Zapallar Sunset

A while back Raeski and I went with some friends to Zapallar.  (Pronounced Sap -pie-yar)  Being a little over an hour’s drive from our home it’s a great day trip.  Zapallar is a small town of around 2,000 people.  Since it was winter it wasn’t crowded.

While we were there, we were treated to a colorful sunset.  Looking at the photos certainly brings back memories of a great day.  I hope you enjoy the pictures.

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La Campana Hike

A little over an hour inland from Viña del Mar is La Campana Nacional Parque.  La Mina, an old quartz mine is one of the attractions in the park and was what drew us and a few of our fellow teaching comrades to tackle the five kilometer hike.

When you don’t own a car in Chile the adventure before the adventure begins with transportation.  As you know from a previous post, when you step on a bus you hope the driver isn’t the ‘wild-eyed‘ variety.  (woolyandraeski.com/2014/06/01/a-long-humorous-lesson-about-public-transportation-in-chile/).  Today we were spared that indignity but the transportation adventure has a second part.

After escaping the bus with our lives our destination was still several kilometers away.  In Chile the next phase of the adventure is surviving a ‘colectivo’ taking you to your destination.  A colectivo is a sort of taxi that whisks you to your destination at a dangerously high rate of speed.  A colectivo gets its name from the way they ‘collect’ their victims.  The driver keeps stopping and picking up new victims until his colectivo is full.  Then the driver is happy and continues the adventure at a breakneck pace to your destination.  In our case we filled two colectivos and the happy drivers raced each other up the mountain to La Campana.

Having safely arrived at the park we were ready to stretch our legs and enjoy our hike.  It was a gorgeous 70°F/25°C degree mid-winter day.  So up the hill we went.  And up, and up, and up…  Soon we were thinking “Where’s the down or level where you get to rest a bit while walking?”  The trail ended up being almost all uphill to the destination.

After several hours of ascent and a few breathing breaks we reached the mine and stopped for lunch.  While eating lunch we enjoyed a peek-a-boo view of the snow covered Cordillera de Los Andes.  (Andes Mountains)  Having learned our lesson about overdoing it (woolyandraeski.com/2014/03/30/pass-the-salt/) we chose to relax while our much younger comrades pushed on to climb the rest of the 1.8 kilometer hike which was steeper, rockier and more exhausting.

We started our descent at a more leisurely pace and were delighted to share our path with a fox along the way.  And down we went.  And down, and down, and down…  Remember wanting that rest on the way up?  Now those little used downhill muscles were starting to protest their overuse.  I guess even leisurely can be overdone when you are tired.

After our exhausting day we all wanted to sleep on the metro (train) ride home.  From the next day’s perspective we can assure you we made the right decision to take time to relax and not push beyond our limits.  And we think we gave our younger teaching comrades something to aspire to in 30 years.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge – Leaves and Bark

We all have them and sometimes we wish we could try again or maybe take them back.  So what do you do with those photos that miss the mark?   And this is where the story begins…

I had a photo I really liked but it just didn’t POP.  I loved the composition of the tree and the way its white branches led the eye across the photo.  However, the white didn’t pop and got lost in the background foliage.  I did all the normal things one could do in Lightroom but nothing portrayed what my eye saw.

In frustration I slid the Saturation slider bar to full saturation.  And wow did the white ever explode out of the photo!  A few more adjustments and I had something I really liked.  What a great reminder this was that our photography is an art.  Sycamore Acid was created and the “World on Acid” series was given birth.

I would love to hear what everyone thinks of these – both positive and negative comments are all welcome.  So please let me know what you think…

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge – Shoes

Wooly isn’t in the habit of taking photos of shoes since he isn’t much of a fashionista (just ask Raeski).  However it does occasionally happen and I found a good one for a fun topic.  The photo is taken at Canyon de Chelly overlooking Spider Rock.

There is also a Navajo legend that accompanies this photo.  Spider Woman, one of the most important deities in Navajo lore, chose to live at the top of this rock.  She had supernatural power at the time of creation.  At that time monsters roamed the land and killed the Dine (the people).  Because Spider Woman loved the people she found a way to destroy the monsters.  She also taught the Navajo the art of weaving.  Children are taught the white at the top of the rock are the bones of children who misbehaved.  Maybe we should send our politicians there and let the Spider Woman take care of them.

In our shoes overlooking Spider Rock, Canyon de Chelly.
In our shoes overlooking Spider Rock, Canyon de Chelly.