This photo was taken at a roadside lodge high in the Andes above the town of Ollantaytambo in Peru’s Sacred Valley with a Canon G12. My two friends and I had asked a local driver to take us up to the glacier at Abra Malaga (4,316 meters). On the way back we randomly stopped at this small house to explore and stumbled upon a conservationist group meeting with a local hill tribe. I stood behind the women who sat together on the opposite side of the room from their men, paying more attention to their voluminous, neon skirts and mischievous, runny-nosed children than to the heated discussion between the tribal leaders and the environmentalist representatives. Staring into this woman’s eyes at the moment a laughing toddler skipped by with her tattered doll, I glimpsed into hundreds of years of tradition, courage and survival. 

February 1, 2012 7 Comments Travel


  1. Jim February 1, 2012

    Great capture, Leigh.

  2. Gretchen February 1, 2012

    Incredible picture LT. Really beautiful.

  3. Mindy February 1, 2012

    Amen, Gretchen! Stunning, LT. Miss you mucho.

  4. Whitney Stuart Anderson February 2, 2012

    Wow! This is sensational. It really captures the culture!

  5. tod February 3, 2012

    your site was down for a couple hours. scared to death.

    on happy note, you won’t be forced to watch Super Bowl commercials like one-third of planet !!!!!

    or Super Bowl.

    have fun, stay safe, annoy me when you return home please.


  6. tod February 3, 2012

    may be most memorable picture of this old life !


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