A week spent in central Chile with the focal point being the total solar eclipse which took place on the 2nd July 2019. Although wintertime there was plenty of clear skies, warm sunshine and many beautiful sights to enjoy, as you will see from this selection of images. Birds too.
|Santiago and the not-so-distant snow-capped Andes as viewed from the summit of Cerro San Cristobal
|From Castillo Hidalgo looking eastwards across Santiago in the light of the almost setting sun
|Reflections of the Andes in the mirror-windowed buildings
|Enjoying lunch in the winter sunshine on the summit of Cerro San Cristobal
|The ornamental Fuente Neptuno in the Terraza Neptuno, central Santiago
|A view of the cableway from the Tupahue Station. The Gran Torre, Santiago's tallest building (300m) is to the left of frame
|A late afternoon view from the highest level of the Castillo Hidalgo, Santiago
|A wine tasting selection at a Casablanca Valley winery
|Colourful houses built on one of the 40 hills in Valparaiso
|A busy scene on one of the steep Valparaiso streets. Note that the two street dogs each have a kennel to call home!
|Colours of Valparaiso
|Careful attention is needed when walking around the streets of Valparaiso
|The famous "piano stairs" of Valparaiso. Can't see the piano? Here it is.
|Part of Plaza Sotomayer and the unusual vertical extension to the CSAV building. It seems to possess a passing similarity to "The Tesseract" of the Marvel Movie franchise?
|Street Art of Valparaiso
|Another example of Valparaiso Street Art
|Part of Valparaiso through a porthole window of La Sebastiana, the late Chilean poet Pablo Neruda's home
|Lunch time - residents feed one of Valparaiso's many street dogs
|An Easter Island Moai at the Museo Fonck, Viņa del Mar
|The church in Pisco Elqui, Valle de Elqui
|Accommodation in "The Hidden Garden", Pisco Elqui
|Pinhole imagery of the sun shining through a woven sunshade
|The "Route of the Stars" on the Gabriella Mistral Circuit through Pisco Elqui
|Inland from La Serena into the foothills of the Andes the terrain is rocky and barren with only the hardiest of plants, such as these cacti, able to survive