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Losing "The Lost City"

My Photo scholarship 2010 entry

Peru | Thursday, 30 September 2010 | 5 photos

Losing "The Lost City of the Inca"
There’s no expiration on dreams. I still dream the dreams of my youth, except they’re now more focused and about contributing rather than compensation. Retirement has given me renewed energy and the time to explore the geographic and cultural world. Life-experience has expanded my wisdom, insight and sensitivity, while aspirations of world travel have guided me across six continents. Life is rich, more meaningful and more enjoyable than ever.

The World Nomad scholarship appeals to me, not only as a learning experience, but as opportunity to share my vision and enthusiasm for life with a wider audience. When traveling, I’m drawn to cultural landscapes. I look for images of strength, pride and spirit, showing diverse expressions of human commonality. I have the ability, knowledge and artistry to represent World Nomad well, and to meet the scholarship’s challenges. As a youthful and fit 68-year-old, selecting me for the World Nomad scholarship will remind young and old, there’s no age limit on dreaming or living one’s dreams.

My photo-story is about "The Lost City of the Inca," Machu Picchu, Peru. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983, and voted one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in a 2007 worldwide poll, Machu Picchu is one of the world’s most iconic sites. It’s also an important contributor to Peru’s economy, drawing as many as 400,000 visitors each year. People come because they see it as a sacred place for spiritual pilgrimage, or a unique adventure and page for the scrap book. Regardless of motivations, the greatest threat to Machu Picchu is its popularity. Like other endangered sites throughout the world, Machu Picchu is at risk of being loved to death.

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