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Under the desert sun (LAPC)

Above/featured: Ruta 5 (highway 5), a ribbon-like cut through the desert in Región de Atacama, Chile – 24 Nov 2009 (450D).

It’s an interesting question: how does one consider, view, or photograph what’s under the sun? There’s a lot of room for interpretation. Modifying the theme for the desert sun, I examine the “quality of sunlight” within the Atacama Desert in northern and north-central Chile, and within the Sonoran Desert in southwest United States.


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Cerro Tololo Interamerican Observatory, Cerro Tololo, Region de Coquimbo, Chile, fotoeins.com

Fotoeins Friday: Andes in winter, a June day in Chile

23 June 2007.

A few days past the June winter solstice, the view to the Andes is illuminated by the afternoon sun to the northwest. It’s almost one year since I’ve moved to Chile to work at the Gemini South astronomical observatory, and part of my job includes shifts observing at the telescope for a duration between two and six nights at a stretch. For the time being, we’re sleeping in the dormitories at the neighbouring Cerro Tololo Observatory, and driving to and from Cerro Pachón where Gemini South resides. With less oxygen at altitude between 2500 and 2800 metres, it can be a little rough to sleep and work, but the views are always worth the temporary discomfort.

More about my past life

•   What it was like to be “up top”
•   What it meant to leave, both astronomy and Chile
•   My past research


I made the above photo 10 years ago today on 23 June 2007. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-9To.

Avenida Libertador Bernardo O'Higgins, Morande, Region Metropolitana, Santiago, Chile, fotoeins.com

Fotoeins Friday: Dungarees vs. Suits (Santiago de Chile)

20 October 2006.

Shortly after moving to La Serena, Chile, I headed back to the capital city of Santiago for a few days. After visiting the Cultural Centre at La Moneda, I stepped out to the streets and turned the corner to witness the afternoon traffic on its primary east-west axis, Avenida Libertador Bernardo O’ Higgins. I saw a skateboarder heading towards me and not far was a man in a black suit standing to the side. My intuition leapt, and I quickly lifted my point-and-shoot camera. The gap in economic class continues not only in Chile but throughout South America.

I made the photo with the Canon Powershot A510 on 20 October 2006. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-95n. The following excerpt from “WKRP in Cincinnati” parodies the struggle between “suits” and “non-suits”.

UN FAO International Mountain Day. International Mountain Day celebration 2015 in Chile/Brazil: photo by College João Paulo of Brazil and the University of Magallanes (UMAG).

11 December: International Mountain Day

Since 2003, December 11 is International Mountain Day as designated by the United Nations General Assembly. Annually, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) observes the day:

… to create awareness about the importance of mountains to life, to highlight the opportunities and constraints in mountain development and to build alliances that will bring positive change to mountain peoples and environments around the world.

•   Mountains cover almost one-quarter (22 percent) of the Earth’s surface.
•   Up to 80 percent of the world’s freshwater supply comes from mountains.
•   One in eight people (13 percent) around the world lives in the mountains.
•   Mountain tourism accounts for almost 20 percent of the worldwide tourism industry.

The following provides a glimpse to the mountain environments around the world and to the challenging conditions our ancestors would have faced and endured.

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Avenida del Mar, Playa del Mar, La Serena, Coquimbo, Chile, fotoeins.com

Fotoeins Friday: “Live your dreams” (La Serena)

“Vive tus sueños” (Live your dreams)

2pm Chile Standard Time, 15 September 2006.

I’ve just switched hemispheres. Until recently, I never thought I’d move here.

One time five years ago, I moved from the western hemisphere (Canada) to the eastern hemisphere (Germany), at least where measures of longitude are concerned. And now, I’ve gone from summer in the northern hemisphere to the final week of winter in the southern hemisphere; Minneapolis to La Serena only seems far in the mind. The Pacific is an ocean with which I’m familiar, but what’s unfamiliar is the time difference. I’m hugging the Americas’ continental western coastline, and yet I’m in the same time zone as the American Atlantic coast. The difference in time zones will take some adjustment.

I’ll have the next five years to adjust.

The scene above is on the beach next to Avenida del Mar, southwest across the bay to Coquimbo and the Cross of the Third Millennium.

Then again, this piece from Banksy is an alternative response.

I made the photo above on 15 September 2006 with a Canon PowerShot A510 camera. Ten years later (plus two weeks to the day I made the photo), this post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-7Mt.

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