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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Monochromes Over Africa and the Andes

30th to 31st October 2015. Abu Dhabi to Sao Paulo to Santiago, Chile to Punta Arena and the Straits of Magellan (by air).

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This is the first of three posts of monochrome conversions from the Falklands and of the journey there.  This one is aerial shots from Abu Dhabi to the Falklands, part of my epic transfer from Antananariva.  There are colour versions of these images in earlier blog posts.  Following the three posts we journey to South Georgia.

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Abu Dhabi Control Tower.

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Probably Sudan or South Sudan.

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This image and the next two are probably near the coast of Gabon ot Congo Brazzaville.

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Descabezado Grande Volcano in the Maule region of Central Chile.

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Lanín, an ice-clad stratovolcano on the border of Chile and Argentina.

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Southern Chile.

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Southern Chile.

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Mount Fitzroy.

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Southern Patagonia Icefields and Glaciar Viedma leading to Lago Viedma.

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Somewhere just north of Punta Arenas.

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Choiseul Sound area, just south of Mount Pleasant Airfield.

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As above.

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In the plane from Mount Pleasant to Pebble Island.

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The barren highlands of East Falklands.

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Pebble Island to Sea Lion Island

3rd November 2015. Falkland Islands.

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At 11am I flew from Pebble Island to Sea Lion Island in the same light plane that previously took me to Pebble Island.

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If you look carefully you may be able to see the airfield, both along the isthmus and across it.  This is where a SAS raid destroyed the Argentine aircraft on the ground in 1982.

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Moving a bit to the right, there is the edge of the settlement at bottom right under the watermark.

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The large building is the main house where I stayed.

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Moving further along, this is the wharf and the old farm buildings.

The following five images are islets between Pebble Island and West Falkland.

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Brocken Island and subsidiary islets.

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At the east end of East Island.

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Same location, different view.

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Small islands off River Island.

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Probably the east coast of River Island.

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Flying over the barren hinterlands of West Falkland.

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On the east coast of West Falkland, this is Port Howard, the most massive metropolis in West Falkland, with twenty inhabitants and centre of a farm with over 40,000 sheep.

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Still Port Howard, from a different perspective as we fly south west.

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Falkland Sound in the foreground and the cliffs that protest Port Howard from the East.

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Further back and now we can see the Hornby Mountains behind and the weather is closing in.

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Now we can see the entrance to Port Howard Inlet.

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This is now the west coast of East Falkland, Long Point from over Egg Harbour.

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A bit further on, looking back towards the southern edge of Egg Harbour.

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A river in the centre of East Falkland.

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There are many small lakes in the centre of East Falkland.  I know where this is, but can’t supply a name.

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At the far end of Adventure Sound.

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This is at the Bay of Harbours, at the south coast of East Falkland, just to the east of Cow Point.  I don’t have a shot coming in to Sea Lion Island, further south.  It must have been too cloudy there.

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Over the Falklands

31st October 2015. Falkland Islands (by air).

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This post continues my epic 55-hour transfer from Madagascar to the Falkland Islands, in this case in the air over the Falklands.

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The first few images are on the flight from Santiago, but just the part over the Falklands, flying east and a little north from Punta Arenas.  This appears to be Big Samuel Island, near the mouth of Choiseul Sound, not far from Mount Pleasant Airfield.  The clouds have probably just cleared to allow me a view through or we are coming in lower below some of the clouds prior to landing.

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 I think the “mainland” here is Johnson’s Island in Mare Harbour, on the north side of  Choiseul Sound and just south of Mount Pleasant Airfield

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This image and the next two are taken near the previous one but I can’t precisely identify the locations.

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There are many islands in the Falklands group but the two main islands are West and East Falkland Islands, separated by a deep channel.  East Falkland in turn is almost separated into two islands, but connected by an isthmus.  Choiseul Sound is the western of the two passages of water that almost separates that island.

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We had a wait of an hour or so when we arrived at Mount Pleasant, the international airport of the Falkland Islands, because they were overwhelmed with two planeloads of passengers arriving simultaneously.  When through that, I was able to transfer to the domestic airport and board a tiny plane to fly to Pebble Island.  Because the plane is so small, there are very strict limits for weight and excess baggage.

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The barren highlands of East Falklands.

