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A Serpent Emerges

A Serpent Emerges
Photograph by Kenneth Garrett

Revealed by the careful clearing of fallen stones and rubble that had helped protect it for nearly 1,300 years, a massive serpent head once decorated part of the base of the Great Pyramid at Chac. The toppled serpent now peers skyward, its well preserved “eyebrow”—the curved ridge ending in a scroll—clearly visible in this view. With his right hand archaeologist Michael Smyth touches the vertical upper palate of the serpent‘s gaping mouth.



Camera: Nikon F5
Film Type: Fujichrome Velvia
Lens: Nikkor 17-35mm EDIF AFS Zoom
Speed and F-Stop: 1/60 @ f/8
Weather Conditions: Foggy
Time of Day: Morning
Lighting Techniques: Natural light


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