Monday, January 9, 2012

Scenes from Chile

As I briefly mentioned earlier, we spent our Christmas vacation in Chile, in the Futaleufu region of Patagonia.  It was an action-packed trip filled with white-water kayaking and rafting, hiking, and horseback riding.  We spent lots of time on the crystal clear water -- so clean that you can drink it straight from any river or lake without a filter or iodine pill.  Delicious!  It was remarkable how everything is super-sized in Patagonia; that made distances hard to judge. 

At any rate, I missed some fabulous photo-ops, like the horse who'd wandered inside the roadside bus stop (we were en-route to a put-in and couldn't pull over) and the river side scenery (rather hard to stop paddling/steering in rapids to take a picture). If I ever do anything like this again, I will investigate a GoPro camera for the top of my helmet so I can video while we navigate the rapids.  I'd also double the number of days I'm there so I can wander around with my camera, just to take pictures.  Still, I did manage to get some pictures I'm happy to share with you.  Here are a few of my favorite scenery photos.  Later in the week, I'll post some people pictures, textures, and the few plants and animals I was able to capture.  

Sunken boat at the pier at Lago Lonconau
Pier adornment on Lago Lonconau
Looking back at Tres Monjas across the Futaleufu, from base camp
Looking west from our cabin after a morning rain
The turquoise water of the Futaleufu at the bottom of the Class 5 rapid, Zeta.
(We portaged around this very dangerous rapid.)
It was difficult to capture any sunsets because we rarely had clouds.  This was at 10:00 pm; the sun's not completely down until about 10:45!
Clouds formations seen as we kayaked the Espolon River.  This was the last day and it got too cloudy for a sunset picture that evening.
A hidden pasture discovered on a morning hike


Sue Reno said...

Wow, just amazing, thanks so much for sharing!

Kristin L said...

Absolutely gorgeous! I love the colors.

norma said...

Looks like a photographer's dream vacation. It's amazing how clear that water is!

Natalya Aikens said...

wonderful shots! the color of the water is incredible!

Deidre said...

Amazing shots. What a wonderful trip it must have been.