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One of the most famous moai buried on the outer slopes of the volcano Rano Raraku - Easter Island, Chile

 

The mystery Easter Island - Rapa Nui, the Polynesian name - is a small volcanic island in the South Pacific Ocean and one of the most isolated places on earth.

Easter Island bears witness to a unique cultural phenomenon. From the 10th to the 16th century, a society of Polynesian origin that settled there c. A.D. 300, built shrines and erected enormous stone figures known as moai , which created an unrivalled cultural landscape that continues to fascinate people throughout the world.

 

Volcano Rano Raraku is the great quarry where virtually all moai statues were made.

Most of the 900 moai in the island come from the slopes of the Rano Raraku volcano. Today, the visitors who walk through the external and internal slopes of the Rano Raraku can contemplate several tens of these impressive statues, most of them with their body buried.

 

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My Easter Sunday was spent driving from Florida into Georgia, where I trekked around the Okeefenokee Swamp. After leaving the swamp, I decided to follow the St. Mary's River. The river is the boundary between Florida and Georgia and it follows a winding course. Here is the river just south of Folkston, GA.

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...the most isolated spot in the planet, in the heart of the Pacific Ocean...far from everything.!

I went camping with friends over Easter in Mt Baw Baw National Park. We found this creek amongst dense forest. It was truly a fairy tale scene. Looking through my photos I haven't been able to capture the true magic of the place so I have compensated with some heavy handed processing. Not sure if i like this approach or not. Any Thoughts?

Archrock, Keurboomstrand, South Africa. It's great when you don't even have to touch the photos up - from the camera straight to flickr. Took about 400 pics this past weekend, so will be uploading gradually over the week.

 

the Ahu Nau Nau in Anakena beach, Rapa Nui (Eastern island)...like an old fashion postcard!..The legends of Easter Island say that Hotu Matua (the first King) came first came ashore here at Anakena Beach and that this was the island's first settlement.

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Some star trails taken over the easter weekend, looking south towards the Southern celestial pole.

 

Taking advantage of clear skies and being well clear of big city lights. A relatively modest 60 frames stacked in PhotoShop.

Sunset over my friends lake, Booroorban, New South Wales, Australia.

Dedicated to "Tiny" someone very special....

 

EXPLORE # 340 MARCH 29 , 2008 Thanks MIMAMOR for letting me know....

I took this image a few weeks ago as soon as I had purchased my Lee Big Stopper.

 

Taken as the title indicates at Newcastle South Beach NSW.

 

Hope you like this one - also have a great Easter break!!

 

Gear used: Canon 7D + Tokina 11-16 @ 16mm; 20 seconds exp at f8 ISO100.

Lee Big Stopper used also!

Hi Everyone! Are you all ready for Easter? I hope yours will be a celebration of New Life as we celebrate He is Risen.

 

I am finally getting to look through all the files of my South African trip Dec 2013 to Jan 2014. Reminising! as I look to plan my next visit end of the year. I think I've still got plenty interesting ones to post. I was also looking at a bunch of archive stuff that I never posted- so many photos and great places I've been fortunate enough to have been able to visit. I am blessed.

I hope and wish blessings in your life too!

Thanks for all your support, kind words and favourites!

Leigh

ps Thank you "South African Tourism" for 'asking permission' to use my Lighthouse photo at Cape Recife!

Copyright © Colin J Clarke 2012 All Rights Reserved

 

Nice when viewed on Lightbox

 

Rescanned Kodachrome 25 35mm transparency, which is starting to fade a little after 46 years of 'not perfect' storage. This image was made in 1966, in the Flinders Ranges in outback South Australia.

 

Pentax S1a SLR with 55mm f1.8 Super Takumar lens.

 

Early breakfast campfire smoke in Flinder's Pound at a bush camp, Outback South Australia, Easter 1966. Only dirt and gravel 'tracks' served the area in those years. Notwithstanding, it was a popular destination for the more intrepid. Easter (autumn) was a good time to visit. Although the image may suggest the full story, actually smelling the campfire smoke and burning eucalyptus leaves, and hearing the cries of parrots in the trees, would be necessary for the full experience ... or being there. :-)

 

Wishing everyone a safe and Happy Easter!!!

 

Here's another (and I have a few more to come .....) taken at South Bar Beach (Newcastle, NSW; Australia) last week.

 

Making the most of the rocks here that have been revealed since the big seas scoured lots of sand away from the local beaches.

 

Hope you are enjoying this and the others from here......

 

Have a great day, weekend, and Easter break.

 

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The moai quarry on Ester Island is the most photographed place on the island. Here you can find most of the moai on the island, some unfinished still in the rock.

There are more moai pictures in my South Pacific album.

