October 15, 2013

Pyramid, Chichén Itzá

Photograph by Paul Nicklen

This Month in Photo of the Day: The Power of Photography

A pyramid 90 feet tall and a platform adorned with a feathered serpent’s head testify to the former glory of Chichén Itzá, now a popular tourist destination. This once powerful city was built in about the ninth century, likely aligned with four sacred cenotes and with the sun’s seasonal movements.

See more pictures from the August 2013 feature story "Secrets of the Maya Underworld."

Nicklen was one of 44 photographers we interviewed for our video portrait series The Photographers on Photography. Watch an intro to the series on Proof. »

35 comments
Mozart Jr
Mozart Jr

Amazing shot!! Congratulations, Mr. Nicklen.

Margareta Sima
Margareta Sima

Unul dintre visele mele e sa vizitez Piramidele Egiptene

Hilda Lozada
Hilda Lozada

No hay cosa más bella que la armonía, el misterio, fascinación y tranquilidad que proyecta  ésta escenario....

Radka Angelova
Radka Angelova

waw, very unusual and interesting perspective to the pyramid


Shannon T
Shannon T

"A good friend of mine studies the stars

Venus and Mars are alright tonight"

Fantastic shot. Well done Paul.

sushree shashwata
sushree shashwata

Great pyramid n platform but I am wowed by the starry sky...never seen so so many stars :)

Anil Panda
Anil Panda

To preserve these monuments in the world , thinking that history may repeat.

victor ojeda
victor ojeda

los pueblos antiguos o civilizaciones anteriores tuvieron muchos conocimientos que se llevaron a la tumba, que misterios tan grandes, hay tras esa mole de piedra. 

Julie Burgess
Julie Burgess

This photograph is stunning, looks like its made of gold and have never seen so many stars. Wonderful

Sharon Smith
Sharon Smith

Gave me a sense of how SMALL we all are in this Universe and how much beauty and mystery there is!

Diego Jimenez Velasco
Diego Jimenez Velasco

I can't believe that it wasn't a mexican who took the picture, as a mexican that is sad. Also can't believe that other countries are more interested in our past than we are. Still amazing photo.

Roma Painter
Roma Painter

Been there!  So mysterious.  I've always been fascinated with the Mayan culture.  

Janice H.
Janice H.

I am so enchanted by this photograph, makes one feel so full of wonder and awe.        What a mystery all the pyramids are!

herbert fodor
herbert fodor

An excellent photo,POV,composition and light.

Stewart Haile
Stewart Haile

In the early 50's my Social Studies teacher told the class about her summer visit to Chichen Itza, I plan on going there to see it for myself next year. Awe inspiring.

Jessica Beals
Jessica Beals

Incredible image. I'm curious about the exposure, lens, etc. How did you set up this photo?

Bob Larson
Bob Larson

Beautiful image. Thank you for including Wallpaper link.

Kavita J.
Kavita J.

Wow! Impressive...this a part of a great civilization of Precolumbian Indians. Nicely taken. Good job!

stan schnier
stan schnier

stunning...a successful  image needs no explanation.

Justin Sykes
Justin Sykes

"Starry, starry night 
Paint your palette blue and gray "

Vincent communicated an unseen psychological world, and Paul Nicklen has provided a glimpse of a world of many wonders - one that is beyond our ken.

Technicality / Composition / Content / X factor / originality = 8/10 zoom lenses

Steven G.
Steven G.

Magical. This evokes vivid images of night sorcery, a realm belonging to the higher dimensions. I watch in awe, stupefied.

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