Saturday, February 14, 2009

Outside of the Star Caves (Grutas de la estrella) Part 1

These are photographs from the area surrounding the Grutas de la Estrella, or Star Caves in Estado de México, Mexico. These photographs are available as high quality prints with optional framing. A wide variety of paper types and frame colors are available to match your home or office decor. The quality of prints and frames is very high.

Autumn Foliage in Estado de México by Christopher Johnson

Autumn Foliage in Estado de México by Christopher Johnson

Autumn Foliage in Estado de México by Christopher JohnsonView Larger

This view shows the yellows, greens, and browns that are common at this time of year (2nd half of October, 2007) This photograph was taken on the path to the entrance to the Grutas de la Estrella caves in the Estado de México (State of Mexico). The dark blobs in the close branch are small green Bromeliads.

Autumn green gold and brown foliage by Christopher Johnson

Autumn green gold and brown foliage by Christopher Johnson

Autumn green gold and brown foliage by Christopher JohnsonView Larger

This photo is subtly attractive. First you notice the autumn foliage and then slowly look up and see the blue sky with the sunlight glowing through the clouds on the horizon. This photograph was taken in the second half of October, 2007 in Estado de México (State of Mexico) Mexico from the path to the grutas la Estrella (Star Caves).

Autumn foliage in Estado de México by Christopher Johnson

Autumn foliage in Estado de México by Christopher Johnson

Autumn foliage in Estado de México by Christopher JohnsonView Larger

This great view of the autumn foliage focuses on the trees not the sky. I especially like the golden yellow tree to the right. It is sad I couldn't get the entire panorama for you in a photo because it really was a beautiful afternoon. This photograph was taken on the path to the Grutas la Estrella (Star Caves) in Estado de México (state of Mexico) in the second half of October, 2007.

Long Path to the Cave by Christopher Johnson

Long Path to the Cave by Christopher Johnson

Long Path to the Cave by Christopher JohnsonView Larger

This is part of the stairs and walking path down to the entrance to the Grutas de la Estrella (Star Caves) in Estado de México (state of Mexico). The people I went with are walking ahead of me on the path.

Long Path to the Cave 2 by Christopher Johnson

Long Path to the Cave 2 by Christopher Johnson

Long Path to the Cave 2 by Christopher JohnsonView Larger

This is another section of the path to the caves. It is a very long path.

River to Cave by Christopher Johnson

River to Cave by Christopher Johnson

River to Cave by Christopher JohnsonView Larger

This is the river entering the Grutas de la Estrella caves. It eventually goes back above ground many kilometers later. I like this photo because of its simplicity. I find it very relaxing.

Tour Entering the Grutas de la Estrella Star Caves by Christopher Johnson

Tour Entering the Grutas de la Estrella Star Caves by Christopher Johnson

Tour Entering the Grutas de la Estrella Star Caves by Christopher JohnsonView Larger

This is the tour group going in to the Grutas de la Estrella, or Star Caves. You can't really tell, but this is a narrow half-walled path so no one falls into the stream which also enters at this point. Then there is a metal bar railed bridge to take you beyond that point to the rest of solid rock floor.

Stream by the Cave 1 by Christopher Johnson

Stream by the Cave 1 by Christopher Johnson

Stream by the Cave 1 by Christopher JohnsonView Larger

This is a bridge that crosses the stream a few yards before the cave entrance.

Stream by the Cave 2 by Christopher Johnson

Stream by the Cave 2 by Christopher Johnson

Stream by the Cave 2 by Christopher JohnsonView Larger

This is a view of the stream before the entrance to the cave. The pictures of the stream and bridge were taken in the afternoon leaving the cave.

Stream by the Cave 3 by Christopher Johnson

Stream by the Cave 3 by Christopher Johnson

Stream by the Cave 3 by Christopher JohnsonView Larger

Yet another picture of the stream and the bridge crossing it.

Stream by the Cave 4 by Christopher Johnson

Stream by the Cave 4 by Christopher Johnson

Stream by the Cave 4 by Christopher JohnsonView Larger

This is the final photograph of the bridge crossing the stream before the stream enters the cave.

Trees by Christopher Johnson

Trees by Christopher Johnson

Trees by Christopher JohnsonView Larger

Here are some trees near the Caves by the stream