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Lake Bumbunga

South Australia

 

This is another image from a magical morning over Easter at Lake Bumbunga. There were occasional spots of interest in the fissured foreground salt. Tomorrow, we're heading off to New Zealand so I may get a chance to update from time to time with laptop edits but I've learned my lesson from previous trips and I'm going to leave the bulk of the editing for home no matter how excited I may be!

  

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Archrock, Keurboomstrand, South Africa. Had taken a set of varying exposures during the Easter weekend sunrise shots from earlier in my photostream, just hadn't found a tool to perform a satisfactory HDR merge. Really wasn't happy about the results from Photomatix, but managed to run them through PS CS2, which turned out much better (I think anyways) - still undecided as to whether HDR added much more in terms of visual appeal as opposed to the previous untouched photos. Guess it comes down to the subject of the photo.

This is the most famous site on Easter Island. When Europeans first visited the island, all Moais were toppled over. A Japanese company brought a crane to the island to restore this great site. near the famous quarry were the Moais were being built. Have a look at my South Pacific album for more shots.

Easter Promenade - South Street

It was mild on Easter Sunday. It was the occasion of a pleasant family walk in the beautiful countryside around Mâcon, in the middle of the vineyards of the Pouilly-Fuissé.

The 2 Rocks, icons of the Mâconnais, stood out on the horizon.

 

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Un bel après-midi de Pâques

 

Il faisait doux en ce dimanche de Pâques. Ce fut l'occasion d'une agréable balade en famille dans la belle campagne des environs de Mâcon, au milieu des vignes du Pouilly-Fuissé. Les 2 Roches, emblèmes du Mâconnais, se découpaient à l'horizon.

 

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Fuissé - Bourgogne du sud / South Burgundy - France

HDR processed with Photomatix. Enhanced using Topaz Plugins. Easter morning sunrise...South Florida.

The Moai statues of Easter island's Ahu Akivi seem to stand guard, possibly protecting the secrets of their mysterious past. Only they, and the vibrant Cosmos above know the true story of Easter Island's puzzling history.

 

+Photo Specifications: 44 Second Exposure, f/3.2, ISO 2000

+Equipment: Nikon D600, 20mm f/2.8 Lens, Shutter Release Cable, Tripod, LED Flashlight

+Technical background: Placed camera in Bulb mode for this shot and held the shutter for almost 45 seconds. This gave me time to shine the LED flashlight on the statues to illuminate them, a task that took a couple of tries to get right.

 

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The view across the Irish Sea from South Stack lighthouse by night, a very clear night...!

 

From Orion in the left, across the Milky Way and finishing with Andromeda and Comet Panstarrs as two blurry stars on the right (just above the hill between the two telegraph poles). Ireland still glowing in the distance.

 

We've had some great night skies this Easter weekend, hope you've all had a good one, day or night ;-)

 

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Easter Promenade - South Street

Strong South Easter, not a soul on the beach.

 

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Ahu Tongariki is the largest ahu on Rapa Nui Easter Island, Its moai were toppled during the island's civil wars and in the twentieth century the ahu was swept inland by a tsunami,iIt has been restored and has 15 moai including an 86 tonne moai that was the heaviest ever erected on the island

 

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Kite Aerial Photography. Kite : Dan Leigh Delta R8 – Camera : Ricoh GX 200 with Wide Angle converter. Rig : AutoKAP travel rig designed by Brooks Leffler.

 

This KAP session was one of the 31 KAP & PAP sessions we had over a week stay on Easter Island… Over 10 000 images to sort, delete and edit…

 

The sun was out by 7:40 AM and we only had a window of 3 minutes of perfect light, the kite was already up in the air and as soon as the sun rose over the ocean the rig was up above the Moais. It was interesting to see that a dozen other visitors had also made it for sunrise, but all of them were facing the sun, we were looking for the shadows !

 

The mystery Easter Island - Rapa Nui, the Polynesian name - is a small volcanic island in the South Pacific Ocean and one of the most isolated places on earth.

Easter Island bears witness to a unique cultural phenomenon. From the 10th to the 16th century, a society of Polynesian origin that settled there c. A.D. 300, built shrines and erected enormous stone figures known as moai , which created an unrivalled cultural landscape that continues to fascinate people throughout the world.

 

The enigmatic Ahu Akivi, also called “7 moai”, that look into the faraway ocean (unlike the rest of the statues that always face the island in order to protect the clans with their Mana). Nobody knows with certainty the exact role of this ceremonial place, though many believe it was used by the island’s astronomists. The moai are lined up with their back to the eastern sun, oriented according to the solar line of the equinox. A minute ahu observes them from the other side of the plain.

The ahu were usually built close to the beaches, very few were constructed inland like Ahu Akivi.

 

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Horses, Moai, crater and Rano Raruku Volcano - Easter Island, Chile

 

Rano Raruku is a volcano that is part of Easter Island’s National Park. This area, considered a World Heritage site since 1996, was the quarry that supplied the stone for almost all of the Moai on the island for over 500 years.

