Juego de sombras plays out in the late afternoon

    Late afternoon light is warm and kind to most scenes. I enjoy using it to illuminate human faces and creating a particular mood since it softens the hues of the natural color palette. You can see it in this photograph of two boys playing soccer. Even the concrete and diagonal lines of the eroded ball […]

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    The equipment you need to carry on your Ecuador hike

    Editor’s note: This is the seventh of an eight-part series by writer / photographer Brian Buckner about hiking in the Cuenca area. To read the earlier installments, see the links at the bottom of the article. By Brian Buckner I’m  going to make this one pretty easy, on me anyway. I’m going to tell you […]

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    The equipment you need to wear on your Ecuador hike

    Editor’s note: This is the sixth of an eight-part series by writer / photographer Brian Buckner about hiking in the Cuenca area. To read the earlier installments, see the links at the bottom of the article. By Brian Buckner Writing about the things that will increase your quality of life as you hit the trails […]

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    You’re ready to go hiking … but how do you get to the trail head?

    Editor’s note: This is the fifth of an eight-part series by writer / photographer Brian Buckner about hiking in the Cuenca area. To read the earlier installments, see the links at the bottom of the article. By Brian Buckner Transportation, as identified here, refers to the manner in which you get to the point where […]

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    Tambo Siberia: Lost in the cold mists of time

    The wiry Páramo brushed against the stiff fabric of my rain pants, causing a soft rasping sound. I had been hiking alone at 12,500 feet for a couple of hours. Partly cloudy skies and the magic of Tambo Siberia had lured me into the southern Caja’s, a rugged area that’s part of South America’s central […]

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    Looking for a good hike? There are plenty of great options right here in Cuenca!

    Editor’s note: This is the first of an eight-part series by writer / photographer Brian Buckner about hiking in the Cuenca area. The series covers urban hiking, rural hiking, hiking in the Cajas Mountains, people you meet along the trail, transportation options, what to wear, what to carry, and concludes with the author’s answer to […]

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    El último afeitado, but it’s just part of business

    Guillermo had never liked being told what to do. He only liked doing the telling. All who knew him knew this about him. If they didn’t, then they came to know his rage, as poisonous and swift as any Mamba bite. When he was little, his mamá had grated on him with her shrill voice […]

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