TAKING GOOD CARE
Pan American Highway, Ecuador, Spring — I am driving from Quito to Cuenca, traveling through the high Andes alongside the towering volcano Chimborazo. It’s a peaceful, beautiful mid-day drive with very few people in sight. All of a sudden I spot a young Incan shepherd with a little spring lamb on her back, wrapped like a baby. I pull off the road, leap out of the car, grab my camera, switch to my longest lens, and start shooting as fast as I can. She is walking briskly and everything is in motion, including me, as I try to get just the right composition. I have just a few seconds to try to get this shot, if only I can hold everything steady and in focus. In a flash she has turned her back and disappears up the hill toward her village. The moment is gone. I take some deep breaths, slow my pounding heart, get back in the car and drive on, ready for the next shot.