A volcano. 2hrs from Betania. 3000m high. Black lava. Turquoise water. Alien landscape. Crazy roads. It was a rushed visit, but definitely worth the trip.
Doors make for interesting subjects for photography. What’s on the other side?
Not far away, a ski lodge. Snowboarders are basically loco.
Mi esposa. Me amo. Me vida.
This is a very isolated place.
Like a black wave, the last eruption was 1863 and the lava flowed right down to the lake.
Two new friends. The wind was crazy.
The mountains of the Andes.
‘The Twin Lakes’. This is the view from the back of Betania. Two small lakes nestled in the arid ‘campo’. A real treasure. Clean and refreshing. I like swimming on Christmas day.
A very comfortable place to be.
For some strange reason, I have a reputation down here for liking food. It’s a bit surprising, really. The food here is fresh and very, very good.
This was part of Christmas dinner.
See you people in a week or so.
Ciao for Niao. Ha! see what I did there? I kill me.
The stuff on the left is ‘choripan’. It looks like sausage on a bun because it is. So good. The green stuff in the middle is called ‘aji’ it is a condiment made with a local pepper. It comes in several varieties and is just about the best thing ever invented. The stuff on the right is called ‘pebre casero’ and it IS the best thing ever invented. It’s like salsa but kinda like a flashlight is like the sun. You mix these three things together and it is tastebud heaven.
‘Ensalada a la Chilena’ so good when eaten outside under the pine trees on Christmas day.
So, my goal is to get some pretty pictures of the shiny things in the night sky here in Chile. Northern Chile is noted for being the best place in the world for this kind of photography. Came home late one night to see this.
A first attempt at astrophotography in Chile. Note the light pollution from the city of Los Angeles about 20km south of my location. The hardest thing to find for astrophotography is a location that is truly dark. I’m trying this again in a better location in a couple of days. Kinda excited about this.
‘Jumping’ Laja river. A waterfall about 15min north of Betania. Lucked out with the sky. Normally there isn’t a cloud to be found. That makes for boring.
Long exposure HDR of the falls.
You can walk right up to the bottom of the falls.
This is David and Melissa Lessen. David is 24 and a vet. He likes dogs and cows (Ha! David!) and translating for gringos. He has a great sense of humour. Melissa is 17 and loves drawing anime and reading. She loves following gringos around. Better people you will not meet.
Ok, not too impressive if you’ve been to Niagara, but in the Spring, where I’m standing is under a metre of raging torrent. Middle of summer, not so much.
Last post I mentioned that Peñaflor is my favourite place. Here are some of the reasons why.
I actually miss work. I must be sick. Or maybe I work with the best people.
I love macro. It’s the middle of summer down here right now (nice!) and everything is in bloom and growing like mad.
I really love macro.
Blackberrys are ripe. So good.
The passion flower. The greatest story ever told is contained in the unique arrangement of the parts of this flower.
This is a grape vine. Grapes are an essential part of life here in the country. Food products and shade.
I have no idea what it is. It’s just cool.
This old Mercedes bus could tell many happy stories. Can’t believe it’s still alive.
The front yard. These pine trees are over 30m tall. The sound the wind makes through them is the nicest sound on earth.
This area is essentially desert. Irrigation is essential. The sand is like one big Chia Pet, add water and it explodes with life.
The address at Betania. A very special place.