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Pisco Elqui, Rio Claro, Estero Derecho, Rio Elqui, Elqui river, Region de Coquimbo, La Serena, Chile, fotoeins.com

Fotoeins Friday in La Serena: Pisco Elqui

I’m highlighting the La Serena-Coquimbo area in north-central Chile, where I lived from 2006 to 2011 after many visits to the area between mid-1990s and the early aughts.

On the paved two-lane road (D-485) next to the Claro river, this view of the Paihuano area by the side of the road faces south and upstream towards the town of Pisco Elqui. The colours provide reminders that (1) the Andes aren’t very far, and (2) this region is at the southern edge of the Atacama desert. Red-wine grapes don’t do well here, but unique soil chemistry allows pisco grapes to thrive from which pisco brandy and the very familiar “pisco sour” cocktail are made.

I made the photo above on 9 Aug 2008 with a Canon EOS450D/Rebel XSi and the following settings: 1/400-sec, f/8, ISO200, 55mm focus (88mm full-frame equivalent). This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins DOT com as https://wp.me/p1BIdT-jLp.

Embalse Puclaro, Puclaro, Rio Elqui, Elqui river, Region de Coquimbo, La Serena, Chile, fotoeins.com

Fotoeins Friday in La Serena: Puclaro dam & reservoir

I’m highlighting the La Serena-Coquimbo area in north-central Chile, where I lived from 2006 to 2011 after many visits to the area between mid-1990s and the early aughts.

In 1999, the Elqui river was dammed to control water flow into agricultural lands downstream and beyond to the twin cities of La Serena and Coquimbo. The reservoir behind the dam drowned a number of villages. The view above from the dam faces east to the Andes, the continent’s raised mountain spine.

I made the photo above on 13 Sep 2009 with a Canon EOS450D/Rebel XSi and the following settings: 1/80-sec, f/13, ISO200, and 18mm focal length (29mm full-frame equivalent). This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins DOT com as https://wp.me/p1BIdT-jLl.

My Tirol: Stubai alpine valley


(Spring 2018.)

After the morning to and from Scharnitz, I returned to Innsbruck, and immediately headed south into the Stubai valley for the afternoon and early-evening. I had enough time to make a short walk in each of the towns Neustift and Fulpmes, but truth told, I would’ve preferred a minimum of one full day to appreciate more fully the spring-summer rhythms in the river valley and ascend the cable cars up both Kreuzjoch and Elfer, plus another day to the very end of the Stubai valley to Mutterbergalm, and up Schaufelspitze for views of the Stubaier Gletscher (Stubai Glacier) at “the top of Tirol.”

The present description is a part of my 1-day trips within Tirol, including:

•   Alpbach valley.
•   Brenner Pass.
•   Scharnitz & Porta Claudia.
•   Wilder Kaiser.


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Waimakariri River, Bealey, Arthur's Pass, Canterbury, South Island, New Zealand, fotoeins.com

A-3 in Aotearoa

Above/featured: Headwaters of the Waimakariri River, near Bealey – 18 Jul 2012.

For LAPC’s first alphabet challenge, I began with a contribution about 3 German places whose names begin with the letter ‘A’. This follow-up is 3 locations in New Zealand (Aotearoa):

•   Akaroa, on the South Island;
•   Arthur’s Pass, on the South Island;
•   Auckland, on the North Island.


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1-day drive in the US Southwest: Tucson to Santa Fe

Above/featured: Northeast on US-60/AZ-77, through the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests, just outside of Show Low, AZ.

The following takes place entirely on the 15th and final day of our drive through the American Southwest. Departing Tucson, Arizona, we headed north and east on AZ-77, US-60, and I-25 into New Mexico for our destination in Santa Fe, New Mexico. We drove through a variety of landscapes in east-central Arizona and west-central New Mexico for a total of 856 kilometres (532 miles).


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