The area around Quito, Ecuador is known as Volcano Alley, and for good reason. There are about nine volcanoes that can be seen on a really clear day. (How you define volcano may vary, hence there may be some discrepincy in how many you count.) I have slowly gotten photos of several of these volcanoes, but one of them, Cayambe, has eluded me. Part of the problem with having a job I have to go to is that when we have a stunningly clear morning, I can't just up and go to take photos. I have to wait for the stars to align, vacation to coincide, and the weather to cooperate.
A couple of weeks ago I had the chance to participate in a service project near Cayambe. I decided I would bring my camera gear along - just in case.
I was finally rewarded with a clear view of Cayambe! While my resulting image will likely not win any awards, I finally got an image of the volcano. During the more than three years I have lived here, this is one of less than 10 times I have ever had a clear view of Cayambe. Moral of the story - service projects may be rewarding in more ways than one!
I had a similar experience in trying to get an image of Cotopaxi. While I have several more images of Cotopaxi, the below (which took me two and a half years, plus a long trek up the nearby volcanoes of Ilinizas) is one of my all-time favorites.
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