PeruRail is the third highest railway in the world after the Qinghai–Tibet Railway to Tibet and the FCCA line from Lima to Huancayo, and is the longest line in Peru. —Wikipedia
Photo source: Wikipedia
The night before the big day (trip to Machu Picchua), we were told by our tour guide to get our luggage packed and place it outside of our hotel room before 4:45 am and the breakfast would start serving at 4:30 am.
Unlike other trips, this one was more like a mission. At around 5:15 am, we carried our backpack, hiking sticks, camera… and were ready to get on the tour bus. Everyone was quiet and looked pretty anxious. M came to me and said,”Smile, Amy…”, but he wasn’t smiling. I said something to hubby, he didn’t hear a word.
The tour bus dropped us off at the Cuzco train station. And the train journey started a little after 7:00 am.
The scenery of this 90-minute train trip was stunning, say the least. It was difficult to stand still on the train. Somehow, I managed to take some photos through windows on both sides of the train with my iPhone 8+.
“The line between Cusco and Machu Picchu – Ferrocarril Santa Ana – is a 3 ft (914 mm) narrow gauge line, which boasts a series of five switchbacks called locally ‘El Zig-Zag’, which enable the train to climb up the steep incline out of Cusco, before it can begin its descent to the Sacred Valley of the Incas and then continue down to Machu Picchu.” — Wikipedia
N and I went to the back of the train to take a few more photos. This forest extends all the way to Peruvian Amazon Rainforest.
Off the train, we were transported to a local bus to Muchu Picchu. We, then, showed our passport to get the entrance ticket. Finally, we passed the narrow gate and followed the path. A while later, the majestic Muchu Picchu mountains appeared right in front of us.
From there on, we couldn’t stop clicking. Except N, she walked up toward the mountains, then stretched out her arms yelling, “OMG! I made it, Michua Picchu!!! I love, love it! ” Actually, we had some serious hiking ahead of us.
When I saw this sign pointing to Machu Piccha, my heart was pounding fast…
We started hiking up then down to the ruin. It was a few minutes before 10 am. It was cloudy, but no rain.
Thank you for visiting my Enchanting Peru series #6. 🙂
Why close up photography? One of photographers explains, “Taking images close-up is a fun way to rethink items we see every day, or explore something you think you know well, like your backyard.”
When you get a close-up shot, you are able to appreciate the unexpected details and lovely shapes of petals.
“If your pictures aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough.”
~ Robert Capa
These morning raindrops were captured last spring in my backyard:
Every once a while, I get a close-up photo of a horse. Like Mr. B, Ms. W is gentle, patient, and cooperative. I captured her eye with my 60mm macro lens.
Take a look of the beautiful jewels Ann-Christine found in her abandoned flower pot. She reminds us, “You certainly don’t have to buy a macro lens – most cameras are good at close-ups. If you have a smartphone/android/iPhone – you will be surprised how easily you get good results.” Thank you, Ann-Christine for the inspiring challenge theme.
“Capturing the balance between shadow detail and highlight detail is one of the cornerstones of taking a well exposed image.” (shuttermuse.com) This may explain why shadow photography is fascinating and challenging at the same time.
Morning sun through the window created nice shadows in quiet area at the London airport.
The changing shadows made the hallway of the Miho Museum fascinating:
Miho Museum, Japan
Many streets in Seville, Spain are very narrow. We were told that the shade/shadows from either side of the buildings can keep the street/alley cooler during summer.
The first time I learned about taking photos of shadows was at the rim of Grand Canyon. It was a beautiful evening, people were crowded there waiting for the sunset scene; a photographer was busy setting up his camera gear. After a brief pleasant exchange with him, minutes later I found myself was shooting side by side with him. I had no idea how to capture the sunset scenes of GC. Luckily, Bill, the photographer, took time to explain to me how sun was setting and how that affects shadows moment by moment, as he was clicking his camera cable. Bill also pointed a spot and told me specifically to include the shadows. He then asked me to show him the photos I captured. Sometime ago, I wrote a story “Bill, the photographer“
The next evening, I was on my own. This was my lucky shot:
This boy was having fun watching a squirrel. 🙂
“… there are shadows because there are hills. “ – E.M.Forster, “A Room with a View”
According to Wikipedia, Texas longhorn is a breed of cattle known for its characteristic horns, which can extend to over 1.8 m (5.9 ft) tip to tip for bulls, and up to 100 in (8.3 ft) tip to tip for steers and exceptional cows.
“Landscape photography shows spaces within the world, sometimes vast and unending, but other times microscopic. Landscape photographs typically capture the presence of nature but can also focus on man-made features or disturbances of landscapes.” — Wikipedia
Our photo challenge for this week is landscapes. As I was going through hundreds of my archived landscape photos, they brought back many fond memories. IHope you will enjoy them.
Mount Evans is over 9,000 feet above the Denver metropolitan. This trip to Denver was one of my few solo trips. I joined a tour group and met four other single woman travelers; the driver was also a woman. We saw some spectacular scenery as the bus climbed up, but also experienced rapid weather changes there. In 30 minutes or so, it quickly turned into cloudy, windy, and rainy, weather.
Mount Evans, Colorado
The landscape north of Abiquiu, New Mexico is vast and absolutely beautiful. In 1977, Georgia O’Keeffe wrote: “[the] cliffs over there are almost painted for you—you think—until you try to paint them.” Ansel Adams was one of the many guests to visit her at the ranch over the years.
“In landscapes of silent rock, reflecting water and parting cloud I feel most connected to myself and to life itself.”
The landscape between Edinburgh and Inverness is indeed picturesque:
Dolomites, Italy had been one of the few places that we kept returning to again and again. Back then, we couldn’t think of a better place for our vacation:
“And the world cannot be discovered by a journey of miles, no matter how long, but only by a spiritual journey, a journey of one inch, very arduous and humbling and joyful, by which we arrive at the ground at our feet, and learn to be at home.”
— Wendell Berry
The mountains are calling and I must go. –John Muir
Rocky Mountain, Colorado
We look forward to seeing your photos of the lands you’ve discovered, either in your travels or closer to home.
A vast, majestic, mountainous landscape photo is poetically presented. Take a look.
As you may have noticed, my blog topics incline to the beauty of nature and my travels. So it’s a surprise to see my two book reviews are ranked next to my popular Lens-Artists posts according to WP’s report; one is And the Mountains Echoed and the other Beneath a Scarlet Sky.
One of my favorite quotes in the “And the Mountains Echoed“: “They say, find a purpose in your life and live it. But, sometimes, it is only after you have lived that you recognize your life had a purpose, and likely one you never had in mind.” — Khaled Hosseini (author)
Then at last he took off his glasses the sun was setting, casting the lake in coppers and golds. He wiped away tears and put his glasses back on…. “ Forgive an old man his memories,” Pino said, “Some loves never die.” ‘ He was 89 years old. — Mark Sullivan (author)
The story began in Dolomite (Italy Alps) when Pino was only 18 years old.
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“Did something totally unexpected happen today? Did you meet someone unexpected at the grocery store, or did you find something in an unexpected place …or, maybe You are up to something unexpected?” Join us and share your photos and stories.
Thanks to Ann-Christine for hosting this fun theme. Remember to make a link to Ann-Christine’s post and tag your post.