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Roberto Gómez Torres

Zirahuen Lake - Mirror of the Gods

Zirahuen, Estado de Michoacan, México

June 19, 2005 - 14:11 Local Time

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© 2005 Roberto Gómez Torres, All Rights Reserved.

Caption

Lake Zirahuen is located near Patzcuaro, off the Patzcuaro-Uruapan highway in the hills of Michoacan, at 68 kilometers from the city of Morelia, capital of the state of Michoacan.

This beautiful lake of Zirahuen shows amazing water colors which go from a deep blue to a jade like green, reflection of it's exuberant forests and crystalline nature.

The lake received it's name from the pre-hispanic "Purepecha" language where "Zirahuen" means "Mirror of the Gods".

Zirahuen is a peaceful fishing lake bordered by fields. Thistles grow alongside the road and blackberries are cultivated in the region. On the shore lies the village of Zirahuen, known for its rustic wooden "trojes" - structures traditionally used for grain storage.

Being at a high altitude with a cool climate, Zirahuen is ablaze with colorful flowers much of the year - pink and red geraniums, waxy white calla lilies, delicate begonias, roses and petunias all thrive in the climate.

The shore is spotted with docks for boats - supposedly no motors are allowed, even though there are several small craft sporting them. At the "Troje de Ala", a weekend restaurant ( here shown ), is a long wooden pier that stretches out into the lake waters. The pier is roofed and the pattern of the wooden railing and posts filters the sunlight glinting off the water. Along the pier lies a series of small shops and food outlets, all surrounded by a profusion of blossoms and offering such fare as charales ( the tiny, whole, crisp-fried fish which are a speciality of the area ), sopes (hand-made tortillas stacked with goodies such as beans, cheese and chicken) and sopa de hongos ( mushroom soup ).

Crafts of the area include wooden trays, spoons, colorful tablecloths, textiles in general and wooden toys.

Hope you like the view !!!

Additional Caption: Texto en Español ▼


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Location

Latin America / Mexico

Lat: 19° 26' 25" N
Long: 101° 45' 18" W

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Precision is: Unknown / Undeclared.

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Equipment

Taken with a Nikon D70s Single Lens Reflex (SLR) digital camera and the Nikon full frame 10.5mm fisheye lens. Mounted on a Kaidan QuickPan Spherical Elevation Camera Bracket. Stitched using Nikon Capture software, Panotools, PTGui, AutoPano, Enblend and Adobe Photoshop CS2. Self made Windows software "Quicky Pano" for QuickTime VR conversion.

Texto en Español

El lago de Zirahuén esta ubicado muy cerca del poblado de Pátzcuaro, sobre la carretera que va de Pátzcuaro a Uruapan, cruzando por las montañas de Michoacán, a 68 kilómetros de la ciudad de Morelia, capital del Estado de Michoacán.

Este bello lago de Zirahuén muestra hermosos colores sobre sus aguas que van desde un azul intenso hasta un verde jade, reflejo de sus exhuberantes bosques y aguas cristalinas.

El lago toma su nombre de la lengua pre-hispánica "Purépecha", donde "Zirahuén" significa "Espejo de los Dioses".

Zirahuén es un lago muy tranquilo y en sus aguas se practica la pesca, bordeado por campos de cultivo. Cárdos crecen cerca de las orillas y diversas moras como las fresas se cultivan en la región. A las orillas del lago se encuentra la villa de Zirahuén, conocida por sus rústicas y viejas "trojes" de madera - estructuras tradicionales utilizadas para almacenar granos.

Al encontrarse a gran altitud con un clima de frío a templado, Zirahuén se enciende de colorido con flores de múltiples colores practicamente todo el año - geranios rojos y rosas, lirios de blancos acerados, delicadas begoñas, rosas y petunias florecen por todo el lugar.

La orilla del lago cuenta con algunos embarcaderos y botes - donde supuestamente no se permiten utilizar motores, aunque hay varias pequeñas embarcaciones que los tienen.

En la "Troje de Ala", un restaurante de fin de semana ( aquí ilustrado ), se encuentra un muelle techado muy largo de madera que penetra varios metros dentro de las aguas del lago.

A lo largo de los embarcaderos uno encuentra pequeños establecimientos de artesanías, flores y comida. Lugares donde se pueden comer "charales" dorados y crujientes, "sopes" preparados con frijoles, queso y pollo o bien una buena sopa caliente de "hongos".

Las artesanías típicas del lugar ofrecen trastes y utensilios para cocina hechos de madera, coloridos juegos de mantelería, ropa y juguetes tradicionales también hechos de madera.

¡ Espero te agrade la vista panorámica !
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