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Grandma Grinds The Grains, Uros Island, Titicaca Lake

Lake Titicaca is the world's highest lake navigable to large vessels, lying at 12,500 feet (3,810 m) above sea level in the Andes Mountains of South America, astride the border between Peru to the west and Bolivia to the east. Titicaca is the second largest lake of South America (after Maracaibo). The remnants of an ancient people, the Uru, still live on floating mats of dried totora (a reedlike papyrus that grows in dense brakes in the marshy shallows) on floatings islands of Uro which are about 17. From the totora, the Uru and other lake dwellers make their famed balsas--boats fashioned of bundles of dried reeds lashed together that resemble the crescent-shaped papyrus craft pictured on ancient Egyptian monuments.

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Dan Spendolini13-Oct-2010 00:54
Beautiful color and textures. Great composition. V
Pentti Kyyronen25-Nov-2009 06:48
A very tender image, the ancient traditions are passed on forward to younger generations by grandmas! V
Ann Cleeves17-Jun-2007 14:25
Lovely shot...these people dress very colourfully & make wonderful subjects for pictures.