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Just sitting here and waiting…

Just sitting here and waiting for the Milky Way to rise... got to this hidden arch and I was actually surprised at how many footprints there are... 2 years ago when I originally hunter it down, I saw no footprints whatsoever... it was bound to happen, I suppose! Can’t wait to see the stars rise over this beautiful piece of art! —— . . . . . #herwanderfullife #womenwhohike #womenwhoexplore #outdoorwomen #wildernessbabes #wildernessculture #narcissisticnomad #andshesdopetoo #adventuregirls #theoutbound #outdoorsupply #backcountrycom #mountaingirls #radgirlscollective #adventureismydrug #adventureofalifetime #adventurecollective #adventureawaits #whatsyour20 #optoutside #rei1440project #seetheworld #livealifeworthliving #weliveweexplore #getoutside #alpinebabes #likeamountaingirl #campingofficial #traveling_the_blue_planet

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I really fought through a…

I really fought through a lot to get this photo. From my group being delayed to the point that only three of us made it to these ruins that day, to the clouds in the sky, the light pollution from Aguas Calientes nearby, and the moon rising on the coat tails of the Milky Way that night. - This was exactly one week ago when I was down in Peru hiking the Inca Trail. I knew I wouldn’t be able to shoot the Milky Way at the famous Machu Picchu, but I was determined to shoot it over some ruins while on trail.. - I only had one night when I was there, (Friday night) when the Milky Way would rise 45 minutes before the nearly full moon. Friday night I researched we were camping RIGHT next to the ruins, Winay Wayna which means Forever Young.. Just as everything I read mentioned, these ruins were empty due to everyone being exhausted by the time they hit the last campground before Machu Picchu.. I ran to our campsite to drop off my bag and gear and grabbed two friends and a porter and made it right before 6pm which is when they close for the evening.. - It wouldn’t be till midnight when the galactic core would rise above the mountains behind the ruins.. Since we had to wake up at 3am to break camp, I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to get to these ruins that night.. I slept for 2 hours, then Rene and I walked 10 minutes to the ruins and quietly snuck in as the gate was still open. - I didn’t have a ton of time because clouds were rolling in so I got this one comp w/ 10 images for the sky and 5 images for the foreground... I never saw the core on the entire trip which is a bummer but to shoot the stars in such a beautiful &historic place was an absolute honor.... you can see the southern cross in the top right again; just wish the sky had come out better! thank you to the staff of @valenciatravelcusco for making this a reality! - Sky 10 Stacked in SLS for NR ISO 6400 F2.8 13 seconds - Foreground 5 stacked in SLS for NR ISO 6400 F2.8 45 seconds —— @tokinausa 16-28 @ 16 @slikusa CF522-lite @canonusa 6dmk1 —— #tracylee #slikusa #canonusa #tokinausa #canonbringit #teamcanon #teamtokina #epicjourneycontest #sliktripods #machupicchu #incatrail #cuscoperu

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As if hiking the Inca…

As if hiking the Inca trail wasn’t enough, we hiked to the top of Wayna (Huayna) Picchu once we got to Machu Picchu (that’s it in the background!)... I about died; the stairs are known as the “Stairs of Death”!! Lol —- Thanks to @NeilHogue over at @HogueKnives & @HogueInc for my new blade (seen here cutting my Apple)... it was very helpful to me on this trip and I appreciate it so much!!!! —— . . . . . #herwanderfullife #womenwhohike #womenwhoexplore #outdoorwomen #wildernessbabes #wildernessculture #narcissisticnomad #andshesdopetoo #adventuregirls #theoutbound #outdoorsupply #backcountrycom #mountaingirls #radgirlscollective #adventureismydrug #adventureofalifetime #adventurecollective #adventureawaits #whatsyour20 #optoutside #rei1440project #seetheworld #livealifeworthliving #weliveweexplore #getoutside #alpinebabes #likeamountaingirl #campingofficial #radgirlslife

