Hi-Def Pics – One place I really want to go: Machu Picchu, Peru

The ruins of Machu Picchu, October 14, 2008. Constructed around 1460, overlooked by Spanish conquerors, and rediscovered by the West in 1911, the treasured site is visited by over 400,000 travelers every year. ( Gary Noel)

The ruins of Machu Picchu from the Sun Gate, October 13, 2008. ( Gary Noel)

Closer view of more ruins along the trail to Machu Picchu, October 12, 2008. ( Gary Noel)

The Llactapata Ruins along the Inca Trail, four kilometers west of Machu Picchu, seen on October 10, 2008. ( Gary Noel)

Llactapata steps, part of a complex of ruins related to Machu Picchu along the Inca Trail. Photo taken October 10, 2008. ( Gary Noel)

Huayna Picchu (mountain at center) towers above this view of the ruins of Machu Picchu, in the Peruvian Andes, seen on October 13, 2008 ( Gary Noel)

View of snowcapped mountains along the Inca trail, October 10, 2008. ( Gary Noel)

Local Peruvian boys taking part in a parade in Cuzco on October 8, 2008. ( Gary Noel)

An Alpaca encountered along the Inca Trail, October 11, 2008. ( Gary Noel) Courtesy of the Boston Globe

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Brightly Embroidered Temari Balls Are a Kaleidoscope of Geometric Design

A form of ancient Japanese folk art, temari balls are brightly colored pieces of needlework covered with elaborate patterns. In the Edo period, aristocratic women created temari balls using pieces of silk from spare kimonos in a challenge toward perfection. To a wider public, they became a sensation several years ago after a 92-year-old grandmother’s temari collection went viral.

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January 19, 2017

Adorable Animals Frolic in Snow as Oregon Zoo Is Closed Due to Weather

We may be only about a month into winter, but Portland, Oregon has already seen enough snowfall to satisfy the entire season. During what has been described as a miserable few weeks laced with storms, snow days, and sub-zero temperatures, many of the City of Roses’ residents have opted to keep warm by staying indoors or bundling up before braving the cold. Though the winter blues are normal, not all Oregonians are sick of the snow.

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