it’s official! woot.

If you’d like to make a purchase… go here or (if you’re reading this directly from my blog) look on the left navigation bar for the “Purchase Pictures!” for the link!  I’ll add more pictures as I go!  Note that she’s from Australia! yay!

Peru 10: Alpaca or Llama?

Peru Day 5: On the way to Puno

Most trips overseas, I find an animal to fall in love with. In Australia it were the kangaroos and wombats. New Zealand was the sheep. Thailand was the elephants. Peru was the alpaca.

The whole trip I wondered what the difference was between the llama and alpaca. A ton of different people, from guides to children to other tourists, told me how to differentiate between the llama and the alpaca, but I’m still stumped.

I looked at this website and am still confused. I give up…..

Here are pictures of both alpaca and llama (that’s what the tour guide told me), so tell me if you can figure out the difference.

llama

llama next to an alpaca

alpaca

alpaca

llama

alpaca

llama

alpaca

alpaca (he’s spitting at me in this picture)

alpaca

baby alpaca

Peru 9: Tour Bus Time!

Peru Day 5: On the road to Puno

On this particular day, we set off for Puno, where we would eventually visit Lake Titicaca, a huge lake that is known to be the highest elevated accessible lake in the world.  So instead of taking a regular bus from Cusco to Puno which would take 6 hours, we opted to take a big comfy charter bus tour instead.  We made various stops along the way, and I slept a lot.  The total tour was about 10 hours, but I enjoyed it very much!

Hello.

My day started off slowly, but wonderfully.  I confirmed that three of my prints would be purchased!  I stayed up the night before working and chatting.  So I was surprised when I woke at 9am this morning, only sleeping for five hours.  When I was convinced to go hang, I was a little groggy.  I feel very incoherent now so I’m not even going to bother finishing this post! hahah.

Anyway…. I had an amazing day in the city.

Big News!

My heart is all aflutter…

I’m going to be selling my first print!

And not only that, but I’m selling three. My heart is overflowing…..The wonderful buyer is going to buy each print at 17″ x 20″! I’m so incredibly overjoyed!  This is great motivation to really get to updating my etsy shop and my smugmug account! Hurray!

Boats, boats, boats.

More inspiration from Our Labor of Love….

Emily + Jasen

Peru 8: More hiking?

Peru Day 3: Sacred Valley, Ollantaytambo and Chinchero

I had been sleeping soundly on the tour bus, when we pulled up to Ollantaytambo.  The sun was on on it’s way to sunset and the air had changed since our last stop.  Ollantaytambo was what I had pictured Incan ruins to look like, these massive stone structures carved into the mountain.  It’s truly incredible how people so long ago were able to build these structures.  I don’t have a great picture of it, but there was a mountain with full on huge structures carved in the side of the mountain…. and not just any mountain…. a mountain whose slope was was nearly vertical.  Super incredible.

By the time we reached Chinchero, the sunlight was nearly gone and it had begun to rain.  We arrived at our destination, greeted by local women dressed in traditional clothing.  Evidently we were there for a demonstration.  Three generations of women showed us how they made the yarn, how it was dyed and a weaving demonstration.  Everyone on the tour were then welcomed to buy their goods.  I have a weakness for handmade goods, especially when I meet the people who’ve handmade them…. so I bought lots of socks, glittens, legwarmers and caps (at a jacked up price, which I later discovered).  All in all, I loved the experience of demonstration and meeting these people who were warm and cheery.

One Love.

Love this photoshoot from One Love Photo.

Click on the image for more pictures from this wedding.