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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…..


I posted a single butterfly picture earlier this week as part of my Sierra “trip report” but it reminded me that I have taken several more over the last month or two.  I know nothing about butterflies so I thought I’d just post where I took each photo.  Any comments or information about any of these would be welcomed….

Local - from Lake Murray near San Diego, California

The next is from the Amazon jungle of Peru…..

Pretty Peruvian....

Another jungle inhabitant….this one landed on our boat during a tour of a landlocked lake in the Manu Wildlife Preserve.

Another close to the lodge at  Manu….

Manu Magnificent

And one last one -also from the jungle.

Color on color

Two “L”s two “A”s… what else?

Self Portrait?

I can’t believe I’ve made numerous posts from our South America trip  and not done one on the iconic animals of the Andes – the Llamas, the Alpacas, and the lesser known Vicuna!  It didn’t take long to meet a few of these guys once we arrived in Cusco – there were several of them being paraded around town for us tourists.  While I took the obligatory pics, hopefully the ones in this post are more spontaneous (if only a little) than those “canned” shots.  The above is as close as I came to a self portrait on this trip – if you look closely, there I am – literally sticky a camera in this poor  Llama’s eye….actually I was a few yards away and using a telephoto – but it still may be the only surviving photo of me from South America.

The next one is a close up of a Vicuna – a much smaller animal than the llama and owner of  the “highest quality natural  fiber” on earth.  I’m sure you will agree that these amazingly attractive animals not only dress well but are incredibly cute in their own right.

Makes a deer look like the homely "cousin"

The last photos are ones that have been taken a million times – but I couldn’t figure out how NOT to take them.  The first is a shot of the Llamas at Machu Picchu asserting their “right of way” with the tourists.  It was always a delightful feeling having to back off for one of these guys coming up the stairs.

"Pesky People are always in the way"

And lastly, a shot that I’m sure has been captured and interpreted in many different ways.  Mine?….A Llama making its case that the ruins are a secondary wonder to this very alive and active current inhabitant!

King of the Mountain

Great Blue (Heron)

Back to my more familiar wildlife.  Don’t really know why I chose this particular time for this post other than a ran across a photo I took of a Great Blue Heron here in San Diego.  I’ve taken several pics of this elegant bird in the canyon that runs behind our house – but none of these are taken there – I wanted to highlight the range of where you can find these wonderful birds.  This first photo was taken at Lake Murray, a small park here in San Diego.  I went down there early one morning and this one immediately made a low pass over me – great timing!

Great Blue fly-by

The next was taken slightly farther south – all the way down in the Amazon.  We saw several of them down there along the rivers.  I’m no expert but they look very much like our local variety.

Amazonian Blue on a rocky shore

For the last, those of you who have followed my earlier posts might recognize the lava and sand shores of the Galapagos in the background.  This guy was just out there hunting amongst the marine iguanas, the sally lightfoot crabs, the sea lions, wingless cormorants, penguins and all the other “run of the mill” Galapagos creatures.

Must feel left out with all the other Galapagos birds getting top billing...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Old Fashioned

"How did I get to this place in time?"

This photo was taken out of a bus window in the Sacred Valley of Peru.  Not only is she dressed in “old fashion” traditional clothes, the look on her face seems to me to be questioning today’s world as she watches the traffic go by.  This is my first entry into the weekly photo challenge – hope this fits….

A rainy morning in Machu Picchu

The third day we were at Machu Picchu started with a misty rain engulfing the mysterious city.  While it didn’t offer the splendid vistas that the ruins and mountains normally present, it created a somber and dramatic feel to the place that we were privileged to experience.  This first image here is one of my favorite from our 3 days.  It is taken looking back at one of the first structures you encounter as you enter the site.  The clouds on the mountains revealed, for just a moment, symmetrical “notches” in the surrounding hills.  That image, plus the huddled visitors in the shack, created a scene I hadn’t seen in other photographs of the area and one that appealed to me in its simplicity and tone.

Entrance at Machu Picchu shrouded in the clouds

A second thing that struck me as I walked around in the drizzle was that the details of both the ruins and the people were obscurred just enough to render “ghosts” of images making it even easier to imagine the spirits of the ancient culture that still inhabit this shrine….

Visitors from the past or present?

Lastly, it was impossible not to notice the magical transformation of the ruins and their surrounding vegetation by the weather.  Every bush, flower, or weed was covered by the mist yielding another opportunity to marvel at the artistry that is nature.

Simple bush in nature's "full dress uniform"

Cusco Cutie

Going from the old to the new.  This was taken our first afternoon in Cusco – beautiful, sunny afternoon to provide that nice warm light.  This young lady was just sitting in the doorway of her mom’s shop and watching the world go by.  At first I thought the advertisements were a distraction from the photo but I kinda like the context they give to the scene.  Again, its worth a double click to get a close up of her expression.

The “Eyes of Age”

As Jerry Jeff Walker said (paraphrased to change gender)…”she looked to me to be the eyes of age”.  This woman was sitting outside a colonial cathedral in the little town of Andahuaylilas on the road between Cusco Peru and Puno.  The cathedral was on a delightful little picturesque square in a sleepy little town.  Most people were in traditional clothes including this woman who had more character in her face than John Wayne could have ever hoped for.  You’ve just got to imagine the life that she has led…..  This is another one of those images that I think is worth double clicking on – her face is amazing!

Eyes of Age - Andahuaylilas, Peru

Monkeys! Lots of them!

Back to the Amazon for this post.  We saw 4 or 5 different species of monkeys during our 4 day stay at the Manu Wildlife Preserve Lodge.  This is a squirrel monkey that was in a lakeside tree.  He was joined by 100 or so of his closest friends…

Squirrel Monkey at Manu

As we were watching, they were joined by a bunch of Capuchin monkey’s that pretty much had that single tree rock’in!  Among the Capuchins was this mother and child – pretty cute!

Capuchin Mother and Child

Harpy Eagle

While we were in the Amazon jungle at the Manu Wildlife Center we were lucky enough to see a Harpy Eagle in its domain.  Our guide said this was a VERY rare sight – especially as close as we were.  He/she was sitting in the top of a tree overseeing a small, very quiet lake populated with untold species of birds and at least 3 kinds of monkeys.  It was definitely a regal sight!

Harpy Eagle

The Harpy stands about 3′ tall and looks a little like a cross between an eagle and an owl.  Occasionally you can see his “crown” of feathers sticking up although this picture did not do it justice.  We waited for about 30 minutes for the eagle to fly but he unfortunately turned his back on us and took-off away from the lake – and our viewpoint.

Harpy Take-off