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Heights of Civilization

By CraigBill    
The great destination of Machu Picchu in Peru's Andes Mountains.

Machu Picchu has always been on my bucket list. I also knew that tourist numbers were up and I really wanted a great shot overlooking the ruins. The way I planned it: get up at 3:00am and be one of the first to hike the terraced landscape and set-up. As it turned out, the entire landscape was cloaked in thick mist and cloud cover. So thick in fact, that you could only see a few meters in front of you! What a great moody feeling, but you couldn’t see anything. My travel companions and I decided to hike around until the fog lifted, but that would also give more time for a possibility of worse weather and more crowds. By the time I made it back up to the scouted photo spot, the clouds were lifting, giving me a clear chance to photograph this magnificent vista in panoramic format. I rarely see it in this format, so I was determined to get it. The mist scraped the tops of the adjacent mountains and swirled around the stone structures as my shutter clicked away. I was so grateful to capture this view in full panoramic glory. All along the way I had met people that never got to see the Machu Picchu vista because the clouds never lifted. That was exactly my fear. But it was my delight to see the entire view bathed in playful, non-brassy light and gave me a chance of a lifetime to experience and capture Machu Picchu as I had hoped!

Tags: Sunrise Fog South america Mist Hiking Machu picchu Peru Cusco Landscape and travel andes mountains

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A great photo and a great story to go with it. Thank you for sharing this adventure.
Barry NZ
AlfieK Plus
3 1 1 United Kingdom
22 Jun 2019 5:26AM
A well chosen viewpoint for this absolutely splendid landscape. GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
BobinAus Plus
5 2 10 Australia
22 Jun 2019 8:08AM
The sun’s rays under the cloud add zest to this scene. Your effort and perseverance were well rewarded with a memorable picture.
RLF Plus
10 18 4 United Kingdom
22 Jun 2019 9:28AM
Fantastic stunning panorama of one of earth's great ancient structures
Hope to see more shots soonSmile
pamelajean Plus
14 1.4k 2155 United Kingdom
22 Jun 2019 4:07PM
I'm so glad things worked out for you and that you were able to capture pictures like this, which is enhanced by the cloud cover and sun's rays, creating a wonderful atmosphere.
Tooma Plus
4 2.1k 3 Scotland
22 Jun 2019 5:50PM
My all time favourite shot of this amazing place. Great effort, narrative, and result, Craig. Smile
Chinga Plus
9 3 2 United Kingdom
23 Jun 2019 12:42AM
I was there in the 80's... Still looks just as magical...
Excellent image presented of this iconic place ...
Isabel GrinGrin
Beautiful. I had the pleasure of seeing this view for myself a couple of years ago. Your capture does it justice a magical place! Great to see. Debs
barrywebb Plus
14 44 7 United Kingdom
23 Jun 2019 10:00PM
Your efforts to achieve these results are incredible, you deserve every accolade you receive.
25 Jun 2019 4:57AM

Quote:Your efforts to achieve these results are incredible, you deserve every accolade you receive.

Thank you Barry.

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