Photos of Nicaragua by Barry Stepe. Nicaragua is known as the country of "Lakes and Volcanoes." There are some many beautiful places to photograph. Some of my favorite places are the volcanic lagoons. Looking over the hillside into the lagoons is fascinating. The turquoise water and the open sky brings a sense of deep serenity. The immensity seems to put everything in perspective and a feeling of calm. There also seems to be a strong breeze blowing all the time, which also enhances the experience under the brilliance of the sun.