Today morning i have seen a very interesting TV program about Easter island. It appears that around the island there are no more fish. The idea is to make a marine reserve to rebuild the eco system.
And lately we could see some Bulent and Craig photos from Easter Island. Is in it the clear sign I should look at my archive?
Visiting Easter Island was my dream for more than forty years. When I realized that I can go there I didn't think more than five minutes. I just bought the tickets. It was very good promotion by British Airways together with LAN Chile and I could afford the ticket also for my husband. I had longer stops in Santiago and also in Miami. And it was well worth money and long flight (26 hours a flight only + time at the airports).
Moai are monolithic human figures carved by the Rapa Nui people from rock between the years 1250 and 1500. Nearly half are still at Rano Raraku, the main moai quarry, but hundreds were transported from there and set on stone platforms called ahu around the island's perimeter. Almost all moai have overly large heads. The statues still gazed inland across their clan lands when Europeans first visited the island, but most were cast down during later conflicts between clans.
The production and transportation of the 887 statues are considered remarkable creative and physical feats. The tallest moai erected, called Paro, was almost 10 metres (33 ft) high and weighed 82 tons; the heaviest erected was a shorter but squatter moai at Ahu Tongariki, weighing 86 tons; and one unfinished sculpture, if completed, would have been approximately 21 metres tall with a weight of about 270 tons. The islanders themselves tore down the standing moai after their civilization broke down.
Here the view of the slope of Rano Raraku. It seems to me that one moai is taking sun. Hope you will like it.
general view of Rano Raraku
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PaulVDV (22681) 2014-03-09 3:28
I didn't know you had been on Easter Island too.
The fact that it is so remote, is equally attractive as the mystery of the Moai. But there's the price tag ...
Here you present us some statues together with the view over the ocean. The Moai lying completely backwards is tired of always the same view :) Anyway, they don't have to work at their tan anymore.
What I like is that you can approach these monolithic statues very close. There seems to be no fence or foreclosure. Apparently there is no need to protect the island's historic heritage.
Best regards, Paul
baclama (18111) 2014-03-09 3:44
encore un endroit qui fait rever....
belle prise , peut-etre que les nuages sont un peu sur exposés?
timecapturer (49280) 2014-03-09 3:58
love this shot and the title is inspired. We have all seen Craig's recent shots from this magic place, but you have added a different mood and aspect to a place that has always fascinated me. Thanks for this one.
Sergiom (61092) 2014-03-09 5:53
Je commence à croire que tu as fait le tour du monde dans son intégralité.Ces statues sont assez difficile à visiter car elles sont cachées au bout du monde. J'aime bien celui qui est couché sur le dos pour prendre le soleil.
carlo62 (33779) 2014-03-09 7:14
hai lasciato le tue impronte anche su questa isola????
Ormai ti manca solo Pisa e il giro del mondo è completo.
Bella foto e bella condivisione, come ho detto a Craig, penso che si respiri un'aria molto particolare su questa terra, carica di stot e di enigmi.
rychem (23964) 2014-03-09 9:50
Ta wyspa jest rzeczywiscie fenomenem, tyle o niej pisano, a tyle tam jescze tajemnic, zdjecie reportazowe i fajnie pokazuje te rzezby
boa (6075) 2014-03-09 13:28
it was a pity that i did not visit Easter Island when i was in Chile recently. My plans was a 4-days visit in Valparaiso which did not allowed me to go here. Hopefully i will return to Chile again..This is not a perfectly technical quality shot, but as i have said many times Before: The mood and the impression are most important for me! I like this scene where the statues look out over the sea, looking for..yes, who knows:) It is still hard to understand how an old civilization managed to erect these giants, 82 tons, wow! I read a book about Easter Island when i was a kid and i can still remember how interesting it was to read about these silent giants. Tfs!
Kamilutka (8095) 2014-03-09 14:49
milo sie czyta Twoja notatke, a zdjecie ladnie ilustruje zawarta w niej informacje. Wyspa Wielkanocna to takze jednen z moich wymarzonych kierunkow, kto wie...moze i mi sie uda tam wybrac. Twoje zdjecie zdecydowanie mnie inspiruje :-) Bardoz ladny kadr z delikatna linia wzgorza i posagami odcianjacymi sie od zieleni trawy.
Morze na horyzoncie dodaje dodatkowego koloru calosci.
batalay (35739) 2014-03-09 16:31
I like very much the reclining, leisurely moai that you've presented here, along with a very good note. You are right about the published numbers and almost all of them, but not all, face inward. Some of the statues remain unfinished in the quarry were they were carved, others were exported to the Mainland of Chile, and to museums in more developed countries (Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, Harvard...). Great shot, Malgo.
fritzi007 (6057) 2014-03-09 16:42
schon als Kind habe ich von dieser Insel einen Buch gelesen, ich war fasziniert, das Buch habe ich noch irgendwo, es ist auch ein Film gedreht worden.
Dein Foto ist perfekt, gratuliere!
dkmurphys (50008) 2014-03-10 0:56
I like this open space composition with the ancient stone figures. Lovely place, well taken.
macjake (57074) 2014-03-10 11:10
haha...i know this place well, and i have a very similar photo - perhaps I should post it as well :)
this place is so magical isn't it. Too bad we couldn't spend even more time on the Island. Makes me wonder if local people take it for granted or not.
excellent viewpoint, one of the best on the island.
gotta love the clouds too, you had a nice day for taking photos. I bet you went to visit the 15 Moai just down the road didn't you! haha
Ninello52 (7572) 2014-03-11 13:42
Beautiful color contrast between the landscape in the foreground, the sea and the sky on the bottom! Also interesting is the way in which you handled the exposure! Brava!
Best Regards, Nino.
ktanska (24904) 2014-03-12 13:45
Your latest uploads really offer a wild ride across different corners of the earth!
Well chosen title, those moais indeed seem to lean back and enjoy the sun. The path adds sense of perspective and the sea is a good background.
ChrisJ (99212) 2014-03-12 15:21
From this angle it does indeed look like the original Rapinui inhabitants cut down every last tree for rollers to transport these massive carved stones and also for dwellings. The environment might never recover although I know there are a few coconut palms along the beach thanks to Batalays uploads. Tfs!
elenimavrandoni (14259) 2014-03-15 18:01
Malgo, this is a beautiful landscape!! This is the Chile that I like!!
enjoy your journeys wherever you are in the world!!