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Two more from Chile

These are a couple of things from Chile that I am fond of but never posted.

My fascination with shades of orange shows again. The one below has a bit of a silly story. My travel addled brain decided that the shapes in the door was an amusing bit of art work, a little tongue in cheek image of umbrellas painted on the door. Yeah well, I get home blow it up on the big monitor and they are just umbrellas. Oh well, I still like the image I just wonder about my brain.

Maybe I’ll just tell everyone else that it’s art.

Color from Pichasca

Yet another place where I had wished for the luxury of time, so as to have a choice in lighting, ah well necessity. Pichasca is one of these towns that appears from around a sharp turn, clinging to the side of the mountain. Built where the mountainside briefly softened into something less than completely vertical, it was far enough up from the river not to flood, but not to far to irrigate or easily reach the fields on the valley floor. Though, valley is not really an accurate term, as that brings to mind more sweeping, pastoral landscapes than We travel though, but gorge would be too extreme. It is something betwixt and between, neither gentle nor unrelenting, but obviously a difficult environment to carve a living out of. This town seemed to be one of the more prosperous that we passed on this road, and it was certainly the most colorful.



20130209-150627.jpg I was amused by the stickers on the pole, street art everywhere.


If you ever wonder why they might want so much color on their buildings, the landscape behind this one should explain everything. This was taken in November, late spring early summer for them, gardens in full bloom, probably as green as it gets.


Santiago buildings

So I am not going to overwhelm you with architecture photos until after I get home and can straighten them. The downside of the way I balance the camera in the wheelchair is a tendency to angle the images. Which is fine most of the time, but irritating as shit if there is a strong vertical or horizontal axis. There is a remarkable assortment of architecture here from fake Tudor to ultra modern. The Bellavista area is full of color, the whole gamut…pink,purple, vermillion, yellow.. ..mostly plain fronted, low buildings with thick walls, typical of so any old cities in hot climates. The houses of the wealthy were all fenced off, but seemed to have pretty decent gardens. There is an obvious European influence in many of the grand old buildings on the avenues (all Beaux Artes and stuff) but very nice really. Their modern architecture is easy on the eyes, but hard to photograph well. The buildings are not extreme, neither too tall nor too severe – but a pleasing balance of steel and glass, many with elegant curves. I am just posting one photo now but I promise color walls some time in the future.