Chile 1.12.2011 – 29.02.2012

To be three months in Chile is and will be fantastic, but very busy. When not photographing or driving car the rest of the time is spent eating and sleeping (more or less).

The first leg on this trip is ended. 5 weeks in the north of Chile resulted in more photos than I like to think about when it comes to post processing. In addtion we drove 8000 kms on this trip – oh, yes, Chile is really a long country with a lot of ups and downs if you visit the Altiplano (the plains between the Andes mountains) a lot.

The last vist to the Altiplano was a short one. Arriving at about 4500 and overlooking Laguna Legia hell broke loose. Hale, snow and several lightnings per minute close by was terrifying considering the 20 liters of gasoline on the roof of the car. Well, everything ended good as you can understand :-).

But do not drive eagerly into the desert to look for owls and forget about the dead cacti lying on the ground as we did. Two of our brand new Toyo all terrain tyres got a lot of holes. But they were leaking air very slowly so we made it back to Santiago by filling air at a gas station every 4 hours. Later all four were checked and the two bad ones fixed for NOK 240 :-).

After about a week in Santiago we are leaving on Tuesday for the south of Chile. Especially along the 1000 kms of Carretera Austral includiing a trip to Argentina for some days. Bought a Nikon AW100 to be used in the extremely beautiful and exciting marble caves filled partially with freshwater in  one of the lakes down there :-)

Here are some photos from the trip (will be updated now and then if time permits and connection excists):

Overlooking Argentina from Air France's flight Paris - Santiago. © Asle Hjellbrekke/NN

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Overlooking Argentina from Air France's flight Paris - Santiago. © Asle Hjellbrekke/NN

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The Flowering Desert, Huasco Bajo. © Asle Hjellbrekke/NN

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The Flowering Desert, Huasco Bajo. © Asle Hjellbrekke/NN

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The Flowering Desert, Huasco Bajo. © Asle Hjellbrekke/NN

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The Flowering Desert, Huasco Bajo. © Asle Hjellbrekke/NN

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Burrowing Owl, The Flowering Desert, Huasco Bajo. © Asle Hjellbrekke/NN

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Burrowing Owls, The Flowering Desert, Huasco Bajo. © Asle Hjellbrekke/NN

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Burrowing Owl, The Flowering Desert, Huasco Bajo. © Asle Hjellbrekke/NN

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Burrowing Owl, The Flowering Desert, Huasco Bajo. © Asle Hjellbrekke/NN

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Burrowing Owl, The Flowering Desert, Paposo. © Asle Hjellbrekke/NN

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About asleoh

Professional outdoor photographer, IT-specialist, guide to wildlife safaris in Finland, hot spots in South-America and Norway, teacher of photography courses/workshops/software, slide shows.
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9 Responses to Chile 1.12.2011 – 29.02.2012

  1. Geir Ole says:

    Flotte bilder og artig lesing :)

    Trur eg hadde vore temmelig nervøs eg også med lyn og bensin på taket…..puhhhh!! :D

    God tur i sør, Asle :)

  2. KP-FOTO says:

    Smukt smukt smukt Asle!!! Håber du havde en rigtig god tur!
    De bedste hilsner her fra Danmark!
    /KP

  3. Ray says:

    I love looking @ your Pictures… fantastic. These eyes of the owls…. great catch… Cheers Ray

  4. Carolina Malbran says:

    Vidunderlige farger og natur du har tatt. Chile er jo et så utrolig vakkert land og det er få som får sjansen til å se det slik du gjør, så jeg takker deg for at du deler slike flotte bilder og gleder meg til å følge opp turen din og andre turer. Og helt enig med andre, uglene var bare suveren topp bilder. Owls always have such attitude with their big eyes and they are so aristocratic. You certainly captured that with great excelence.

  5. Weber says:

    Jeg har boet 3½ år i Chile og set det meste af det smukke land og det er dejligt at se disse smukke billeder fra landet, som har fanget samme stemning jeg havde. Fik desværre aldrig set Atacama blomstre

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