When we bought Space Oddity we had plans to sail to Brazil and then haul the boat there, somewhere better equipped than here in the remote south of Chile; but it became clear we’d have to do something about the weeds on the bottom anyway, or we wouldn’t be travelling too speedily. We decided to haul in Puerto Williams eventually; then the start of lockdown shut down such ideas for a while. We were able to haul in late April, once restrictions had relaxed partially. This left the last of the early-autumn sunny days, after which the weather turned wintry. Continue reading “Boatwork in quarantine”→
Autumn’s my favourite of the seasons of Patagonia, the nothofagus trees creating incredible colours here, and the weather less wet than in summer (and warmer than winter, of course). Quarantine’s meant we’ve been a bit less busy, so I shot some pictures this time, mostly while walking the doggy. These leaves are falling as we enter May.
In March first reds/yellows appear in leaves
March – the harbour shores are still green mainly
The red colour descends from the higher hillsides, because of the colder air there
In April the autumn colours predominate
The forest is nothofagus about entirely, though there are subvarieties apparently
Above the trees are Argentina’s mountains on the Beagle’s other side
Chilean fishing craft in front of the Beagle
Colours coming down the hillside
The trees are at their brightest for a week or two only, before the leaves turn brown and blow away
The red slopes behind the city are shifting into brown by start of May
Last Monday (9th of March) Puerto Williams had a dramatic day, by the standards of this little isolated city: a number of orcas chased two whales onto the shores, and went on to kill them eventually. Orcas are seen in the area rather occasionally, and while whales are common in the channels of Chile, they don’t often enter the bay. They tend also not to be sei whales as these ones were, being the smaller humpbacks normally.
The Dientes mountains, south of all settlements, are almost within sight (if the clouds ever cleared) of where Cape Horn ends the land completely. We did this five-day hike with Xoe’s brother when in Puerto Williams before.
Puerto Williams with Dientes mountains in the distance
Caesar (Xoe’s brother) on the road to the Dientes
In the mountains
Gean and Caesar stand on a ridge
Xoe and Caesar in front of the Lindermayer cordillera
Xoe above Laguna Guanacos (Beagle Channel in the distance)