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

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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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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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A wreck, probably in the Straits of Magellen.

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

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Atacama 2

25th to 26th November 2015. Atacama Desert, Northern Chile. Temporary post. Images only. Minimal descriptions for images.

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Laguna Chaxa

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Laguna Chaxa

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Laguna Chaxa

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Salar de Talar or Aguas Calientes or Piedras Rojas

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Salar de Talar or Aguas Calientes or Piedras Rojas

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Laguna Miscanti

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Laguna Miscanti

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Laguna Miñiques

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Toconao

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The Moai

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Lago de Tara

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Salar de Tara

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Salar de Tara

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Salar de Tara

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Salar de Tara

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Salar de Tara

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This is the last temporary post from the Atacama Desert and also from my trip to Mauritius, Reunion, Madagascar, Falklands, South Georgia and Atacama.  I will eventually put up permanent posts with more images and information but it will take some time.

I am currently working on images from the Narooma Blues Festival from before I left and will post on that next.  Then I will post on Iceland from my trip there in 2013.  I will also be photographing at the Thredbo Blues Festival in January so there will be a post for that.  After finishing Iceland posts, I will be posting on the Madagascar/ South Georgia trip.  All of that will take about six months to complete and longer if I am tempted by another trip somewhere in that period.

Atacama 1

22nd to 24th November 2015. Atacama Desert, Northern Chile. Temporary post. Images only. Minimal descriptions for images.

As always, you can click on an image for a larger view….

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View from plane, near Calama

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Main street, San Pedro de Atacama

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Tulor

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Pukará de Quitor

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Coyote Leap

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Licancabur Volcano, Valee de la Luna

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Valee de la Luna

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Tatio

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Tatio

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Tatio

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Cactus Canyon

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Cordillera de la Costa

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Laguna Tebenquiche

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Journey to Madagascar and South Georgia Island – Itinerary and Links to Posts

5 October to 28 November 2015

(Also see Summary and Maps).

First posts:

 

All Posts:

Mauritius (6th to 10th October)

 

Reunion (10th to 14th October)

 

Madagascar (14th to 29th October)

 

Falkland Islands (31st October to November 7th)

Temporary posts below…

South Georgia Island (7th to 21st November)

Atacama Desert (22nd to 27th November)

Journey to Madagascar and South Georgia Island – Summary and Maps

5 October to 28 November 2015

(Also see Itinerary and Links to Posts (at this stage, a forthcoming post)).

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On 5 October, immediately after covering the Narooma Blues Festival, I am heading off westwards around the southern hemisphere for nearly two months.

From Canberra, with stop-offs in Melbourne and Kuala Lumpur, my first destination is Mauritius for three days.  From there I fly to the nearby island of Reunion for three days.  Next is a two-week wildlife tour in Madagascar, organised by Naturescapes.net.  Then I fly with stopoffs in Johannesburg, Abu Dhabi, Sao Paulo, Santiago (overnight) and Punta Arenas to the Falkland Islands for two weeks.  From there I go on a two-week cruise to South Georgia Island organised by Joshua Holko.  After returning to the Falklands, I fly via Rio Gallegos, Punta Arenas and Santiago to the Atacama Desert for a week.  Finally, after all that I return to Canberra via Sydney.

The trip started with signing up for South Georgia.  Then I realised that there was an opportunity in Madagascar that would fit in logistically and the other destinations followed in due course.

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First stop is Mauritius and I have various routes planned on my car GPS.  I may abandon destinations or include others according to local advice and the logistics of travel.  Mauritius is fairly densely populated and there are lots of luxury hotels on the west coast and the north west coast.  I am avoiding those and staying in Mahebourg, the original capital.  Among my potential destinations is Ile aux Aigrettes (wildlife reserve), Morne Brabant (peninsula with history), Black River Gorges National Park, Valee des Colours (coloured sands), Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanic Gardens and some white sand beaches.

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I will fly in to Sainte Pierre in the south of Reunion and fly out from Saint Denis in the north.  Reunion has much more intact wilderness than Mauritius.  I will stay in different locations on each of my four nights. Two of them are in cirques, craters of different volcanoes.  There is also another cirque with villages but no road access.  I will not have enough time to visit that one, though I intend to go to a lookout above it at dawn.  Reunion also has an active volcano, Piton de la Fournais, which has erupted twice this year so there is a small chance it may be erupting while I am there.  This might be good if I can get images, or not so good if it disrupts transport.

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This map shows Madagascar as well as the nearby islands of Mauritius and Reunion.   Although humans have created much environmental devastation in Madagascar, it remains one of the world’s primary centres of ecological uniqueness and diversity.  This applies both for plants and animals, including boabs, lemurs and chameleons.  For more details on the schedule and some of the life we are likely to encounter, see the workshop summary on the Naturescapes site.

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There is only one flight a week into the Falklands, from Santiago and Puntas Arenas in Chile.  There was just enough time between the Madagascar workshop and the South Georgia cruise for a week in the Falklands.  I will be spending most of that on two remote islands, Pebble Island and Sea Lion Island. This was organised for me by Falkland Island Holidays.  The Falklands are another wild location replete with wildlife in the form of sea birds and marine mammals.  I also have thirteen previous posts in the Falklands of excursions off the ship, from my Antarctic expedition in 2011.

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South Georgia Island is where Shackleton travelled to from Elephant Island in a lifeboat in 1916, across 720 nautical miles of stormy seas.  They landed on the south side of the island and then had to climb over the mountains to reach the supplies in the British base on the other side.  It is a spectacular location with towering mountains, dramatic landscapes and remains of a whaling station.  There are hundreds of thousands of king penguins there, many other bird species, seals and whales.

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Finally, in the Atacama Desert in Northern Chile I expect to find a great variety of arid landscapes and wildlife including flamingos.  Those black lines on the map are national borders; Bolivia to the north-west and Argentina to the south-west.

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I will definitely have no internet access in the cruise to South Georgia and in many other places, even if I do have access, it may not work very well.  Often I may not have time to post anyway so posts are likely to be infrequent until I return.

 

 

19th April: Santiago

It wasn’t on our original itinerary but due to a changed plane flight we had a day in Santiago, Chile, before flying to Easter island.

Santiago

Santiago is very old.  The city was founded in 1541 and before that the region was part of the Inca empire.  It is also a very large city with six million people.  It is in a valley and thermal inversion makes pollution a big problem, especially in winter.  It was apparently rated eighth most polluted city in the world about 10 years ago.  Perhaps the problem is particularly acute in winter because the pollution didn’t seem that bad while we were there.  Santiago seemed to me a much friendlier city than Buenos Aires though several people on the street did warn me (in English) to keep a good hold on my camera.

We wasted a lot of time by getting on a “tourist bus” around time which it turns out takes you to “special places of interest” such as shopping centres.  We did go up a finicular to the top of a hill with a commanding view over the city (as well as catholic shrines on the top) but the cable car to the attendant botanical gardens was closed.

A section of the city

Our main objective for the day was the Museum of PreColumbian Art but our route was back-to-front and since we had difficulty finding it, we had little time left when we got there.  It was very special, though, and since they allow photography without flash I can show you some of the items on display.  Unfortunately  I didn’t also photograph the display captions so I can’t provide any details of their historical and cultural context.  If anyone knowledgable is reading this blog, feel free to comment.

A powerful image from another era

Delicate lacework with eerie faces

A very human face from a different culture