Saturday Bonus: Pictures from Chile!
And a Caption Contest
Thought I’d catch up on some pictures that I haven’t uploaded yet, at least as far as I know. It appears these are still from my parent’s visit, some walks and one beach trip.
Topiary At Quinta Vergara Park
Joel and I had visited Quinta Vergara Park previously, but apparently missed the section with the topiary, so here they are. Some were easy to identify, others we had some debates. Feel free to provide your thoughts in the comments, or I may post some of these separately on Facebook.
Remember, click the pictures to get the full versions; for some reason WordPress galleries make the pictures square, which they are not.
And a little more of the earthquake damage to the Villa at the park, which when it’s open is an art museum.
One of the interesting things that seems to be going on here in Viña is their attempt to recreate a wetlands habitat where the river joins the ocean. Most of the time, as has been discussed in previous posts, the river is barely a trickle by the side of the old river bed. Most of the bed is used for parking, roads and the feria on Wednesdays & Saturdays.
But where the river meets the ocean they’ve built a sand berm, and I’ve noticed that sometimes it’s completely closed and sometimes there’s a small opening. There’s a backhoe stationed there full time to do the opening and closing. Another possibly purpose for this is flood control; if the rains come as they’re supposed to they may need to open the berm more fully to proven the river from flooding. Depending on the weather, we may or may not see if this is the case.
Either way it has succeeded in filling the river bed more completely for a stretch, and wildlife, at least bird life, does seem to be coming back, as seen in the following gallery. This was taken on mom & dad’s last day, in the morning. It was foggy and chilly, so we didn’t walk far, but did see lots of birds.
During our somewhat failed trip to Valparaíso, I took a couple of pictures I haven’t shared yet, so here they are.
On the Beach
One day we decided to jump on the micro and go up to the nicer beach we had been to before to eat and enjoy the views. It was a bit foggy when we got there, so there wasn’t much view, as you’ll see. But it slowly cleared and turned into a beautiful afternoon. So nice we walked the mile or two back to our place, much to Joel’s chagrin.
I’ve entered the Rabbit Ears topiary and the Sunbathing Jesus (Cecile) in a Caption Contest album on Facebook, you can play along here.