High in the Andes, a llama surveys her domain

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In 1911, American historian and explorer Hiram Bingham rediscovered the Incan city of Machu Picchu high in the Andes Mountains above the Urubamba River. This fascinating city was likely built in the mid-to-late 15th century and abandoned for unknown reasons about 100 years later.


Tenth in line when the gates opened at 6 a.m., we immediately climbed high to get above the Inca citadel before the site was overrun with some of the 4,000 daily visitors. Positioned on a ledge, I waited to photograph the next bank of fog to roll over the ruins when this lovely llama walked into the scene. As if posing, she spent about 30 seconds observing her domain while I clicked off images. I’m constantly asked if this is photoshopped; it is not. This is proof that sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good.

Machu Picchu was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983 and is one of the most popular destinations in South America. Can you find the four people that are in this image?

Photographer Chris and painter Robin Rohwer each week strive to share a painting or photograph that captured their interest in hopes that it will also capture yours. They have a small studio and gallery in the Emporium Center in downtown Knoxville where you can stop and see their work. Check ahead to see when they will be there, as they may be off looking for more inspiration. Their website is www.ChristopherRobinArts.com. Email them at ChristopherRobinArts@gmail.com. If a particular piece interests you for your home or office, please contact them. All works are copyright protected.

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