Tag - Peru

PotD: 55 – Obvious to some

Obvious to some

You’d think that when you visit a place of natural beauty such as the spectacular Colca canyon in southern Peru that you would not need to paint a sign on the side of a rock telling visitors not to pee on said rock. Then again, what is obvious to some is not necessarily obvious to others. And, if you have to deal with over 120,000 visitors...

PotD: 54 – Condor at Colca Canyon

Condor

The tour bus from Arequipa to Colca canyon left at 3am and somehow I ended up on it. I hadn’t been on a guided tour since the first week of my journey when it was the only way to make it onto the Perito Moreno glacier in Patagonia. That had turned out to be an excellent tour and, even though I had actively avoided going to Machu Picchu in an...

PotD: 53 – After the Last Supper

After the Last Supper

I’d walked around the monastery of Santa Catalina for a while already when I came across this table in a room lit only by a shaft of daylight from above. Maybe it was the faint memories of my Religious Education lessons at school or maybe the sense of religious devotion that pervades the monastery had seeped into my subconscious, whatever...

PotD: 52 – Kitchen in Santa Catalina monastery

Smoke-stained Kitchen

One of several smoke-stained kitchens in the the monastery of Santa Catalina in Arequipa, one that can be described as the opposite of a modern kitchen, but certainly built to last. The light in this image dropped off very quickly from right to left and the result I was able to achieve in Capture One gives you an idea of the dynamic range of the...

PotD: 51 – Streets of Santa Catalina

Santa Catalina

It’s hard to imagine what it must be like to live in a cloistered community but walking round the streets and buildings that make up the monastery of Santa Catalina give you some idea of the lives led there. Originally built in the 16th century for wealthy Spanish families to place a daughter for a life of service to the church, the...

Hanging out in Cusco

Cusco

I arrived in Cusco before sunrise aboard the Bolivia Hop bus, having left La Paz almost 24hrs earlier. The journey had been broken up by spending half a day checking out Lake Titicaca so I wasn’t feeling too inhuman when my feet touched the ground in Cusco. Bolivia Hop, the same people who run Peru Hop, organise taxis to get everyone to...

PotD: 49 – An Adobe Wall in Cusco

Adobe wall

It’s difficult to fully convey the texture and the detail visible in the hires version of this image of an adobe wall in a Cusco side street. The ‘roots’ have been made by the effect of rainwater trickling down the wall, with the mud from the wall leaving a brown trail as the rain stops and the water begins to dry. I can’t...

PotD: 48 – A Meeting of Cusco Walls

Cusco walls

An earlier PotD may have given the impression that I didn’t have much interest in the architectural wonders to be found in Cusco so I thought I’d add this image here of some Cusco walls to show that I was at least aware of some of what was on offer. From this one spot on a typical Cusco side street, there are four different wall types...

PotD: 47 – Frog legs in Cusco market

Frog legs

The San Pedro market in Cusco had a lot of stuff on sale that I wasn’t particularly used to but I’d have to say that the wizened granny sitting next to a bucket of live frogs had one of the more unusual setups. She didn’t really have a stall, just her stool next to the bucket and a flat surface by her side for the freshly peeled...

PotD: 46 – Beans in Cusco Market

Beans

There’s nothing quite like a macro lens to get a different perspective on things. This close-up shot of dried beans is from an inspiring day I had wandering round San Pedro market in Cusco. The Sony FE 90mm f2.8 Macro G is turning out to be a stellar lens and well worth its weight in my ‘travelling’ camera bag. As with most...