These picture and panorama galleries are a selection from our three week-tour to Iceland and East Greenland in August and September last year. After we had circled Iceland by car already in 2010 we concentrated this time on some of the areas we had to skip like the highlands around Kerlingarfjöll and Landmannalaugar. Of course we rediscovered a lot of Iceland’s highlights including its geysers, waterfalls and glaciers. too.
During our recent trip to Patagonia we have located our A&A Forest in the Cerro Castillo National Reserve. On the picture you can see the mountain range where our lenga trees (Nothofagus pumilio) will be planted as part of the Reforest Patagonia campaign. The approximate location of our forest is indicated, too. For more info see this earlier post.
Have a look at some recent photospheres (360 degree x 180 degree panoramas) of the ESO Paranal Observatory featuring the Very Large Telescope (VLT) at day and night. In particular, don’t miss to have a look around the winter sky with the Milkyway stretching across the firmament at the beginning of the night. The heart of the Observatory are the four 8.2-m Unit Telescopes (UTs). The photosphere of UT1 ‘Antu’ (the Sun in native Mapuche language) allows you to look around inside the telescope enclosure from the gallery on the level of the main 8.2-m mirror.
All photospheres have a resolution of 170 mega pixels and allow to look in all directions and to zoom in to 100% magnification. Don’t miss to look up to the zenith and down to the nadir, best in full-screen mode.
The United Buddy Bears Exhibition reached on its world tour Santiago de Chile in 2015. The 140 life-sized Buddy Bears are shown at the Parque Bicentenario next to the Municipality of Vitacura until June 19. Ten small and two larger Buddy Bears have been crafted by local artists and were auctioned at the Galería ARTIUM for charity. We purchased the bear by the chilean artist María José Romero. Have a look at some impressions from the exhibition and the auction. And have a more detailed 360 degree look at M.J.R’s sculpture. The revenues of the auction are donated to Fundación Cristo Vive to support some 900 kids at its kindergartens and nursery schools.
Last weekend we did a beautiful hike to the top of Cerro El Roble, with 2222m the highest peak in the coastal mountains near Santiago de Chile. We started our hike at 1650m – just above the clouds with the first spectacular panoramic views to the West to the Pacific ocean and to Cerro La Campana sticking its peak through the clouds. To the East we could see at the horizon over a sea of clouds the Andes mountain range with its highest peak, the Aconcagua (6960m). The easy trail climbs up to Cerro El Roble and passes through the northernmost forest of Roble Beech trees (Nothofagus obliqua) which were still beautifully late-autumn coloured. The climb to the top was then rewarded by most impressive panoramic sights from the El Roble mountain.
I have added some panorama shots from the Antarctica, Spitsbergen, Southwest USA and the Pumalín Park tours. They are shown on dedicated pages using a panorama viewer that allows panning and zooming. The 360-degree panorama of the Chaitén Volcano is a 64 Megapixel image and provides high-resolution views. Have fun!
The A&A Photography webpage is now powered by The Turning Gate Core Elements 4 (TTG CE4) Web Publishing Suite. TTG CE4 is a collection of plugins for Adobe Photoshop Lightroom that allows high-quality publishing of web pages and photo galleries directly from Lightroom. I started using TTG in 2012 with version CE2. The latest version CE4 provides very powerful publishing tools for desktop and mobile devices, high-quality gallery slide shows and improved support to social networks. I took also the opportunity to upgrade the slide shows to 1024 pixel resolution and introduce an improved naming scheme for the images. Hope you like it!
Here comes the picture gallery behind the Happy New Year 2015 post. We visited the northern part of the Carretera Austral (Ruta 7) between Christmas and New Year. We spent most of our time in the Pumalín Park, a private natural sanctuary founded by Douglas Tompkins.