living in a painting

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The Chilean coast. The water is deep and cold. Urchins and Abalones scour the rocks and the forest of Kelp beyond.

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The wind and sun impart to the plants an economy of form. The plants respond by clothing themselves in a mantle of flowers to capture the attention of pollinators.

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This landscape is imposing, out of scale with people and the ones that live here know the tsunami will come one day and wash it clean of them. The plate bounadry just offshore reminds them as it did on 12/18/08 with a 6.3 earthquake.

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The landscape artist, surrounded by the picture, struggles to frame a part at a time. An online gallery of images of the Chilean coastline, optimized for 1024×768, is here.

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5 thoughts on “living in a painting

  1. I’m so glad you stopped by my site. These photos of Chile are just gorgeous! I’ve been scrolling through your posts, what a picturesque place to live.
    (and of course the little tern on my site is female!) 😉

  2. Hi Paulie,

    Looks like you have a great time in Chile! I was near Torres del Paine, visited Tierra del Fuego, and stayed in Ushuaia in 1997 before heading on to Antarctica. I definitely want to go back and spend more time in Chile and Argentina. Thanks for sharing such nice shots!

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