A Photographic Moment

14 May

Having posted a number of times of my travels and adventures overseas, particularly Chile South America, I have made a point of talking on my pleasure of taking photographs of everything that appears before my lens, now in a lot of countries, Chile included, one must be very careful what is photographed, Government buildings, certain local cultural traits and many other situations a tourist may come across, such as local social disharmony. I must admit I have surreptitiously taken some of these types of photographs but keep them for personal records. But in this post I want to share with you the extent of my pleasures in exploring a city in depth, in this case the beautiful harbor port of Valparaiso. Looking through my pictures from last year’s adventure, I realized just how much territory I had covered. Now in a foreign city, and especially one as beautiful and flamboyant as Valparaiso,  there is not a back street, a building or monument that I must see, in Valparaiso some of the streets are way off the tourist trail, and it is vital that you are accompanied by a local, in one of our late evening tours into the back streets high in the hills of Valparaiso, we were fortunate to have a family member as our driver, even so we found it quite uncomfortable, an unknown car in a  local street does appear out of the normal and does draw attention. One doesn’t stop. But back to my story, I love photographing everything I see and also revisit the same places again for two reasons, one being to capture what I missed in the first visit, and secondly to hope my photographic skills have improved. Now in these two following pictures I will demonstrate the coincidental diversity of my touring around Valparaiso.

The first picture was taken high from the top one of the 43 hills that surrounds the Valparaiso harbor. It was New Years Eve 2015, we were guests of a family friend of Ana’s, the evening was predicted to be a spectacular event, The Valparaiso New Years Fireworks, these fireworks are renowned as the most spectacular in the world, and they were no disappointment, people actually move up into the hills for the display, the whole coastline erupts at midnight into one massive display of colourful fireworks right along the coastline that goes for miles, synchronized and spectacular. But I am definitely straying from the story line of this post. It was early afternoon that I took some photographs of the great Valparaiso from our friends house overlooking the harbor, I focused on the Chilean Parliament house in Central Valparaiso, the first picture, as you will see in comparison to all the other high rise buildings around it, we were extremely high up in the hills. Now to the comparison with my other picture, the second one. This was taken on a boat trip around the harbor, I photographed from every angle, and now looking over my pictures, I notice that I have again taken the picture of Parliament House from the seaward side. Looking back, that is quite a distance from the hills of Valparaiso to Parliament House, and also quite a distance from the Sea to Parliament House, I have inadvertently photographed both the front and back of Parliament House. Such are the joys of exploring a beautiful overseas City. In two trips to Valparaiso I have covered much ground and look forward to revisiting later this year. I have not yet earned the title of a Local, but still remain a Gringo for the time being.Click on the pics to enlarge.




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13 responses to “A Photographic Moment

  1. Sue Dreamwalker

    June 7, 2017 at 3:28 pm

    That is an amazing building in the middle, 🙂 thank you for sharing Ian.. 🙂 And hope you enjoy your third trip to come later in the year.. 🙂

    • aussieian2011

      June 8, 2017 at 1:55 pm

      Thank you Sue
      Best wishes and kind regards my friend.
      Hope your elections have a great outcome that is acceptable to all and humanity.

      • Sue Dreamwalker

        June 10, 2017 at 10:24 am

        All over now bar the shouting Ian and that is liking to lead to another Election sooner rather than later I feel… Sigh.. I wonder when these governments will get it, that the systems in place are not working, and that is why they are collapsing… Nothing much changes for the working class.. Sending thoughts you way Ian.. 🙂

        • aussieian2011

          June 11, 2017 at 8:52 am

          Very troubling times we live in Sue, not only your country but ours as well.
          I notice the very diverse differences and expectations between the younger generation, and the older generation who have vivid memories.
          Technology has shaped the thinking of may people, progress is not a good thing if we do not consider the mistakes of the past, sadly the younger generation have not lived the past.

          • Sue Dreamwalker

            June 12, 2017 at 12:53 pm

            Exactly.. We could go on for hours about it.. My hubby and I often do.. lol.. But each generation has to find their own path.. Its like now as they voted for changes that have been promised them by one party, yet no way could they pay for what they are promising.. We have the austerity measures in place now because of the failures of the past governments who borrowed and overspent.. As we pay back debts, let alone the EU Bill that will be forthcoming..
            We have lived through times of pulling our belts in.. high interest rates.. ( though I think we can kiss those goodbye, as the Banks have us just where they want us. on paying next to nothing on savings ) So who is saving?? not many.. But again the young are not like us.. We saved before we bought something we needed.. Now they borrow and get deeper into debt )
            So Ian.. I nod my head, and think, well, you will be paying for it one way or another in the future.. We’ve seen it all and then some more than others, like you with your Vietnam service Ian..
            It does make me wonder though about the future and where it will all lead to.. 🙂

  2. sudiste1359

    May 22, 2017 at 11:13 am

    nice shooting dear, hugs from france

    • aussieian2011

      May 28, 2017 at 4:51 am

      Thank you Sudiste, lovely to hear from you, hope you are well and life is good, I did have dreams of visiting France one day but it seems there are too many troubles there these days, feels like the Romance of France has died out. Hope you live in a safe area my Friend.
      Kindest regards and best wishes.

      • sudiste1359

        October 8, 2017 at 6:29 pm

        hi dear, sorry not being often over here,
        yes we’re in a safe little village ” aire sur la lys”, zip code: 62120
        1 hour by car from here to north coast,
        why not see one time, hugs from france

        • aussieian2011

          October 17, 2017 at 9:10 pm

          Greetings Dear Sudiste, thank you for your lovely visit and comment, sorry for the delay in replying, I have just returned from seven weeks in Chile and will start posting and visiting my friends sites again, as soon as my jet lag gets back to normal.
          My kindest regards and best wishes.

  3. prenin

    May 16, 2017 at 10:08 am

    Hope you get your chance Ian! 🙂

    God Bless and thanks for the tour!!! 🙂


  4. GP Cox

    May 14, 2017 at 7:19 pm

    Speaking Spanish with an Australian accent – it just might keep you a Gringo for a long time. 🙂

    • aussieian2011

      May 16, 2017 at 10:11 am

      Yep I am definitely always recognised as a Gringo gp.


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