From Flores to Cancun

Guatemala, Belize, Mexico, 31 August 2016

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This follows a journey in two small planes from Flores in Guatemala to Cancun in Mexico via Belize.

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This appears to be a small Mayan Temple from the modern era, in other words a church.

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Soon we were flying over the red lakes of forgotten time in what was once the lands of the Maya and really still is.

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Maybe there was once ancient Mayan irrigation canals here.

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The land underneath started to be hidden by the golden clouds.

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And after a while, Belize City hove into sight.

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Soon we are flying over the Red Sea..

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Many shallow islands below.

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Well, the Caribbean Sea, actually.

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The golden clouds of the late morning.

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Memories of an asteroid crash nearby long ago flashed up…

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… and then faded again quite quickly.

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The weather began to seem almost normal.

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But then, what’s normal anyway.

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The edge of Cancun.

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And yes, that was an infrared post.

Valle de la Luna Monochromes

22nd to 23rd November 2015. Atacama Desert, Northern Chile.

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Links go to posts with the colour versions of the images (where there may also be more information). If an image does not have a link, the preceding one applies.

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Aerial view, between Santiago and Calama.

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San Pedro de Atacama.

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Tulor.

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Pukará de Quitor.

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Valle de la Luna (Moon Valley) Tour.

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Coyote Leap.

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Views from on high.

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Valle de la Luna.

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Valle de la Luna

23rd November 2015. Atacama Desert, Northern Chile.

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This and following posts are from excursions with Cosmo Andino Tours, who offer a great service.  This excursion was to Valle de la Luna (Moon Valley).

 

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Coyote Leap.

I saw the cracks before I ventured there.  I assume from the fact that I’m writing this that I survived the experience.

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Valle de la Luna is about thirteen kilometres west of San Pedro de Atacama.

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It is a part of the Cordillera de la Sal (Salt Mountain Range).

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It is also inside Los Flamencos National Reserve and part of the Atacama Desert.

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Some magnificent viewpoints are available.

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Licancabur volcano, creating the moon in a virtual eruption.

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… and the moon flies away like a balloon.

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Valle de la Luna is comprised of sand, stone and salt. It is a totally arid area without any precipitation.

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The dramatic shapes were created by geological folding under a dry salt lake.

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Colours are heightened by the sunset.

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Tulor and Pukará de Quitor

23rd November 2015. Atacama Desert, Northern Chile.

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In the first morning of my visit to the Atacama Desert, I joined a local archæological tour.

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First we visited the ancient village of Tulor.  As the sign says, the village dates from 800BC to 500AD.

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The area is a desert environment today but would not have been as dry when people lived here.

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We are walking towards a couple of recreated houses.

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Inside, we can see something of the way they were built.

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This woman may have been sitting at the empty fireplace for a very long time.

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View through the door (as the guide was trying to hurry me on).

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Remains of the actual dwellings.  The village was at an oasis and was abandoned when the oasis dried up.  It is not well protected and is slowly eroding away.

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I think this is a llama (rather than an alpaca).  In the oasis near our next destination.

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And that is Pukará de Quitor, which the Spanish conquistadors besieged and took in 1540.

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The fortress was built around 1200 by the Atacameño people, who occupied the land from around 8,000BC.

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The Tiwanaka people were overlords from 400 to 1000AD and the Incas shortly before the Spanish Conquest.

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As you can see, it it a large fortification, protected by a gorge on the other side.  The Spanish took it with the aid of Yanacona Indians.  They then executed 300 of the local defenders and displayed the heads on poles.  At that time, it became known as “the City of the Heads”.

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The oasis it was built beside is still there.

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San Pedro de Atacama

21st to 22nd November 2015. Atacama Desert, Northern Chile.

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I am now completing posting of my 2015 trip to Mauritius, Reunion, Madagascar, Falkland Islands, South Georgia and Atacama Desert with final posts on the Atacama Desert.  You can find other posts on this expedition from the itinerary here.

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While this post is about my arrival in San Pedro de Atacama, the first few images are from the plane the previous day.  This one is from the southern coast of Chile or even the Straits of Magellan.  There are houses on the peninsula in the foreground.

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Sunset over a sea of clouds.

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We are now in the following day, on the flight between Santiago and Calama.  Note the huge volcanic crater at bottom left.

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Another view over the Atacama desert.  This is contiguous with the next image but the viewpoint has changed so I can’t align them.

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The Atacama Desert is the driest desert in the world and may also be the oldest, yet humans have lived here based around rivers and oases for 9,000 years.

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A couple of guanacos at the side of the road (I am now in the bus from Calama Airport to San Pedro de Atacama).

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Neighbouring house with satellite dish.

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This is the far end of the main street at San Pedro de Atacama.

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Turning back and walking in the other direction….

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San Pedro de Atacama is the launch pad for exploring the region, with 5,000 permanent inhabitants and at 2,400 meters (8,000 feet).  It was part of Bolivia until Bolivia lost its sea coast after the War of the Pacific in 1879 to 1884.

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Abstract Australia Monochromes

18 January 2018, over Australia.

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This is the first of a series of posts on monochrome conversions of images from the Ladakh trip.

These images are monochrome conversions of some of the images from the Abstract Australia post, taken from the air, mainly over Central Australia.

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Abstract Australia

18 January 2018, Over Australia and Singapore

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This is the first post of my recent Ladakh trip.  I will maintain a list of links to these posts in the Ladakh Itinerary post.

We took off for Singapore from Canberra via Sydney.  We were on a new Singapore Airlines jet and I had a window seat from Sydney.  Usually, you look out the window occasionally and are surprised as to where you are.  In this case though, I had a potentially 360 degree external view on the console on the back of the next seat, so I was able to keep an eye on that and see where interesting views might be cominbg up.

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This is Lake Burragorang, in the lower Blue Mountains west of Sydney.  It is a man-made lake forming part of Sydney’s water supply and the water is held back by Warragamba Dam.

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An hour and a quarter later, we are over South Australia and there are salt lake beds out the window.

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I can’t tell you with any accuracy where the views are but the plane flew along a line between Lake Torrens and Lake Eyre.

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(If you’re on a PC, click on any of these to see them larger).

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It’s an hour and twenty minutes since the last image and we are now over Western Australia.

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Clouds and shadows.

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Probably farmland.  There are some roads now.

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This is the coast of Western Australia just south of Port Hedland.

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Nearly three hours later now.  Not much to photograph over the Indian Ocean and then the clouds were often too thick to see through.  This is the coast of Sumatra.

 

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Islands between Sumatra and Singapore, likely part of Indonesia.

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Perhaps this one is part of Singapore.

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Ships waiting to dock at Singapore.

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Singapore.

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