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
This last summer the loan of a friend’s 4×4 allowed us to travel outside of the Puerto Williams city, something for which not all visitors find the time, and hike in the rest of almost-roadless Isla Navarino.
The news of the Covid-19 disease, and then the first cases of the disease, seemed to reach South America somewhat behind Europe or North America. UK friends were filling Facebook with coronavirus memes before we could appreciate these fully, and Brazil’s president’s supporters still suspect the communists of inventing the whole story, even after the US president has reluctantly started to advise that everybody stay inside. Here in Chile, as perhaps in other places, the news and the first cases formed a start from which the rest escalated rapidly. One day the neighbour’s saying it sounds like it’s only some sort of a cold really, the next he’s shouting through a mask from two metres away. Continue reading “Yachts in quarantine”→
It doesn’t seem so long since we last left for Argentina, at the start of winter, our first trip in our semi-repaired Space Oddity. Three months later, when the frosts were thinning and the snows were falling less frequently, the same visa-related reasons compelled us to repeat the journey. Which was a problem for our ever-expanding German Shepherd crossbreed Zibby, whom we’d adopted after the first trip as a six-week-old puppy. Continue reading “Repairs to the puppy”→
A main attraction of Puerto Williams – only major settlement in Chile’s Cape Horn province – is the nearby five-day Dientes hike. But here I’ll look at short strolls in the area, both for the less ambitious visitor, and for all curious about this remote place. Continue reading “Strolling in southern Patagonia”→
‘I wouldn’t buy it in that state,’ was the conclusion of the friend whom we’d asked to check out our prospective boat while deciding whether to travel down here. On the basis of his photos, and also his thorough written survey, we differed from this sufficiently to make the journey. Continue reading “Starting the journey”→
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)