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Looking down…

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This is now the coast of East Falkland Island, looking out the left side of the aircraft.  We are looking at Terra Motas Point (at the end of the long peninsula) and in the distance though to Brenton Loch.  This leads to the isthmus with the tiny settlements of Darwin and Goose Green, where East Falkland almost separates into two islands.  This was the site of a major battle in the Falklands War.

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Continuing along the coast.  This and the next image follow on from the previous one.

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This is the strait separating Pebble Island from West Falkland Island.  You can see the strength of the current flowing through.  This was taken from the right side of the aircraft (I was able to photograph out either side).

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And this is the small plane that flew me to Pebble Island (other people in the plane had other island destinations).

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Over the Andes

31st October 2015. Santiago, Chile to Punta Arena and the Straits of Magellan (by air).

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After a brief three-hour nap in a Santiago hotel close to the Airport, I resumed my 55-hour transfer from Antananrivo in Madagascar to the Falkland Islands. I am flying the length of the Andes and very fortunate in both the weather and in having a window seat on the left hand side of the plane.

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Aerial Photography, Andes, Chile, Glacier, Landscape, Mountains, Photography, Punta Arenas, Santiago, seascape, Travel

Santiago is in a bowl, surrounded by high mountains, which also makes it subject to pollution.  These are some of the mountains to the east of Santiago near dawn.

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Initially it was clear, apart from cloud on distant mountains.

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Aerial Photography, Andes, Chile, Glacier, Landscape, Mountains, Photography, Punta Arenas, Santiago, seascape, Travel

This volcano is Descabezado Grande in the Maule region of Central Chile, nearly 4,000 metres tall and about 200 km south of Santiago.  Descabezado means “headless” in Spanish, which refers to the flat top.

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This is Lanín, an ice-clad stratovolcano on the border of Chile and Argentina.  Lago Huechulafquen is the lake behind.  Lanín is the symbol of the Argentinian province of Nequén.

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This is probably somewhere in Aysen Province in Chilean Patagonia.  I can’t identify this location through Google Earth.  In general terms,  there’s a point going South on the coast of Chile where there is a mass of islands off the coast separated by channels (sounds?, fjords?).  This is on the mainland from there, looking east at the Andes.

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This and following images show mighty mountains peeking above the clouds.

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A very distinctive river delta here below the clouds.  I thought I might be able to identify it on Google Earth but no, the topography in the general area is much too convoluted.   Perhaps a flood may have changed it too since the last Google Earth photo.

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Aerial Photography, Andes, Chile, Glacier, Landscape, Mountains, Photography, Punta Arenas, Santiago, seascape, Travel

Perhaps Rio Baker in Captán Prat Province but that’s just a guess.

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Aerial Photography, Andes, Chile, Glacier, Landscape, Mountains, Photography, Punta Arenas, Santiago, seascape, Travel

OK.  I know where we are now. In the distance is Lago O’Higgins (Chilean half)/ Lago San Martin (Argentinian half), just north of where I went in Argentinian Patagonia in 2010.

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Lago O’Higgins/ Lago San Martin again, closer up.

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Here is the ice shelf just north of Mount Fitzroy.

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And here is Mount Fitzroy.  There are a couple of views from land in my 2010 trip in this post (and also the post before).

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Mount Fitzroy, again.

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Aerial Photography, Andes, Chile, Glacier, Landscape, Mountains, Photography, Punta Arenas, Santiago, seascape, Travel

Southerrn Patagonia Icefields and Glaciar Viedma leading to Lago Viedma.  There are some distant glimpses of the glacier in this 2010 post when I was staying at Estancia Helsingfors on the shores of Lago Viedma, and some of Mount Fitroy on the previous post.

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A closer view of Glaciar Viedma.

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By now, all the people seated on the right side of the plane had gotten up and stood in the aisle, admiring the spectacular views.

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On the left is Glaciar Upsala, flowing into Braza Upsala, an arm of Lago Argentina.

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This image and the next one are at branches further south of Lago Argentina.

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This image and the next one, both mysterious, are somewhere just north of Punta Arenas.

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Aerial Photography, Andes, Chile, Glacier, Landscape, Mountains, Photography, Punta Arenas, Santiago, seascape, Travel

A wreck, probably in the Straits of Magellen.

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Aerial Photography, Andes, Chile, Glacier, Landscape, Mountains, Photography, Punta Arenas, Santiago, seascape, Travel

Still in South America, somewhere between Punta Arenas and the Falklands, not sure exactly where.

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