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

World Rivers Day: 50+ rivers from around the world

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

The fourth 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.


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

Fotoeins Friday: Up to Southern Brazil’s highest point

Latitude: 25°20’01.3″ South (-25.333695)
Longitude: 48°54’03.4″ West (-48.900934)

My friends have taken me on an afternoon drive west into the mountains which lie between Curitiba and Brazil’s Atlantic coastline. We’re on the Estrada da Graciosa, a picturesque road on Rodovia (highway) PR-410 in the state of Paraná. In the picture above, the view to the northeast from the Mirante (lookout) faces the Serra do Ibitiraquire mountains. At 1877 metres, Pico Paraná is the highest point in the state and in southern Brazil. This area is part of the Atlantic Forest South-East Reserves which in 1999 was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

I made the photo above on 10 July 2011 with the Canon EOS450D, 18-55 IS kit-lens, and the following settings: 1/125s, f/8, ISO100, 45mm focal length (72mm full-frame equivalent). This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-81X.

Buenos Aires: abandoned cats in the garden

Since 1996, the Botanical Gardens of Buenos Aires in the affluent neighbourhood of Palermo is one of Argentina’s national cultural monuments. The gardens’ full name is Jardín Botánico Carlos Thays after the French landscape architect Carlos Thays who arrived in Argentina in 1889 and became the Buenos Aires’ Director of Parks and Walkways in 1891. The gardens contain thousands of plant varieties over a seven-hectare spread.

The Gardens also have the unfortunate reputation as the home to unwanted domesticated cats. Early calls to remove or destroy the feline population were met with fierce opposition. Interested volunteers have formed the committee, Asociación Civil Gatos Botánico (on Facebook and Twitter). With several hundred cats in the gardens, people have a tough job keeping up, taking their own time and money to neuter, care, feed, and vaccinate the cats, as well as organizing suitable candidates for adoption into new homes.

•   “Everything You Need to Know About the Cats of the Jardín Botanico”, by Mark Pampanin, The Bubble, 20140604.
•   “La tarea de los voluntarios del Jardín Botánico es enorme – nos ocupamos del bienestar 250 gatos en estado de abandono.” Por Silvina Rufrancos, La Prensa, 20140820.


Abandoned domesticated cats, Jardin Botanico Carlos Thay, Palermo, Buenos Aires, Argentina, fotoeins.com

Abandoned domesticated cats, Jardin Botanico Carlos Thay, Palermo, Buenos Aires, Argentina, fotoeins.com

Abandoned domesticated cats, Jardin Botanico Carlos Thay, Palermo, Buenos Aires, Argentina, fotoeins.com

Abandoned domesticated cats, Jardin Botanico Carlos Thay, Palermo, Buenos Aires, Argentina, fotoeins.com

Abandoned domesticated cats, Jardin Botanico Carlos Thay, Palermo, Buenos Aires, Argentina, fotoeins.com

Abandoned domesticated cats, Jardin Botanico Carlos Thay, Palermo, Buenos Aires, Argentina, fotoeins.com

Abandoned domesticated cats, Jardin Botanico Carlos Thay, Palermo, Buenos Aires, Argentina, fotoeins.com

I made these photographs with a Canon PowerShot A510 on 23 March 2008 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-884.

ANF airport, Aeropuerto Nacional Cerro Moreno, Region de Antofagasta, Atacama desert, Desierto de Atacama, Antofagasta, Chile, fotoeins.com

Fotoeins Friday: Into the Atacama from ANF

We left the last traces of green behind in La Serena. After the 90-minute flight from LSC to ANF Antofagasta airport, it’s abundantly clear anything green has a tough-tough-go, and has to hold on to every hint of moisture. Here in the Atacama desert, shades of dust scatter across the barren landscape, switching quickly from plain brown to copper, from rust to sienna. Our vehicle turns gently south onto Ruta-1, towards the city of Antofagasta. Through traffic, we wind our way through the city, eventually onto the Ruta-28 spur, and beyond to the Panamerican Highway, which in Chile is known as “la ruta cinco” (Ruta-5).

ANF airport, Aeropuerto Nacional Cerro Moreno, Region de Antofagasta, Atacama desert, Desierto de Atacama, Antofagasta, Chile, fotoeins.com

Leaving ANF airport towards Ruta 5

ANF airport, Aeropuerto Nacional Cerro Moreno, Region de Antofagasta, Atacama desert, Desierto de Atacama, Antofagasta, Chile, fotoeins.com

Leaving ANF airport towards Ruta 5.

Ruta 1, Atacama desert, Region de Antofagasta, Antofagasta, Chile, fotoeins.com

Ruta 1, approaching Antofagasta from the north.

Ruta 1, Antofagasta, Region de Antofagasta, Chile, fotoeins.com

Ruta 1, heading south through Antofagasta.

I made the above photos on 24 November 2009 with the Canon 450D camera, EF 70-300 zoom-lens, and the following settings: f/11, ISO200, and 70-140mm focal lengths (112-224mm full-frame). This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-6SU.

Chilean Andes, Cerro Tololo, Cerro Pachón, astronomical observatories, Chile, fotoeins.com

Fotoeins Friday: Chile from 10000 feet, summer light on the Andes

20 February 2006.

With the light of the setting summer sun striking the foothills and the mountains in the Chilean Andes, this was the view east outside the plane from about 10000 feet (3000 metres) prior to approach and descent to LSC La Serena airport. This place was already familiar: I’d been coming here for astronomy research semi-regularly over the last ten years (since 1995), and it’s where I would live for the next five years (to 2011). It’s a fascinating individual experience to internalize the day-to-day surroundings which eventually become routine over a period of weeks, months, and years. On occasion, I still have difficulty grasping my own history.

At a latitude of 30 degrees south, the area shown here is near the southern limit of the Atacama desert in Región de Coquimbo. A group of white domes (telescopes) is clustered at the summit of Cerro Tololo (centre-left); the domes for the SOAR Telescope and Gemini South sit along the ridge of Cerro Pachón (centre-right). The mail-drop or “buzón” for the observatories is at the bottom of the ridge where the unpaved graded dirt road splits to Tololo and Pachón. To the east in the background are the north-south spine or ‘cord’ (Cordillera) marked by the Andes mountain range, and towering thunderstorms looming over the Argentina-Chile border. Directions to the nearest cities are marked: Vicuña (north), La Serena (northwest), Andacollo (west), and Ovalle (southwest).

I made the photo above with a Canon Powershot A510 camera on-board the LAN 1-hour flight from Santiago to La Serena. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-6Rq.

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