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Weekly Photo Challenge: ZigZag

I had to think a little for this challenge but then I remembered this photo from Machu Picchu.  The photo is taken from the trail on the way to the Sun Gate which is the portal along the Inca Trail leading down into the ruins of the ancient city which you can see in the distance in the center of the photo.  The “zigzag” comes in with the unpaved bus trail (in the lower center of the photo) which leads to Machu Picchu from the small town of Aquas Calientes in the valley below.

A ZigZag route up the mountain

A ZigZag route up the mountain

Weekly Photo Challenge: Monument

Its not really a monument in the normal sense but Machu Picchu is definitely an incredible testament to the ancient Incan civilization.  It is awe inspiring in its scope as well as its surroundings.  It was definitely a privilege to be there.  This is a photo from one of the upper slopes of the ruins showing the thatched hut that looks over the entire complex.

Monument to a lost society

Monument to a lost society

Andes Refuge

A friend of mine recently got back from a trip to South America and to Machu Picchu.  That got my looking at some of my earliest photos I took there after I switched to using a DSLR instead of a point and shot.  It also got me looking at how I processed (or didn’t process) some of those photos and I redid a few just for kicks.  This is a photo of one of the shacks just inside the entrance to Machu Picchu – a popular place to meet up with others in your group.  We were up there on a cloudy/rainy morning and I  liked the view of the shack as you looked back out into the mountain valleys with only the peaks visible through the clouds.  Its nice to go back every now and then to revisit those great memories – and rediscover some decent photos.

Machu Picchu Morning Clouds

Machu Picchu Morning Clouds


An Oldie Redone

Hi everyone, sorry for not posting for a few days.  I haven’t done too much new photography the last week or two – I’ve got my cameras pretty much packed and ready to go for our India trip.  I have had the chance to do some more experimenting with photoshop on some of my older photos that I didn’t post.  Here’s a photo that I took in Peru of a little girl getting ready for school.  I always liked the photo but it just wasn’t anything special so I thought I’d  try out some of the YouTube tutorials on different photoshop techniques.  The one I used for this photo was aimed at making it look a little like a sketch.  I certainly didn’t get it as good as I would have liked as I’m learning every time I try something – but here it is anyway….

School Days

School Days

Weekly Photo Challenge: Illumination

Here’s my entry for the week.  This young mom and child were enjoying the fountains in the weekly light show that is held in Lima, Peru.  This was one of my first night-time shots when I got my first DSLR so I’m happy to be able to share it!

Love - Illuminated

Love – Illuminated

Weekly Photo Challenge: Simple

I had to think a little about this one.  Started looking around the house for something simple and then went into my archives and started thinking about simpler lives as we have seen in places like Peru.  In the end I chose this photo from Peru (from Agua Caliente – Just outside of Machu Picchu) – but more for the simple subject matter than anything else.  I had completely forgotten about some of these old photos so thanks a million to the photo challenge!!

Simplicity in Pink

Weekly Photo Challenge: Self Portrait

This isn’t very original but its really the only one I have… a Llama’s eye.

Who is that behind that Nikon?

Weekly Photo Challenge: Windows

I’m not at home and don’t have access to my photo library but I did recall this one that I had accessible.  I took this walking down one of the alleys/streets in the beautiful town of Cusco, Peru.  There was lots of hustle and bustle down on the street but somehow this single window with a single man staring down at the noisy street caught my eye.  I also knew as I snapped it that it had to be a  black and white.  Hope you enjoy.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Faces

Love this challenge.  I’ve chosen some faces from our South America trip:

The first is of a woman in a little village in Peru.  One of those “every line tells a story” kind of faces…..

History behind those eyes...

and since the challenge title was plural, I thought I’d add a contrasting image.  I published a picture in one of my first posts of a young Uros girl from the floating islands of Lake Titicaca – just to show that “cute” runs in the family, here is a photo of her brother – every bit as captivating.

a face for the future

And just because it fits well with the challenge, a picture of a young vendor outside one of the Incan ruins – with many faces.

Fresh faces

Weekly Photo Challenge: Path

If a PATH well taken is measured by its continued use over time, or by the traffic that has gone that way, then this is truly a prodigious path.  The photo actually shows two paths:  The one along the lefthand side of the photo, built upon the terraced hillside, is the final portion of the Inca Trail leading from “the Sun Gate” down into Machu Picchu (which can be seen almost in the center of the photo).  Who can guess at the numbers of people (ancient and recent) who have travelled the path to this magical place?

The Paths well trodden...

The second one is the serpentine path coming up from the small town of Aguas Caliente to Machu Picchu.  This is the current bus path that most tourists take to the monument.  It is an exciting ride, especially in bad weather, and it literally keeps you on the edge of your seat.  Either path leads to the mysterious and mystical city.  Either one is well worth taking if you get the chance…..