The interior contains one of the island's three freshwater crater lakes, which is bordered by nga'atu or totora reeds.

On the left of the crater, you can see Moai, and on the right horses ...

 

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The skies in the south were a little cloudy this evening, but I think the results are OK, I tried to portray the moon in what I know are its real colours this time.

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About South Stack Cliffs

Enjoy a close-up view onto a wonderful cliff-side nesting colony, with binoculars and telescopes provided. You'll be able to watch guillemots, razorbills and puffins all raising their young, while live television pictures give you an even closer view of the nests! Rare choughs can also be seen on the reserve.

 

In spring and summer, the heathland becomes a riot of colour. Look closely and you may see a basking adder, while out to sea there may be porpoises and dolphins.

 

Opening times

The RSPB reserve is open year round; Ellins Tower, the RSPB visitor centre, is open from Easter to September.

 

Entrance charges

Free, but donations to help us continue our work here are welcome.

 

If you are new to birdwatching...

This reserve is good for birdwatching in the summer only.

 

Information for families

Some interactive materials in Ellins Tower Information Centre.

 

Information for dog owners

Some access for dogs. Please contact the reserve office for more information

  

Star species

Our star species are some of the most interesting birds you may see on your visit to the reserve.

 

Chough

The chough is the rarest member of the crow family in the UK. They can be found feeding in fields around South Stack, probing for invertebrates with their curved, red bill.

 

Guillemot

Guillemots look ungainly when they shuffle around on their nesting ledges on the cliffs, but underwater their streamlined shape comes into its own and they become agile and manoeuvrable.

 

Peregrine

Keep an eye out for a commotion among birds on the cliffs - a peregrine may be making a fly past. They are a regular sight overhead when a pair is nesting in the area.

 

Puffin

Enjoy the comical antics of puffins in spring and early summer from the viewing points on the cliffs. Watch the adults returning from fishing forays at sea with sandeels hanging from their colourful beaks.

 

Razorbill

Very similar to guillemots, razorbills spend most of their lives at sea in the Atlantic, only coming to land to breed between March and July.

  

Seasonal highlights

Each season brings a different experience at our nature reserves. In spring, the air is filled with birdsong as they compete to establish territories and attract a mate. In summer, look out for young birds making their first venture into the outside world. Autumn brings large movements of migrating birds - some heading south to a warmer climate, others seeking refuge in the UK from the cold Arctic winter. In winter, look out for large flocks of birds gathering to feed, or flying at dusk to form large roosts to keep warm.

 

Spring

Marvel at the wildflowers including kidney vetch, thrift and scurvey grass amid the cliff top grassland and heathland. Particularly eyecatching is the spring squill, which carpets areas of heathland that have recently been burnt. Look out for stonechats and linnets perched on top of bushes and listen out for the first skylarks. As spring takes hold, watch out for choughs and ravens collecting material to build their nests and don't miss the breeding seabirds crammed onto the narrow ledges on the cliffs in front of Ellins Tower.

 

Summer

Ellins tower provides excellent views of the seabird city with guillemots, razorbills, puffins, fulmars and gulls. Try to spot razorbill and guillemot chicks on the narrow cliff ledges, but don't leave it too late as these seabirds will be leave for the open ocean in July. Listen for the distinctive calls of choughs. They will be active gathering food for their ever growing young. Look out for the endemic spatulate fleawort amongst the cliff top grassland where you might be lucky and see an adder basking in the sun. Search out the rare silver-studded blue butterflies amid the shorter heathland.

 

Autumn

The heathland will be ablaze with colour as the mauves and purples of the heather flowers mingle with yellow gorse flowers. Look out for family groups of choughs. You will probably hear them first as the newly-fledged youngsters beg noisily for food from their parents. In the tidal races just offshore, look out for feeding gannets, passing shearwaters, porpoises and dolphins.

 

Winter

Look out for flocks of feeding choughs. These comprise of the newly-independent first year birds along with sub-adult birds from the last couple of years. A good place to search them out is the RSPB managed farmland (from the permissive path). This land is managed to provide foraging opportunities for chough throughout the year. Listen and look out for ravens as they begin to display, a sure sign that spring is round the corner.

 

Facilities

 

Facilities

•Information centre

•Car park : RSPB car park located at SH211818, complete with three marked disabled car parking bays and cycle racks.

•Binocular hire

•Group bookings accepted

•Guided walks available

•Remote location

•Good for walking

•Pushchair friendly

 

Viewing points

Spectacular views of the breeding seabird colonies from Ellins Tower visitor centre (open Easter to September) with binoculars and telescopes provided.

