Ecuador is full of legends about the volcanoes, in this case the Cotopaxi is one of them. The legend says that the Cotopaxi was in love with the Ilinizas north, who was already married to the Ilinizas south. The Rumiñahui volcano was friends with the Ilinizas south and told him of the adventure his wife was having, this destroyed the Corazon Volcano, who is the son of the Ilinizas , who cried to much the Quilotoa lagoon was formed. This is why the Cotopaxi is covered in clouds most of the time as he is ashamed of damaging the relationship between the Ilinizas north and south.
So we decided to go camping on a whim, without much planning and as the weather isnt’t the best at the moment we went open minded to see if we would get any decent photos or not. So we loaded up the car and set off, the weather was dry and cloudy. The National Park Cotopaxi entrance is close by to us, but we were headed further into the park to the Santo Domingo Lagoon, where we have never previously visited.
So far the weather was stunning. Wild horses by the dozens, blue sky and some well placed clouds.
The openness (is that even a word?) and isolation of this place is special and unique, you do not want your car breaking down out here.
While we were setting up camp and eating our meal the weather closed in and there was nothing of the volcano to be seen.
Yep. the photo above, that is where the volcano was 5 minutes before, actually the volcano is still there, it is just hidden behind the clouds. So after we finished eating, we got into our sleeping bags and tried to get some sleep.
Hubby needed the bathroom, I have no idea what time it was but he got me out my sleeping bag to see the most amazing sight. I have no previous experience with long exposure night time photos, so we just took loads and hoped something would turn out. Oh, and the weird lights in the middle left of the frame, just hubby messing around with the torch.
So, next morning after something of a cold night as there was no cloud cover, I put my head of the tent at 5.50 AM and said, bugger, we are going to have to get up. And this is what we got up to.
This is probably not the best photo, but I think it is great cause hubby took it of me while I was taking another photo. You can see here all the ice on the ground.
Not always the weather is amazing in the park and there are days when the volcano is hiding behind the clouds, but there are so many other things to photograph.