Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Machu Piccu

Machu Piccu

High in the Andes Mountains of Peru




In this view of Huayna Piccu, to the left, you are looking across the 
main and secular squares.
Unbelievable and remarkable are two words that instantly come to mind when talking about Machu Piccu.  The Incas built these structures over 500 years ago.  At an altitude of over 8000 feet above sea level, Machu Piccu was constructed in about 50-60 years and was never discovered by the Spaniards.  The amazing stone work, most of it done without any mortar, used techniques that defied the elements and the earthquakes. Keeping in mind that all the grades of the mountains surrounding Machu Piccu are pretty much what you see here, the Incas used the rock on top of the mountain for their resources to expertly shape and cut the stone to precise measures.  And the whole city was built without the use of the wheel.
View from just outside the guard house
Looking across the dry moat with the royal chambers just beyond
Stone work without mortar
Temple of the Sun

Looking across main square


Section of Temple of the Three Windows

Wall in Principal Temple 



The ever changing weather over the mountain peak of Huayna Piccu

Inca Trail to the Sun Gate

Here we are in the nose bleed section

All images ©2017 Bard Wrisley

Friday, March 13, 2015

Antarctic, Patagonia and Buenos Aires Trip

View across the Beagle Channel in Ushuaia, Argentina
Penguins are every bit as cute as you guessed

In late January, my wife Lara and I, went on a trip of a lifetime.  We went to Antarctica, Patagonia and Buenos Aires, Argentina.  Needless to say, it was amazing. Everything we saw was on a scale I have not experienced before.  And, in a place generally thought of as barren, there was wildlife everywhere. 

Have a look at some of my favorite images from the trip.

As always all images © 2015 Bard Wrisley

Penguins climbing the mountain to their nests


Climb to a beautiful view


Gentoo penguin with both chicks

Adelie penguins a leaping

Leopard Seal 
Adolescent Elephant Seal
Ice! 



It really is this blue!


Icebergs, nature's sculpture










Patagonia - Brazo Upsala

Glacier Upsala


View of Braza Christina and Andes Mountains


Lara and I above the Glacier Upsala



Fluid rocks above the Glacier


Recoleta Cemetery, Buenos Aires, Argentina




Redoing the window at Casa Chic


Interesting foursome



The Museum of Decorative Arts
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