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I’m leaving again in a…

I’m leaving again in a couple days got another adventure... but I’m obsessed... still can’t stop thinking about this wonderful journey to Peru I finished only a mere few days ago... the people were so wonderful, the food so delectable, the country itself?? Just absolutely breathtaking... —— I’m wondering when I can go on my next bucket list journey to see more wonderful places and take more beautiful photos.. I always thought I had the travel bug having been to like 26 countries already but this one really lit a fire under me this time! There’s a hunger that needs feeding!! Lol —— Geared up by @knoxxgear & @virusintl —— . . . . . #travelblogger #travelphotography #travelholic #travelling #traveler #traveller #travelguide #travelers #travels #travelbag #travelgram #travelbug #travelphotographer #travelpic #travelporn #travelpassion #travelpics #travelpicture #travelpost #travelpicsdaily #travelpictures #travelpix #travelingram #travelcaptures #travel_captures #machupicchu #incatrail #incanruins #cusco #peru

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Watch the full tour of…

Watch the full tour of my sleep capsule from Sunday night through the YouTube link on my profile... I got a real kick out of this experience! Lol.. for those of you who travel, you probably would too! Ps: I didn’t really toss and turn like that, I just thought it would be funny... —— . . . . . #phototravel #phototraveling #photographer #photographers #photolife #lifeofatraveler #adventurelife #adventurelovers #adventurer #adventuring #adventurous #adventures #adventuring #adventurevisuals #adventureculture #adventurehunt #adventureisoutthere #adventurethatislife #adventureseeker #adventureclub #adventurealways #adventureawaits #adventurealliance #adventureanywhere #adventureaddict #adventuregram #adventurepic #capsulehotel #podhotel #sleeppod #izzzleep

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So on my way home…

So on my way home from Peru I had an over night layover in Mexico City... So I rented a pod in the airport to sleep in... I felt like I was sleeping at a Star Wars hotel or Star Trek or something... video coming soon!! —— . . . . . #phototravel #phototraveling #photographer #photographers #photolife #lifeofatraveler #adventurelife #adventurelovers #adventurer #adventuring #adventurous #adventures #adventuring #adventurevisuals #adventureculture #adventurehunt #adventureisoutthere #adventurethatislife #adventureseeker #adventureclub #adventurealways #adventureawaits #adventurealliance #adventureanywhere #adventureaddict #adventuregram #adventurepic #adventure_culture #adventuretrip #adventuregirl #adventuregirls

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Hiking the Inca Trail with…

Hiking the Inca Trail with all its history and culture was amazing... sitting on the Inca Trail with new friends under the stars was breathtaking!! We took these on Thursday night of our trek which was Day 2 for us... 7 others joined me, 3 from our group and 4 of the staff to lay down on the path and look up at the stars... While the skies were mostly clear, massive lightning storms could be seen by their flashes of light behind mountains in two different directions.. Thank you to Alex and Rene of @ValenciaTravelCusco for making my photography a priority like they did... shooting the night sky on the trek was VERY important to me so therefore they made it important to them... it only seems right as the Incan people used the sun and the stars in the way they built their buildings and temples... thank you also @ac8c @alecarreras and our new friend, Michael for joining me that night! —- if you want information on how I shot this image, please head to @tracyleephotos and read about it! —— #tracylee #tracyguns #tracyleephoto #tracyleephotos #mstracylee #tracyleephotography #limaperu #livealifeworthliving #livelifelove #livelifetothefullest #livelife #adventureismydrug #adventureislife #adventuretime #adventurelife #adventureofalifetime #cuscoperu #machupicchu #girlstrip #valenciatravel #valenciatravelcusco #winaywayna

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Shooting the stars on the…

Shooting the stars on the Inca Trail was of high priority to me, but unfortunately the almost full moon was in the rising Milky Way galactic center every night on trail except my last night; even then it was chasing her by 30 minutes.. in spite of that, I dragged friends and staff out every single night to shoot and PRAYED that the clouds would stay back.. As far as I’d seen and been told, the clouds are a prominent feature of the Andes Mountains, especially in areas dubbed “The Cloud Forest”... —- This shot was taken directly on the Inca Trail outside of our camp after the hardest day of hiking up to 14k ft; I can’t believe that 8 of us were up for this side adventure after the difficulty of the day.. —— The Inca Trail lined up with where the Milky Way would be rising as well as the waterfall, so I set up here and started focusing while everyone else laid on their backs on the stones of the world famous pathway.. We stared at the most stars I had ever seen; The lack of light pollution made it possible to see an INSANE amount of stars! Periodically we saw flashes of light from 2 different directions from two different storms; it stayed cloudless for over an hour where we were!! —- I was really excited to see a different night sky than I am used to as well... while this shot doesn’t have the Galactic Center in it, the appearance of the southern cross above the horizon and this end of the MW was an absolute treat! What an epic adventure!!! —— This is 10 images stacked for the sky, and 5 long exposure images for the foreground.. we used a Lumecube.com/160.html (use code TRACYLEE for free US shipping) to light up the tree and people for the portraits I also shot of my friends... ——- Foreground 5 images stacked in PS for NR ISO 6400 F2.8 4 minutes - Sky and trees 10 images stacked in SLS for NR ISO 6400 F2.8 15 seconds —— Processed in LR & PS @tokinausa 16-28 at 16mm @slikusa CF-522 lite @canonusa 6DMK1 —— #tracylee #tracyleephotos #tracyleephotography #slikusa #canonusa #tokinausa #canonbringit #teamcanon #teamtokina #teamslik #shootslik #sliktripods #amazingearth #natgeo #litbylume #lumecube #capture4cubes #machupicchu #incatrail #cuscoperu #epicjourneycontest

