Monday, July 24, 2017

The Art of Viewing your Surroundings

There are many things that I learned on my trip to Peru.  One was simply the ability to just be.  Be still.  Be observant.  Be diligent.  Be peaceful.  I was able to unplug from technology and enjoy my surroundings.  Somethings I had to be okay with just experiencing instead of trying to capture the experience with a camera.  Since Sleepy kept the camera on her most of the time, I also had the pleasure of viewing her experiences upon returning home through her artistic eye.

None of the following photos are edited.  They are raw and unfiltered, just as we viewed them in the moment.  The photo though that stands out the most is one that I will only be able to carry in my minds eye, and that is the clear, unobstructed view of the Milky Way.  Every star, every planet present.  The view so clear and so clean, it was as if you were sitting in the planetarium.

Please enjoy scrolling through theses shots.  I know that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but I think that Sleepy did an amazing job of not only capturing the extraordinary, but also the ordinary day to day.

Here they are in no particular order....

The wonder and the beauty of Peru was in all the places that we traveled.  Lima, Cusco, Pucullpa, Machu Picchu, the Ucayli River and the village of Vista Alegra.  It was a great comfort to me that even though I was 2533 miles away from my home, the sunset and the sunrise were part of the the same landscape at home, marking the passing of the days until our return.

Again, there will be many moments that we did not stop to take a photo of, and some of those sadly, I wished we had, but we will just have to remember them in our minds and hearts.  If you are ever thinking about taking a trip like this, may I be so bold as to say it is life changing and heart changing.

Look for more post, with a few guest writers, just so you know that I am not making this stuff up!  

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