Andean Skies

Could the skies possibly get any more blue? I’m wondering about this as I have just returned from another part of the world where the skies took my breath away, and where I was awed and mesmerized by looking up. I’m certain that the high altitude has something to do with the deep clear blues…

AAA magazine cover shot: Machu Picchu

So I finally got my digital hands on a digital version, and here it is! The current JAN/FEB 2011 cover of AAA Home & Away magazine (Ohio edition): Like it? You can find this image and many more available for licensing at: Mira Terra Images Travel Photography & Services Or, take a look at my…

Clams & Cockles of Chile – Puerto Montt

There’s more to picturesque Puerto Montt than brightly colored boats decorating quiet little harbors. A closer look reveals people living and working on and around those boats, so I decided to follow along with my lens and see what life was all about for these people. Clams. That’s right. Clams. And Cockles too. Mussels, scallops,…

Beyond Rio….a look at the favelas

Most visitors to Rio do their sightseeing by checking out views from Christ the Redeemer, Sugarloaf, or the deck of their hotel overlooking Copacabana or Ipanema Beaches. Well that’s all fine and good, but did you know that some of the best view properties in Rio are rarely visited at all by camera-toting tourists? What…

Kids Around the World: Hang In There!

Two young girls can’t resist a peak over the wall of the local futbol stadium in Puerto Natales, Chile. Caught in mid-hang, did the little one fall before the other girl got the bike seat under her feet? No! She didn’t! I still can’t figure out how no feet are touching the ground anywhere in…

Photo Friday – Kids Around the World: Portraits of Peru

Children in traditional dress hold special appeal, and there are many to be admired in Peru. These kids were both spotted at Awana Kancha, a Quechua word for “Palace of the Weaver.” Awana Kancha is a living museum for any visitor seeking a rich understanding of the colorful Peruvian textiles and traditional weaving techniques of…

Life on the Amazon – Part II: The Experience

The meeting of the waters on the Amazon, as seen from the plane Preface: I wrote this blog (as well as “The Pantanal” article) on a napkin in a brand new wine bar at the Tropical Hotel in Manaus, where I was entertained by a wide screen tv playing a DVD of Pink Floyd’s “The…

Life on the Amazon – Part I: The People

To put the Amazon experience into words is an intimidating task, but one that is overcome easily with a lens instead of a pen. So here is the first of two parts of my “Life on the Amazon” article, in which I’ll let pictures tell the story. Enjoy the journey! These images, plus many more…

Feathers and Food – Carnival alternatives in Rio

Ok, so you’re in Rio de Janeiro, and you’ve missed Carnival. You still want to experience the music and see the costumes, but without spending days and nights sitting on a concrete stadium bleacher surrounded by crowds and a giant party. Out of season, but are you out of luck? What to do? Well, depending…