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This ruin right here was…

This ruin right here was my ultimate destination on trail... and other than 3 other people with me, I had the entire place to myself... Winay Wayna or “Forever Young” is a short walk from the final night’s camp location and I rushed to make it here after a 9 mile tough hike down some very steep stairs... this is at least 4 miles from Machu Picchu and not a ruin that many visit from either side... most coming off the Inca Trail are too tired to take the extra walk once they get to camp, and the stairs coming from Machu Picchu are pretty intense so most never make it past the Sun Gate... most also don’t really know of this location’s existence because it doesn’t make it on to social media... I wanted to shoot the stars here that night and I also was just enthralled with the vastness of this ruin that was so intact and so untraveled... —— In discussing the trip with my friends this morning, we all agree, it’s the Journey, not the destination and the journey to Machu Picchu was so incredibly gorgeous and memorable that arriving to Peru’s Disneyland was actually somewhat of a disappointment... it was Machu Picchu that drew me to Peru, but it was the rest of my adventures that made me fall in love... —— please check out @valenciatravelcusco if you want to do the trail (which i would suggest 150 times out of 100 rather than taking the bus to Machu Picchu). They didn’t pay me to say that, I paid for my entire trip.. they were just that great of a tour company; the staff and food were a vip experience I didn’t expect!! In fact, we loved our porters so much all 16 in our group overtipped, and donated tons of gear and clothes to them to try and hopefully help out their families and make their treks easier.... —— . . . . . #herwanderfullife #womenwhohike #womenwhoexplore #outdoorwomen #wildernessbabes #wildernessculture #narcissisticnomad #andshesdopetoo #adventuregirls #theoutbound #outdoorsupply #backcountrycom #mountaingirls #radgirlscollective #adventureismydrug #adventureofalifetime #adventurecollective #adventureawaits #whatsyour20 #optoutside #rei1440project #machupicchu #cuscoperu #peru #winaywayna #incatrail #cuzco #rainbowmountain

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I made it!!!! 26 miles…

I made it!!!! 26 miles of Inca trail in some extremely rough terrain in all different climates and elevations between 7k ft and 14k ft... I felt like I wanted to die in some places along it but my mind kept me going when my body wasn’t keeping up... there’s NO way I could have done this trek without the staff and help of @ValenciaTravelCusco... from the porters who carried our gear, the cooks that prepared incredible meals, and the guides that catered to our every need.. it was way over the top to what I’m used to when it comes to backpacking, but it was truly a VIP experience... —— 12 of us in our group, plus 4 more we didn’t know made the trekkers a FUN group of 16... I got to do my favorite EVERY night, shoot the stars thanks to our guide, Alex making sure that it happened, including 2 nights shooting in Inca ruins and 1 night on the actual Inca Trail along the way...... thank you also to @roxannelavin for planning and putting the group together!!! Sorry guys; you’re gonna see a lot of Peru photos in the next couple week... —— Thank you @alecarreras for the photo! —— . . . . . #herwanderfullife #womenwhohike #womenwhoexplore #outdoorwomen #wildernessbabes #wildernessculture #narcissisticnomad #andshesdopetoo #adventuregirls #theoutbound #outdoorsupply #backcountrycom #mountaingirls #radgirlscollective #adventureismydrug #adventureofalifetime #adventurecollective #adventureawaits #whatsyour20 #optoutside #rei1440project #seetheworld #livealifeworthliving #weliveweexplore #getoutside #alpinebabes #likeamountaingirl #campingofficial #traveling_the_blue_planet

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