Husky
    Huskyover 4 years ago

    Brilliant Zane!

  • Thanks Husky!

    – Zane Paxton

  • Husky
    Huskyover 4 years ago

  • Thanks for the Feature; I’m honored!

    – Zane Paxton

  • Christine Lake
    Christine Lakeover 4 years ago

    Wow this is magical. Beautiful work. Congratulations on your well deserved feature.

  • Thanks Christine!

    – Zane Paxton

  • PSL1
    PSL1over 4 years ago

    An outstanding image Zane.

  • Glad you enjoyed it Peter!

    – Zane Paxton

  • Hans Kool
    Hans Koolover 4 years ago


  • Thanks Hans!

    – Zane Paxton

  • Stormygirl
    Stormygirlover 4 years ago

  • Thanks for the feature!

    – Zane Paxton

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