Landscape photography was my first venture in photography when I started taking photos eight years ago. So when I moved to Mexico a year later, in 2010, I took a lot of photos of landscape photos of Lake Chapala, sunsets, and egrets when I first got here.
This was the best way to avoid embarrassment by forcing myself to interact with the locals and ask to take their portraits — something I was dying to do, but that an introverted landscape photographer might consider a nightmare. My Spanish upon arrival, anyway, was barely beyond the first year of high school.
The lucky thing is, I chose to move to one of the most beautiful places in Mexico, which makes an introverted landscaper photographer’s life almost all too easy.
Two men in a rowboat head into the reflection of Mount Garcia. A cloud casts shadows that reach 180-degrees to the other direction of Lake Chapala during a spectacular July sunset. Sunlight bursts through a gap in the clouds just before setting west of Ajijic. Smoke from a distant fire helped give this sunset at Lake Chapala some dramatic colors. Jaqui Gómez, an escaramuza cowgirl, rides her dancing horse along the shore at Lake Chapala, Mexico. A great egret waits for a fish to catch at Lake Chapala. Sunbeams shoot from behind the mountains around Ajijic, Mexico. A man sits on the back of a fishing boat at Lake Chapala. A 97-second exposure captures the dreamy movement of the clouds and water at Lake Chapala, Mexico. Hints of blue sky mix into the colors reflected on the water of Lake Chapala during a fall sunset. Crowds enjoy the last minutes of daylight on a Sunday evening on the malecón in Chapala, Jalisco. A duck floats on the surface of Lake Chapala, Mexico, during sunset. Horses along the Lake Chapala shoreline at sunset. Clouds reflected on the surface of Lake Chapala, Mexico. Clouds reflected off of the smooth evening surface of Lake Chapala in Mexico. Men go net fishing from a rowboat at Lake Chapala, Mexico. A rock wall off the shore of Lake Chapala, Mexico. Men on a boat at Lake Chapala, Mexico. The sun dips between the branches of a tree growing off the shore of Lake Chapala, Mexico. The level of the lake varies from season to season, year to year. This 240-second exposure captures the movement of the invading hyacinth species that sometimes plagues Lake Chapala. Fire-orange clouds silhouette the tree-lined hills behind Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico. Ajijic is the third largest town at Lake Chapala, after Ocotlán and Chapala. The sun sets behind multiple layers of land at Lake Chapala, Mexico. January sunset with light rain clouds in Mexico. This 87-second expsoure has turned the surface of the lake completely smooth. This is a rare sight of a jet ski speeding across Lake Chapala. Pleasure cruising of any sort is uncommon at the lake. Sunset at Lake Chapala, Mexico. Touring boats tied up at the end of the day in Chapala, Jalisco. A dog wanders the shoreline of Lake Chapala. Clouds over Mt. Garcia get colored by the setting sun at Lake Chapala, Mexico. A 76-second exposure captures the movement of the clouds during sunset. Sunbeams spread out from behind a cloud during a fall sunset at Lake Chapala, Mexico. The sun turns the sky and water into a thousand shades of orange during sunset at Lake Chapala, Mexico. A boy walks along the shore of Lake Chapala while holding a stick.