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The Place
Late afternoon in Rapa Nui (a.k.a. Easter Island or Isla de Pascua). This is the Ahu Tongiriki, on the east side of the island.
On Easter Sunday 1722, Easter Island's 1400 years of isolation ended when three Dutch ships under the command of Jacob Roggeveen sighted the island.
After the Dutch, the Spanish under Don Felipe Gonzalez de Haedo were the next to arrive, in 1770. Captain James Cook stopped briefly in 1774, during his second voyage to the South Seas.
They found most of the Moais toppled, as shown here, due to the internal wars between clans. But the damage brought by those wars pale in comparison to the catastrophic effects of their discovery by the western world on the island society.

There are more explanation about Moais in this photo.

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This day started very early in the morning to take this sunrise. Later that day we went again to the same place and I took this photo. The clouds were giving some shadow on the mountain behind, so there is a good contrast with the main subject.
I am not sure if the lonely Moai in the foreground is original or it was set there as tourist attraction. According to the logic of positioning of the Moais, I think that this is fake (I mean the Moai itself is real, but the position is not original).

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Additional Photos by Jorge Muller (Bruno40) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 952 W: 106 N: 1451] (6658)
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