I miss Peru so dearly. The place and the unforgettable conversations with strangers. The wholly unexpected fulfillment of the dream to visit Machu Picchu. The sleepless nights I spent trying to get my visa in time for my departure. It all keeps coming back every time I go through my collection of photos from Peru.
San Francisco is a city of incredible contrasts. One minute I would find myself walking through a glitzy section like Union Square and just a few blocks later something that felt so far removed from it. Ugly graffiti, poorly maintained streets and the distinct smell of weed following you everywhere you went.
I don’t usually try to capture birds on my pocket camera as this is usually an exercise in frustration. No matter the 30x optical zoom that it offers you need an insanely steady hand or a tripod to capture something like this. It took multiple tries but I just didn’t want to move on without a good shot of this beautiful bird.