Sunday, 30 November 2014

Cruising on the extremely hot Gatun Lake, Panama

It’s hard to remember when it was last so hot. The temperature on the sun deck must be above 40 degrees and we cool down with still ice water and wine. The enormous Gatun Lake is totally flat, sometimes green but most of the time brown due to the turning mud from vessels passing by. Don’t under estimate the traffic on this lake, big size cargo ships are crossing us frequently.

Again we see many pelicans in the sky but also doing fly-by’s just above the water line. The trees and mountains make it so beautiful and some of the high tree top blossom. You can hear the wildlife: birds, monkeys and insects. At the end of the lake ships are waiting to cross the Gatun Locks.

Het is moeilijk te herinneren wanneer het voor het laatst zo heet was. De thermometer geeft meer als 40 graden aan en wij zoeken verkoeling met ijswater en een glaasje wijn. Het enorme Gatun Meer is volledig vlak, soms is het water groen maar meestal bruin door de voorbij varende schepen. Onderschat het zee verkeer niet op dit meer, grote schepen varen ons regelmatig voorbij. 

Terug zien we veel pelikanen in de lucht maar ook juist boven de waterlijn. De bomen en de bergen maken het allemaal mooi, sommige boomtoppen staan in bloei. Je kan de natuur horen: de vogels, apen en insecten. Aan het einde van het meer wachten vele schepen om de Gatun Sluizen in te varen. 
Gatun Lake Panama sun deck

Gatun Lake Panama

Gatun Lake Panama woods

Gatun Lake Panama islands

Gatun Lake Panama cargo

Gatun Lake Panama Bremen

Gatun Lake Panama high trees

Gatun Lake Panama blosoms

Gatun Lake Panama island

Gatun Lake Panama tanker

Gatun Lake Panama space

Gatun Lake Panama pelicans

Gatun Lake Panama pelicans

Gatun Lake Panama cruise

Gatun Lake Panama

Gatun Lake Panama dredging

Previous Panama Canal article: Passing through the Miraflores Locks, Panama City

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  1. knappe opnames Filip

    nr 11 kan zo aan de muur


  2. it's pretty, and i think heat would sound good to many right now. :)

  3. cool pictures of the pelicans

  4. I don't enjoy being hot but the views are beautiful!!!! I love the images of the pelicans!!!

  5. Een schitterende serie foto's, wij zitten hier in mist en kou.....ik ga mijn koffers pakken hoor.

  6. I love the shots of the pelicans! Kristel is looking beautiful today. And I see some of the trees are so over crowded that they only have leaves on the top.

  7. Certainly does look like a steamy trip.

  8. Wonderful photos. You made us feel the heat!

    ALOHA from Honolulu

  9. That is warm at 40deg. Wine in the heat I don't drink, I go for cool water.
    Nice views, water not so good but you explained that.

  10. prachtig! adembenemend!
    maar veel te warm :-)

  11. mooi landschap, maar het is ook druk op het water. Groetjes Dietmut

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