The photographer: Dr. Denise Wessels of east Sacramento
Behind the lens: In Antigua, Guatemala, the ruins of Santo Domingo are partially restored into a beautiful museum of antiquities and amazing Mayan artifacts. We traveled to Central America to ring in 2012 in the heart of the Mayan world just in case we wouldn't get another chance with the end-of-the-world and all!
I discovered this luscious display of hanging orchids while I was walking through the grounds of Santo Domingo a few days into January. The weather was a perfect 75 degrees and nicely humid to support the arbor full of orchids.
The Museo Santo Domingo has artifacts from the many ages and stages of Antigua's history, including a collection from the scandalous removal of Mayan treasure from the tombs where they were discovered after centuries of hiding under layers of jungle. Many of the Mayan artifacts were taken out of the country to Europe, but the Museo Santo Domingo retains a substantial collection. A local man is credited for purchasing the artifacts to keep them in Guatemala.
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