Majestic Lakes of Chile – Part I

This is the first of a three day crossing of the Andes from Western Chile to Argentina. It was on a small craft and I had a boutique lakeside hotel every night between sailings with great food and wine. Really tough-- huh?

This is the first of a three day crossing of the Andes from Western Chile to Argentina. It was on a small craft and I had a boutique lakeside hotel every night between sailings with great food and wine. Really tough– huh?

 

On the lakes crossing  we sailed by four of the many dormant volcanoes of which this was the most formidable as it was the closest.

On the lakes crossing we sailed by four of the many dormant volcanoes of which this was the most formidable as it was the closest.

 

The opacity of Lake Espejo is created by the glacial schist rubbing together creating this intense color. From a distance it looks like someone poured a bucket of aqua paint into a depression.

The opacity of Lake Espejo is created by the glacial schist rubbing together creating this intense color. From a distance it looks like someone poured a bucket of aqua paint into a depression.

 

On our lakes crossing. a seagull swoops down to snatch a cracker from this man standing on the bridge stairs  of our boat in eastern Chile.

On our lakes crossing. a seagull swoops down to snatch a cracker from this man standing on the bridge stairs of our boat in eastern Chile.

 

 

This is the first docking in Argentina on the third and last day of  the lakes crossing.from Puerto Vara in Chile.

This is the first docking in Argentina on the third and last day of the lakes crossing.from Puerto Vara in Chile.

MONGOLIA: A NOMADIC PEOPLE SURROUNDED BY DRAMATIC SKYSCAPES

Mongolia: Sheep-Horses-River

Mongolia has extreme contrasts of topography and weather and remains a model for pristine preservation of nature. They’re a nomadic cuntry that drives their sheep and goats into the mountains or the valley, depending on which location has the best grazing.

Mongolia: Woman and Lamb

This woman on the edge of the Gobi Deset scans the horizon looking for the herd of sheep that her son is herding home at sunset.

Mongolia: Two Yaks

Yaks are an exotic sight for us but families raise them for their milk and fur.

Mongolia: Children Milking Goats

Goats and sheep are tethered together at night so if a maurading wolf stalks them, the collective yowls from the potential victims wake the owner who fires his shotgun into the air. Here are the family children milking their goats.