Photo Walk Nº34 – Chapultepec Park Section 2
Photo Walk Nº34, our first one this year, took us to the second section of Chapultepec Park, one of the largest urban parks in the world. Renovation work has almost finished, turning it into a well-organized recreational area with activities for all the family, as well as keeping its function as the city’s lungs and wildlife haven.
We photographed the fountains using fast shutter speeds, and looked for more creative ways to shoot the the lake and reflections using the trees as a natural frame. Egrets, herons, ducks and other water fowl could be seen around the small islands and we used our telephoto lenses or zoom lenses to get some shots.
Next we visited the Cárcamo de Dolores where water piped in from the Toluca Valley is stored in four enormous cisterns under areas used for playing football or covered with cactus plants. This water supplies 30% of the city. On the walls and floor of a tank inside the building is Diego Rivera’s mural, “Water, the Origin of Life”. The plan was for it to be underwater but after just a few years, the paintings had almost vanished. The flow of water was diverted and the mural was restored and opened to the public in 2010. Outside is the Fuente de Tláloc, an unusual fountain dedicated to Tláloc, the god of rain, also created by Diego Rivera, using mosaic and colored stones. He designed it to be seen from the air since the planes flew overhead at a lower altitude than today.
After that, we spent some time photographing the cactus gardens and flowers before heading over to the brand new skatepark and getting some action shots. We then wandered down past another fountain, “El mito del agua” with its 11 giant Olmec-style heads. This part of the park houses several museums and sites, including the Papalote children’s museum, the Technology Museum and the amusement park La Feria with several roller coasters. In fact, Chapultepec Park is so big we only saw half of this section but had more than enough to photograph!