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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, December 11

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


1.   Australia : Blue Mountains, from Katoomba, NSW

Three Sisters, Blue Mountains, Katoomba, NSW, Australia, fotoeins.com

Torrential rain approaching the Three Sisters; Mt. Solitary peak at right was known as “Mun-mi-ee” by the Gundungarra people (HL 20070708).

2.   Brazil : Serra do Ibitiraquire mountains, near Morretes, Paraná

Serra do Ibitiraquire, mountains, Mirante, lookout, PR-410, Estrada da Graciosa, Paraná, Brazil, fotoeins.com

At 1877 metres (6158 feet), Pico Paraná is the highest point in Paraná state and in southern Brazil (HL 20110710; see also Fotoeins Friday).


3.   Canada : Coast Mountain Range, near Vancouver, BC

Helijet's "West Coast Spectacular" Vancouver tour

The Squamish people had coastal villages in and around Howe Sound (HL 20140516; see also this postr).


4.   Chile : Lower Andes, in IV Región de Coquimbo

Cerro Tololo, Región de Coquimbo, Chile, fotoeins.com

A sleepy “zorro” (desert fox), from Cerro Tololo Observatory (HL 20070623; see also Fotoeins Friday).


5.   Chile : Coastal Range (Cordillera de la Costa), from II Región de Antofagasta

Residencia, ESO Paranal Observatory, Chile, fotoeins.com

Telescopes & Residencia, ESO (European Southern Observatory) at Cerro Paranal. Arid Atacama desert, horizontally laminar air flow, and well beyond city lights are prime conditions for astronomy (HL 20091125).

6.   Germany : Zugspitze, from Bavaria (and Austria’s Tyrol)

Kirche Maria Heimsuchung, Zugspitze, Germany, fotoeins.com

Germany’s highest church, Kirche “Maria Heimsuchung” (HL 20111009; see also here).

7.   México – Picacho del Diablo, Parque San Pedro Martír, Baja California

Observatorio Astronomico Nacional, Sierra San Pedro Martir, Baja California, Mexico, fotoeins.com

Southeast from México’s Observatorio Astronómico Nacional to highest point on Baja California peninsula (HL 20051216; see also Fotoeins Friday post).


8.   New Zealand : Southern Alps, flyover near Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park

Aoraki, Mount Cook, Horokoau, Mount Tasman, Aoraki-Mount Cook National Park, Canterbury, South Island, New Zealand, myRTW, fotoeins.com

Flying north and facing west to the 1st and 2nd highest peaks in New Zealand (HL 20120721; see also post on the “Grand Traverse”).

9.   South Africa : Table Mountain, in Cape Town

View from Table Mountain, Indian Ocean, Atlantic Ocean, Muizenberg, Chapman's Peak, Hout Bay, Cape Town, South Africa

From the back of the Table to where the Atlantic Ocean and Indian Ocean meet (HL 20121013; see also Fotoeins Friday).


10.   USA : Kohala, on the Big Island of Hawai’i, HI

Kohala volcano, Mauna Kea Golf Course, Island of Hawaii, Big Island, Hawaii, USA, fotoeins.com

Cinder cones on extinct volcano Kohala (HL 20091208; see also Fotoeins Friday).


UN FAO International Mountain Day 2016. Photo by Amy Toensing for Getty Images.

Photo by Amy Toensing for Getty Images. UN FAO International Mountain Day 2016 information material.


Except for the top and bottom images, I made the remaining photos (HL) between 2005 and 2014 with three Canon cameras: Powershot A510, EOS 450D, and EOS 6D. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-99u.

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.

Fraser River, Port Mann Bridge, Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, BC, Canada, fotoeins.com

World Rivers Day: an RTW selection

Above: Fraser River, east from Port Mann Bridge, between Coquitlam and Surrey, BC (HL).

Every year, the last Sunday in September is World Rivers Day. The University of Oxford’s Dictionaries defines ‘river‘ as:

“a large natural stream of water flowing in a channel to the sea, a lake, or another river.”

A river has always been water supply and demand: daily use and consumption; farming and agriculture; and where the waste goes, often back into the same supply. A river has always been about transport: trade and delivery of goods; shuttling people between places; and with people travelling, the exchange of language and culture. Throughout history, the establishment of towns and cities and the subsequent development of rivers have been about a mix of urban and rural elements, and about the relationship and interactions between people and their waterways.

Here are 39 rivers, above and from the ground, near and far, from around the world (RTW). Asterisks indicate the presence of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

  1. Alster, in Hamburg, Germany
  2. Boate, in Rapallo, Italy
  3. Cam, in Cambridge, England
  4. Capilano, in North Vancouver, BC, Canada
  5. Courtenay, in Courtenay, BC, Canada
  6. Danube, in Regensburg*, Germany
  7. Elbe, in Magdeburg, Germany
  8. Elqui, between La Serena and Vicuña, Chile
  9. Fox, at Fox Glacier*, New Zealand
  10. Fraser, in Richmond, BC, Canada
  11. Gera, in Erfurt*, Germany
  12. Guadalquivir, in Seville, Spain
  13. Havel, in Potsdam, Germany
  14. Iguazu*, at the Argentina-Brazil border
  15. Inn, in Passau, Germany
  16. Isar, in Munich, Germany
  17. Loisach, from Zugspitze, Germany
  18. Main, in Frankfurt am Main, Germany
  19. Mapocho, in Santiago, Chile
  20. Mississippi, in Minneapolis, MN, USA
  21. Neckar, in Heidelberg, Germany
  22. Neisse, on the Germany-Poland border
  23. Parramatta, in Sydney, Australia
  24. Potomac, in Washington, DC, USA
  25. Rhine, stretch* between Mainz and Koblenz, Germany
  26. Río de la Plata, in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  27. Sâone, in Lyon*, France
  28. Singapore, in Singapore
  29. Spree, in Berlin, Germany
  30. Swan, in Perth, Australia
  31. Tasman, in Canterbury, New Zealand
  32. Thames, in London, England
  33. Tiền, near Mỹ Tho, Vietnam
  34. Trave, in Lübeck*, Germany
  35. Vltava, in Prague*, Czech Republic
  36. Waiho, at Franz Josef Glacier*, New Zealand
  37. Wailoa Stream, Waipio Valley, Big Island, Hawaii
  38. Waimakariri, in Canterbury, New Zealand
  39. Yarra, in Melbourne, Australia

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