The morning I took this picture was a very long morning! We were staying at a small hotel in Aguas Calientes, down the valley about two hours walk from Machu Picchu. I was set on getting a sunrise photo of the ancient city! So we all woke up at three in the morning to catch the first transport to the top. We did end up waiting in a line for a couple hours waiting for the buses to start running. Once we got to the front gates I glanced at my watch and wow it was six. I was a little bummed because the sky was getting light and I thought I missed sunrise. Turns out my worrying was all for nothing because the sun doesn't actually hit the mountain until around seven. I had plenty of time to set up my shot and really enjoy watching the sun rise over this magnificent sight. As soon as the sun hit the mountain and lit up, immediately everything before that moment was completely worth it!
THIS IS THE BEARTOOTH PASS IN MONTANA. GROWING UP ME, MY FAMILY, AND FRIENDS CAME UP TO THE PASS JUST ABOUT EVERY SUMMER. WE CAME FOR HIKING, CAMPING, BUT MOSTLY FISHING. I REALLY LOVE THIS PLACE. IT'S A FANTASTICALLY BEAUTIFUL PART OF MONTANA AND IT MAKES ME REMEMBER GROWING UP AND THE HIGHLIGHTS OF BEING A YOUNG KID. I'M NOT SAYING I'M ALL GROWN UP BUT YOU GUYS KNOW WHAT I MEAN. I WILL KEEP COMING BACK HERE THROUGHOUT MY LIFE, I'M SURE OF IT.
MOMMA ON THE WAY TO RAINBOW MOUNTAINS
Hiking up to Rainbow Mountains, we were about a quarter of the way up. We passed a few people on the trail selling snacks and drinks, which was extremely nice because stupid me forgot to bring snacks, except for a little bit of dark mango chocolate. This lady was selling little things like granola bars, oranges, and beer. I immediately noticed she had a very unique look about her, something I just had to capture. I asked her if I could take her photograph and told her where to stand for this epic shot! She got very happy when I showed her the photo on the back of my camera and I went on my way. What I really loved was how happy she was with the way she looked and who she was. Something we could all do well to learn from.