Laguna Tebenquiche Monochromes

23rd to 24th November 2015. Tatio, Laguna Tebenquiche and Laguna Chaxa, 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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El Tatio.

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Cacti Canyon.

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Cordillera de la Costa.

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Laguna Tebenquiche.

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Laguna Chaxa.

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There’s something very perverse about flamingos in monochrome.

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Cacti Canyon

24th November 2015. Atacama Desert, Northern Chile.

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This afternoon, we headed off towards Laguna Cejar.  You’ll see that in the next post.  This post comprises images from the journey there.

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Here we have two vicuñas near the side of the road, from the bus window.

Vicuñas were protected under the Incas but after then, hunting reduced the population to 6,000.  Now they’re protected again and the population is up to 350,000.  Their wool is even more valuable than that of alpacas, so to discourage poaching they are caught each year, shorn and released again.  Vicuñas are coloured as you see whereas guanacos (the other wild South American camelid) are variable in colour and have larger rounded ears rather than small pointed ones.

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The colours would be enhanced at sunrise and sunset, but the Atacama Desert landscapes are still majestic.

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We stopped at a village and this is a llama belonging to one of the villagers.

You can tell it’s not a wild vicuña or guanaco because they’re not very skilled at tying ribbons.  Alpacas are about half the size of the llama and have much finer wool.  They are all camelids and evolved in North America, leaving about two or three million years ago at about the same time as the ancestors of the dromedary and bactrian camels, who went east rather than south.  North American camelids became extinct quite recently (geologically speaking) due to either ice ages or humans or both.

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Here is the village.

While it is a “tourist village”, it is also a traditional village where people live.

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We later stopped to explore a canyon lined by cacti.

This is not a known tourist destination but you can easily find it by driving along all the roads in the Atacama Desert and stopping to explore every hundred metres or so.  Probably shouldn’t take more than a few months.

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Members of our group heading down the canyon.

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Heading back now.

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And as we depart, some of the cacti wave goodbye.

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El Tatio

24th November 2015. Atacama Desert, Northern Chile.

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There was a very early rise this morning for the 90 minute trip from San Pedro de Atacama to the El Tatio geyser fields so that we could arrive before dawn.

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El Tatio is said to be the highest geyser field in the world and the largest in the southern hemisphere.

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The sky is bright but it’s still before dawn because there are no shadows,

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Now we have shadows so the sun is up.

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A large fumarole.

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This is probably the largest geyser.

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The sun is starting to rise behind it.

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And now it’s peeking through

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… leaving reflections in the surface water.

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It’s remarkable how the geysers manage to throw out lines of differently coloured rocks just at the point where it becomes unsafe to walk.

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There is a ruined building on the site but it’s not ancient.  It was probably associated with sulphur extraction many decades ago.

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Silhouettes in the steam.

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Darkness and light.

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The field once included 67 geysers and 300 hot springs.

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Geysers once reached 10 metres in height whereas now they are up to a metre.  Individual geysers are larger in New Zealand, Iceland and the US.

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Drilling for a hydrothermal energy project in 2009 caused a steam blowout 60 metres high that was not capped for a month.  The subsequent outcry led to the banning of such projects.

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In 2010, El Tatio was declared a protected area.

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Gulfoss and Geysir

Day 68. 5th September. Gulfoss and Geysir, South Iceland.

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It was the afternoon of the last day of my circumnavigation of Iceland in a two wheel drive campervan before having to return the vehicle and I’d been running out of time for a while.

I had intended to visit the historic island of Heimaey, where Irish monks lived before settlers arrived from Norway in 900, where Arab pirates raided in 1627 and where when the volcano Edfell erupted in 1973.  The townspeople sprayed the encroaching lava with water to solidify it, thereby saving the harbour and the town behind a lava wall.

Perhaps I could have taken a boat trip just south-west of Heimay to Surtsee, the volcanic island that rose from the sea between 1963 and 1967. Further on in my route for the afternoon, I also passed up on Keldur Turf House, Gjain scenic valley, Stong historic farm and Faxi waterfall.  But I did have time for Gulfoss and Geysir.

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This is taken somewhere along the main south road between Seljandsfoss and the turnoff to Geysir.  The mountain in the background is Hekla, one of Iceland’s most active volcanoes, with some very large prehistoric eruptions.

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This and following images are of Gulfoss, or Golden Falls.

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Fast shutter speed.

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Slow shutter speed.

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The river is crossed by a canyon wall, which is hidden until you approach closely.

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Just down the road is a place with this curious little circle of water, which is fenced off.

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This is the thermal area of Geysir, which lent its name to geysers all around the world.

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The largest geyser here, Great Geysir, can spurt up to seventy metres but it is infrequent and sometimes quiescent for years at a time.

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The geyser in all these images is Strokkur, which erupts every few minutes to a height of up to thirty metres.  Most images of a geyser described as Geysir are in fact Strokkur.

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Pohutu in New Zealand spurts at thirty metres around twenty times a day.  I remember it though as much larger than I saw Strokkur.  Waimungu Geyser in New Zealand was the largest recorded, reaching 460 metres in height from a blow hole two metres in diameter.  It blew from 1900 to 1904, a consequence of a fissure created by the the 1886 Mt Tarawera eruption.

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OK, now here we go.  This was difficult to catch.

Observe the great bulb of water that has yet to burst and the boiling water thundering up within.

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