 

Nature trails

The South Stack reserve is very popular with visitors for many reasons. Visitor activity is concentrated around Ellins Tower (the RSPB information centre), where the paths are maintained to a higher standard than elsewhere on the reserve. The heathland areas and their network of paths are open to the public (on foot) at all times. These paths cross a mix of coastal and heathland terrain and some pass close to cliff edges. There are no specific RSPB trails, but the route of the Ynys Gybi circular walk and the Isle of Anglesey Coastal footpath are waymarked along with the routes of the public footpaths. The nature of the terrain makes many of the paths steep and rocky, making access difficult for anyone with impaired mobility. However, a well-surfaced, high-quality 2 m wide track with benches runs from the RSPB car park (complete with three disabled parking bays) into the heathland and onto a viewpoint in front of Ellins Tower. Access to Ellins Tower is via a steep flight of stairs. The permissive path through the farmland connects the two areas of heathland. This path is open to the public (on foot) at all times (except 10 December each year). Grazing animals are present, so please take care and keep dogs under close control. Access to the Isle of Anglesey Council's 'South Stack Island and the Lighthouse' visitor attraction is via approximately 400 steps of variable rise and tread width down the cliff (not part of the RSPB reserve).

 

Tearoom

Fantastic News! We are delighted to announce we have just taken over the ownership of South Stack Kitchen Café. The staff and builders at South Stack have been working furiously over the last 2 weeks since being handed the keys to carry out essential work needed to open the Café with a fresh, vibrant feel and we hope to reopen by the 28 May (sooner if we can) Once open the Café will be serving a range of hot and cold drinks, light bites and snacks for your enjoyment.

 

Refreshments available

•Hot drinks

•Cold drinks

•Hot meals

•Cold meals

•Snacks

  

Accessibility

The majority of visitor activity at the RSPB South Stack nature reserve is concentrated around Ellins Tower, the RSPB information centre, and occurs during the summer months. South Stack reserve comprises a mix of coastal and heathland terrain with steep sea cliffs which support breeding seabirds.

 

Nature trails

The nature of the terrain makes many of the paths steep and rocky making access difficult for anyone with impaired mobility. In view of the visitor pressure, the paths in the vicinity of Ellins Tower are maintained to a higher standard than elsewhere on the reserve.

The most accessible path for people of impaired mobility runs from the RSPB car park into the heathland and onto a viewpoint in front of Ellins Tower. The track is well-surfaced and high quality (2 m wide) with benches and leads from three marked disabled car-parking bays in the RSPB car park.

 

Visitor centre

From Easter to September, Ellins Tower is open daily from 10 am to 5.30 pm. Access to Ellins Tower, which is a Grade 2 Listed castellated folly near to the cliff edge, is via a steep flight of stairs. Views of the dramatic seascape and some of the breeding seabird colony can be gained from the viewpoint by those who are unable to gain access to Ellins Tower.

  

Our work here

Our South Stack reserve on Anglesey comprises heathland, farmland and offshore stacks and caves. The RSPB is managing these habitats for the benefit of their breeding seabirds and choughs, as well as a wide variety of other fauna and flora. We are also working to provide an excellent wildlife and landscape experience for visitors.

 

Chough haven

The reserve is especially important for its breeding choughs, with our nine pairs representing 2% of the UK population. We are maintaining the heathland and farmland to provide suitable nesting and feeding conditions for this rare bird.

 

Healthy heath

The reserve’s heathland is part of the largest area of maritime heath in North Wales. Besides choughs, this important habitat supports the endemic plant spatulate fleawort, and the uncommon silver-studded blue butterfly, plus adders, common lizards and a range of other flora and fauna. Controlled burning helps us to manage this habitat for the benefit of all its wildlife.

 

Seabird spectacular

The sea cliffs provide nest sites for around 4,000 seabirds, including puffins, guillemots, razorbills and fulmars. Other birds to use this habitat include peregrines and ravens. We are monitoring our seabird populations and working to minimise any disturbance to the colony.

 

Visitor value

The scenic beauty of the reserve, together with its seabird spectacle, operational lighthouse, and many sites of geological and archaeological interest, make it very popular with visitors. Around 35,000 people visit our information centres each summer.

We are maintaining and enhancing our facilities, including our visitor centre at Ellins Tower and our network of paths. We are also providing more information to help people to get the most from their visit, while promoting the aims of the RSPB. We run seven events per year and encourage an active volunteer programme.

 

Community care

South Stack is a major tourist attraction on Anglesey and plays a significant part in the local economy. We will continue to advertise the site to enhance the flow of tourist income to the island and, where possible, will support local communities and business in developing the reserve.

 

Quarry of Moais, Easter Island, Chile

Easter Island

 

Easter Island

Easter Island

 

Easter Island

"tangata manu", the legendary birdman petroglyph carved in a volcanic rock, orongo village, rapa nui (easter island)

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Easter Island

 

Easter Island

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