Worldly Vistas: Monk of Pacana

Monk of Pacana - Atacama Desert, Chile

Monk of Pacana
Photographed in the Atacama Desert, Chile

As if the Chile’s Atacama Desert ins’t magnificent enough on its own, there are also these unbelievable “statues” adding to the scenery. They are huge vertical rocks formations that have been shaped by wind erosion over millions of years, mimicking the silhouette of monks. they are remains of large volcanic eruptions which once flowed in the area.  The gignormous rock formations rise toward the sky enhancing this beautiful area.

How large is this one? Do you see Bill standing in the foreground? He’s nearly 6′ and barely visible!


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Worldly Vistas: Reaching for the sky

Andes rising over Lake Titikaka, Bolivia

Andes Rising over Lake Titicaca
Photographed in Bolivia

High altitude Lake Titicaca is located between Peru and Bolivia and at an average altitude of 12,500 feet above sea level. It is surrounded by beautiful, snow-capped Andean mountain ridges and slopes varying in altitude 13,100 – 13,800 feet above sea level. Beautiful!


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Worldly Vistas: Moonscape

Moon Valley, Atacama Chile

El Valle de la Luna
Photographed in Chile

Moon Valley is located in the Cordillera de la Sal (Salt Mountains) in the Atacama Desert. It is an interesting area with stones and sand formations that, for millennia, floods and winds have given it a series of amazing colors and texture. Given its rugged terrain, scientists tested a prototype for a Mars rover here.


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South America: Titi Monkey

Titi Monkey, Peru

Titi Monkey
Photographed in Peru

 

Titis are a New World Monkey. You may have seen one that’s looks somewhat different than this one. That’s because the different species vary substantially in size and coloring but resemble each other in most other physical ways.

Mostly, it’s a super cute monkey that easily jump from branch to branch, making it fun to watch and sometimes a bit of a challenge to photograph.


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South America: Moon Valley

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Moon Valley
Photographed in Chile

If you want to feel as if you’re walking on the moon without leaving earth, this is the place to go! Moon Valley — Valle de la Luna — in Chile’s Atacama desert is a remarkable place. It is part of the Reserva Nacional los Flamencos, and has various stone and sand formations that have been carved by wind and water.

No, that isn’t snow. It’s salt deposits. Moon Valley has dunes, caverns, sharp peaks and natural depressions,and views that can only be described as moon-like.


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Peru: At the Clay Lick

Macaws at Clay Lick, Peru

Macaws
Photographed in Peru

Up the Tambopata River in the western Amazon basin is a strange place. It’s a sheer wall of clay where hundreds of macaws and other parrots gather to eat the clay! This is a behavior not seen anywhere else, and scientists have various theories but no conclusive answers why birds gather here to eat clay when it’s not part of their normal diet elsewhere.

All I know is that, other than being one of the most remote and challenging places to reach, it was a truly wonderful experience!


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South America: Extreme Points South

Bahia Wulaia, Chile

Bahia Wulaia
Photographed in Chile

This bay is along the Murray Channel in extreme southern Chile that looks out over the Beagle Channel. Accessible by boat, we came through here and I photographed it when we cruised down the Beagle Channel from Punta Arenas to Ushuaia, rounded and climbed Cape Horn (it was a very calm day!) and came into this beautiful bay.
Besides being a stunning, Wulaia Bay is also an archaeological site with remains from the early settlement of the Yaghan peoples.

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South America: Water Lilies

Victoria Amazonica

Victoria Amazonica

Photographed in Peru

Native to the shallow waters of the Amazon River basin, these water lilies ar huge! The leaves can reach diameters of close to 10 feet, and the stalks may be over 25 feet long.


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South America: Iguana

Marine Iguana

Marine Iguana
Photographed in the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

These iguana are the world’s only marine lizards. They live in the Galapagos Islands and have adapted to the harsh marine environment. Although they resemble large lizards, they have evolved blunt noses for grazing on seaweed, laterally flattened tails to assist swimming, and powerful limbs with strong claws to help them cling to rocks.

Did you know that marine iguana sneeze? They do this because when they eat, they swallow saltwater. Once back up on land, they need to get rid of all that salt. They do that with the help of their salt-excreting glands. As they sneeze, out comes the saltwater. Quite the adaptive behavior!


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