Travel Photos: The Textures of Honduras

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Travel Photos: The Textures of Honduras

I’m really enjoying Honduras and there is no shortage of things to photograph. Peeling paint, decaying buildings, rusted iron and weathered wood are everywhere, much to my delight. Unfortunately, it’s rainy season so getting a good shot without taking a shower can be a challenge.

Travel Photos: The Textures of Honduras

The Mayan ruins at Copan were a lot harder to capture on film (well, you know what I mean) than I’d hoped. The sun is up by 6:00am here and the park doesn’t open until 8:00, so the light isn’t ideal. Many of the buildings and stelas are covered by structures to protect them from the elements. It’s still an amazing place to wander and explore, especially if you get there early — standing alone in the middle of a 1,000 year-old ball court was an incredible experience.

Travel Photos: The Textures of Honduras

Copan Ruinas is a lovely mountain town and is a great place to spend a couple of days. Often towns near major tourist sites are kind of ‘one trick ponies’ and just serve as a base to spend the night while visiting the main draw. But Copan Ruinas has it’s own charm and is great place to relax and explore.

Travel Photos: The Textures of Honduras

The beach town of Tela on the north coast is a good spot to stop en route to the popular island of Utila. It’s a popular tourist stop for Hondurans and has a nice beach, good food and a relaxed vibe.

Travel Photos: The Textures of Honduras

Travel Photos: The Textures of Honduras

Travel Photos: The Textures of Honduras

Utila Island is the main backpacker destination here and is the cheapest place in the world to get your PADI diving certification. It can be as rowdy or relaxed an experience as you like, too, with bars that stay open late and hammocks that are open all day.

Travel Photos: The Textures of Honduras

Travel Photos: The Textures of Honduras

Hanging out, waiting on the sunset by the main dock.

Travel Photos: The Textures of Honduras

It was worth the wait.

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Micah November 11, 2011 at 12:55 am

Great shots, Wes. Looks like Central America is treating you right. Can’t wait for you to visit Tikal – it’s a photographer’s dream come true.

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wes November 11, 2011 at 6:00 am

Oh, I am *so* looking forward to Tikal…

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Maria November 11, 2011 at 1:05 am

Rich colors, tactile texture and great compositions… the single, young tree with the blue wall and deep green leaves. Wow!
Thanks for going and sending these great posts – like messages in bottles.

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carlo November 11, 2011 at 2:33 am

The last picture is an explosion of texture. So many elements that meld together to make an epic image. Looking forward to seeing the sights and sounds of Honduras. Thank you for these pix!

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Stephen November 11, 2011 at 2:50 am

Great shots. Decaying buildings really make great subjects for photographing.

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Kevin November 11, 2011 at 3:32 am

That’s great stuff. Got me a little “homesick” as it’s been a long time since I’ve stomped around there. Got howler monkeys yet? Good times. Unless you like sleeping.

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wes November 11, 2011 at 6:00 am

No monkeys yet! I’ll be watching, though…

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Amanda November 11, 2011 at 6:29 am

Awesome shots! That last one looks so serene. And the one of the tree up against the yellow and blue wall? Amazing. That one’s my favorite, I think.

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TR November 11, 2011 at 4:47 pm

Aren’t you supposed to wrestle a monkey????

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mike@earthdrifter.com November 11, 2011 at 9:50 pm

These pics help inspire me to want to try to take better photos.

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Christy @ Technosyncratic November 11, 2011 at 11:12 pm

These are all lovely, but I really like the one with the tree against the yellow and blue wall. Honduras seems full of bright colors!

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Kymri November 11, 2011 at 11:20 pm

Beautiful collection of images, igniting all the senses.

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Dani | Globetrottergirls November 12, 2011 at 11:35 am

Fantastic photos! No1 and No3 are my favorites.

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claudio quan November 14, 2011 at 1:39 am

I’m from Tela and it’s great to see other people enjoying my little “pueblito”!!!

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Suraj Nair November 14, 2011 at 3:37 pm

The beach town pic was the best according to me, not just coz of the beautiful nature, but the simplicity it has in it.

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Hotel rooms November 14, 2011 at 6:59 pm

Gorgeous. So gorgeous. No. 4 is my favorites.

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Rease November 21, 2011 at 10:12 pm

These are great photos. I love the colors and you are right, the textures are really interesting.

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Donna Nations, Leister November 29, 2011 at 5:43 am

Awesome shots!!! There all fantastic…I hope all is going well, be safe!!

Love Ya, Donna

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Karla December 10, 2011 at 5:43 am

Wow im shocked those pictures are amazing

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The World Stroll December 26, 2011 at 7:53 pm

Wow! Amazing photos!

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Kathy February 22, 2012 at 4:33 am

Absolutely gorgeous! I love the variety of shots you got. They provide a great overview of Honduras. Happy travels!

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Ayngelina May 13, 2012 at 10:55 pm

Tikal is very cool although I suspect you’ll also face the same challenges as Copan. However, if you stay by the ruins you can usually bribe one of the guards to let you in for sunrise.

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Meredith@GreenGlobalTravel April 13, 2013 at 7:37 pm

Stunning shots! The colors are so rich. I especially love the first one of the shutters and the yellow wall.
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wes April 15, 2013 at 10:27 am

Man, I was in *love* with those shutters. Walked by them twice a day and finally hit them at a time when they weren’t washed out by bright light.

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