Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge – Green

It’s spring in the other half of the world and last month we traveled north to La Serena and the Elqui Valley.  Both places sit at the southern end of the Atacama Desert, the driest place in the world, So green isn’t the most ever-present color in the area.  But in the valley floors where streams and rivers might flow – green is everywhere.

In the Atacama wherever water can be found there will be green.
In the Atacama wherever water can be found there will be green.

The northernmost vineyards in Chile are found in the Elqui Valley.  These are the grapes which are crushed, fermented and then distilled into Pisco, a brandy-like elixir.

The northernmost vineyards in Chile
The northernmost vineyards in Chile

A big surprise for us was discovering papaya is grown here.  Grown on the steep sides of the mountains you identify them by their dark green color.

Papayas on a mountainside in the Atacama
Papayas on a mountainside in the Atacama

September is bud break time for grape vines.

Springtime bud break in September
Springtime bud break in September

As you drive closer to the Argentina border you leave the vineyards behind and enter into areas where the most green you may find is on a road sign.

Sometimes the most green in the Atacama is found on the road signs.
Sometimes the most green in the Atacama is found on the road signs.
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24 thoughts on “Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge – Green”

    1. Thanks Cee. I wanted to go with something a bit different. Parts of the Atacama has never had rain recorded since Chile has been settled by man. Green is very rare there. The southern end is the wet part where maybe an inch of rain may fall in a year.

  1. Love your photos of open trails thru canyons & mountain ranges, endless roads that seem to go forever to unexplored places. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thank you very much Cee. It’s a great week so far. Testing at the Naval Academy here in Chile is over and we are wrapping up our contract for the year. Then we’re off to Southern Chile and Torres del Paine and then returning home sometime in January or February.

    1. Thank you for the kind comment. In the past I have worked with many Indians. A few weren’t so nice but by far the vast majority have been a pleasure to work with. Some have become my friends and because of them I will visit your great country one day.

  2. beautiful! i love the contrast, physically and symbolically. So often in the northern hemisphere do we forget that the southern half of the world is experiencing the opposite season. thanks for the glimpse of spring!

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