Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Camping in a Crater

Pululahua is an inactive volcano about 17km north of Quito. Approximately 40 families inhabit the area today living off agriculture, animal pasturing and tourism. There are various sites to visit in the crater and hosterías in which to camp, hike and ride horses. Our group stayed at the Rinconada de Rolando Vera - a small hacienda owned by retired marathon champion, Rolando Vera.

Having arrived in the dark of night, we were surprised to wake up to this view of cloud-kissed mountain peaks.

Pululahua is Quichua for nube de agua, or cloud of water.

Rolando Vera walks the fields of his hacienda.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Sunsets and Silhouettes of Sleeping Giants

I I would imagine that anyone from here, the Ecuadorian sierra, would miss these mountains and these mountain sunsets...as I have come to miss the wide open sky and flat lands of the Midwest and the Erie Basin.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Chagras de Cotacachí

"Chagras", Ecuadorian cowboys at the fiestas de Cotacachí. May 2011.

Around the Cuicocha Lagoon

La laguna Cuichocha is a natural preserve just 10 minutes outside of Cotacachí Ecuador. The lagoon itself is a volcanic crater 4km by 3km wide whose name, of pre-incan origins, means "lagoon of the Gods". It is also a common site to spot the endangered and elusive Andean condor.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Dreams of La Foch

Lights from Quito's bar district, La Foch, reflect in the windows of a penthouse apartment. The dark shadow of one of the city's surrounding mountains looms overhead.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Self Portraits

Lacking other subjects, but still with the itch to photograph...

Double Exposure

Quito's Parque Metropolitano, a peaceful grove of eucalyptus