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Chile – redux 3

We went east out of La Serena, a city I really liked, towards Vicuna and the south to Hurtado and Monumento Natural Pichasca. it started with paved roads, they’re on the map and everything…..

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This is the road from Vicuna to Hurtado, it was beautiful…it was long.

There was pavement from Hurtado to Samo Alto and then we took a “short” cut

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My short cuts are often beautiful, but rarely faster….I have no idea why Victor listens to me, except that I always retain control of the map and he likes adventures.

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This is from our atempt to reach R. N. Pinguino de Humboldt, an island with penguins etc….that was a bust, too windy, off season, and the tour guides’ complete horror at the idea of my wheelchair in their boats. Ah well, people were so much more adventurous in Vietnam. The drive was really interesting, but the lighting conditions were very difficult, low hanging fog, so not a great day for shooting.

 

Cliche, but…..

I know the world doesn’t really need more rainbow pictures, but I couldn’t resist. This one actually spanned the entire sky, so that you could see each end touch the horizon. I’d never seen that before, usually one end just fades away.


Cameo Hills Farm, Montgomery, NY.

This is a standardbred farm that has bred and raised some amazing horses, including Deweycheatumnhowe.

Mandatory Fall Foliage 

A selection of my annual effort at capturing the Autumn spectacle….

  
Poison ivy and Virginia creeper always provide a good show.
  
Black Walnuts don’t get much color, but they back light quite nicely. I have a love hate relationship with my Black Walnuts, they drop their leaves early, leaf out late, and there are very few things that grow well near them. But they are stately trees with fabulous gothic shapes and they feed and shelter lots of wildlife.

  
Red Maple (Acer rubrum) this a commercially available variety, planted near a parking area, it gets great color every year. I wish I knew its name…..

  
Beech, Maple and Tulip trees with a it of grape vine. Beech trees turn yellow then pale brown becoming more translucent as the winter goes on. Some Beech trees keep their leaves well into winter, by the time they fall they look like rice paper.

 

Another version of the red maple above, it has a remarkable range of reds. 
These were all taken in Rosendale, NY in October. We are having a very good year for fall foliage. The only drawback is that the leaf peepers make driving on the weekends a bit more challenging than strictly necessary. But tourists are large part of our economy around here, so I will try to keep my whining to a minimum.

Landscapes 

Mid summer landscapes, now that it’s fall…..

   
In past summers this field was cut for hay before it bloomed.

 

The allee beside the field.

   
You can just barely see the Gunks behind the trees.

 
The birds and the insects made good use of this field. Makes you wish we mowed less. All the short green grass looks good, but it doesn’t do much for the ecosystem.

Blue….variations on a theme

You find photos in the oddest places. I took these at my local Agway while I was waiting for them to load my grain.

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Variation One

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Variation Two

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Variation Three

There is nothing like blue skies to make you see every speck of dust on your sensors…….ugh…….