Saturday, March 13, 2010

Happy St. Patrick's Day!


Being married to a man with Irish roots, I quickly learned the importance of the annual Irish tradition of drinking at least one green beer on St Patrick's Day.
Last year at this time, we were in Cusco, Peru. Early in the evening on March 17th, we set out walking the streets of Cusco in search of an Irish Pub. Who would have guessed we would have encountered not one, but THREE Irish bars, 11,000 feet high and so far from the Emerald Isle?!
We chose Rosey O'Grady's Irish Pub where we were rewarded with not just ANY green beer, but a tall glass of Cerveza Cusqueña. The other 364 days of the year, this beer is referred to as "The Gold of the Incas," but not on this day- it was flowing as green as any St. Paddy's Day beer we have ever seen!
The irony of green beer in a Peruvian beer bottle humored me, proving the old saying that "Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick's Day!" So, I opened my 24-105mm lens to 5.6 and increased my ISO to 6400 in order to achieve the shutter speed needed to capture the pour of our first ever Peruvian-Irish beer.

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