Machu Picchu - taking time to notice the tiny details.

While taking in all the incredible views that Machu Picchu has to offer, I also noticed splashes of colour throughout the site. Had a closer look and took time to smell the …… begonias!   These are begonia veitchii.Machu Picchu Flower_MG_6496.jpg Machu Picchu Flowers_MG_6499.jpg Machu Picchu flowers_MG_6571.jpgThis is the coca plant, a small shrub often spelled koka in Quechua - its a plant native to north-western South America and it plays a significant role in traditional Andean culture.  If visiting Peru, you’ll probably have a chance to try coca tea - believed to alleviate symptoms of altitude sickness. More often the leaves of the coca plant are chewed - said to help with the alleviation of pain.Machu Picchu CocaPlant_MG_6517.jpgDainty pink bloom.

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The area around Machu Picchu has 372 species of orchids - some of them pictured here.    
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Machu Picchu Orchids_MG_6600.jpgGorgeous pink blooms at Machu Picchu, perhaps an orchid?Machu Picchu blooms_MG_6554.jpg

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Welcome to my travel photo blog. Photography has been a part of my life for a long time – back in the day the Pentax Super Program was always near at hand. But it wasn’t until I started travelling around the world that photography became a vehicle for me to show others about the absolutely amazing and complex world we live in. My hope is to share with you glimpses of what I’ve seen. Enjoy!