Chile.

Hey, hey.  I’ve decided to post a few/a lot of photographs from my three weeks in Chile.  It was ultimately a trip filled with more fun and love and friendship and laughter than photography, but here some of my favorites.

do enjoy, won’t you?  And why wouldn’t you enjoy?  What? You don’t like looking at other people’s vacation photos?!  I’ve never heard of such a thing….

Santiago:

Modern, prosperous, beautiful Santiago with the Andes all pinked up.

Modern, prosperous, beautiful Santiago with the Andes all pinked up.

Venturing into the only gritty (read: interesting) part of the city, I went to Mercado Central and found this little gato.

Venturing into the only gritty (read: interesting) part of the city, I went to Mercado Central and found this little gato.

huevos y una mujer. (i

huevos y una mujer. (i'm practicing)

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I'm both terrified and elated that this woman looks like my grandmother. And therefore me.

asantiago021asantiago028Patagonia.  What?  I spent five days here.  I went through Cascada travel and stayed at EcoCamp. If you have any desire to go to this region of the world, and really you should, stay here.  It’s an incredible experience.

Did this really happen?  Was I really at the right place at the right time to watch two cubs playing and then listen for their mother?

Did this really happen? Was I really at the right place at the right time to watch two cubs playing and then listen for their mother?

Oh, look.  Mom.  Just in from the grocery store.

Oh, look. Mom. Just in from the grocery store.

Stop it.  I could have gone home after this moment.  It happened in about the first 15 minutes of my trip here.

Stop it. I could have gone home after this moment. It happened in about the first 15 minutes of my trip here.

Pretty much the happiest I

Pretty much the happiest I've been in years. Photo by Backer McKenzie.

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Eco Camp!! My Smurf Village dream come true.

Eco Camp!! My Smurf Village dream come true.

Inside my dome.  Patagonia has incredibly harsh weather, but these little pods stayed perfectly warm.

Inside my dome. Patagonia has incredibly harsh weather, but these little pods stayed perfectly warm.

Inside one of the main dining domes.  The bar area.  (the BAR AREA!!!!!!)

Inside one of the main dining domes. The bar area. (the BAR AREA!!!!!!)

The dining domes.

The dining domes.

Apparently hurricanes are very common in their Summer months.  That

Apparently hurricanes are very common in their Summer months. That's the front side of a hurricane coming across the lake. It made for a very long and rainy and windy day, though you wouldn't be able to tell looking at this photo.

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I'm sorry. I couldn't resist.

I can

I can't help it, I'm sorry for putting three vista shots in a row. It's Patagonia. That's my excuse.

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Our first site of Grey Glacier.  It

Our first site of Grey Glacier. It's 20 miles long.

Iceberg.  I mentioned we have a shaving cream that comes in a similar shade of blue.  That didn

Iceberg. I mentioned we have a shaving cream that comes in a similar shade of blue. That didn't go over so well.

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Observe my deft photoshop skills. I just wanted to show some scale before I showed more Gray Glacier love.

Observe my deft photoshop skills. I just wanted to show some scale before I showed more Gray Glacier love.

We were a 1/2 mile away from the glacier when I took this.  Tis large.

We were a 1/2 mile away from the glacier when I took this. Tis large.

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Lake Pehoe.

Lake Pehoe.

The lawn mower at eco camp.

The lawn mower at eco camp.

My new friends.  This is how hard we laughed all five days of our time together in Torres Del Paine.

My new friends. This is how hard we laughed all five days of our time together in Torres Del Paine.

The park was so incredibly different every day. These trees were particular pretty to me. (Patagonia is the region, Torres Del Paine is the park).

The park was so incredibly different every day. These trees were particular pretty to me. (Patagonia is the region, Torres Del Paine is the park).

Photograph by Backer McKenzie.

Photograph by Backer McKenzie.

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PUCON!  Pucon is a very touristy, but very fun, ‘adventure capitol’ of Chile.  It had a kindof Alps village vibe, but it was perfect for a solo traveler.  Lots of things to do, lots of fun people doing it all.

My apologies again. I couldn

My apologies again. I couldn't resist. This was from the chair lift on the way to the base of the Mt Villarica, a live volcano.

The summit.  And all the people who are ahead of us.

The summit. And all the people who are ahead of us.

And all the people behind us!

And all the people behind us!

Can I use the term litter when talking about volcanoes?  If so, then this area of the world is littered with volcanoes. Her are three or four, from the side of one.

Can I use the term litter when talking about volcanoes? If so, then this area of the world is littered with volcanoes. Here are three or four, from the side of one.

We make most of

We make most of 'em here in the U.S., but we still export a few.

 Just trying to make friends with the locals, that

Just trying to make friends with the locals, that's all.

Valparaiso is an UNESCO world heritage site and a colorful, funky, cool, colorful little port city. The street art here is the best I’ve ever even heard of.  Not that I hear that much about street art, but you know…

Fish markets smell pretty good.  Namely in 90 degree weather.

Fish markets smell pretty good. Namely in 90 degree weather.

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This was on the top of a street.

This was on the top of a street.

And this was at the bottom of the street.

And this was at the bottom of the street.

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This is an ascensor.  A hillside tram that has taken people up and down Valparaiso

This is an ascensor. A hillside tram that has taken people up and down Valparaiso's steep hills for 100 years.

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February 14, 2010 - 8:41 pm

Tamara Lackey - lovely, lovely, awesome gorgeousness. why wasn’t i invited, tara? why oh why oh why? i could’ve been one of those laughing people who also caught the right moment with the ridiculously adorable cubs and who also have been so impressed with the lawn mower and i could’ve been your backer or at least given backer somewhat of a break and those dome beds would have been perfect for us and i simply don’t understand but seriously gorgeous photographs sigh.

February 15, 2010 - 5:53 am

Amy Ryan - i felt like i was there! these photos are awesome! don’t apologize for rainbows!

February 15, 2010 - 1:04 pm

Iva - These pictures are AMAZING! You look so happy – love it! I am so glad you had such a wonderful time in one of the most beautiful places in the world. Love you!

February 15, 2010 - 6:49 pm

Jordan Allred - Love the pics, Tara! I lived in Valpo and the surrounding area for 2 years. Amazing city, people and culture!

February 15, 2010 - 7:59 pm

Cassi - Hey! LOVE the blog and LOVE Hitched Studios all together 😉 I follow it daily. It thrills me to see you succeeding and LOVING what you do! You’ve grown into an even MORE amazing photographer over the last couple years… keep it up! I’m in love with your Chile images- Jordan loves them too!

Peace. xoxoxo

March 11, 2010 - 6:52 am

rachel darley - Oh my. These are so incredibly fantastic. And why are you even apologizing for the landscape photos?!?! That rainbow shot made me drool on my computer desk =) Chile is such a wonderful place! I’ve only stayed at Punta Arenas, and everything about that country, its people, and culture is beautiful!

March 24, 2010 - 5:37 pm

Lauren - AWESOME PHOTOS!!!! I kept scrolling up and down a bunch of times, I couldn’t get enough. Just found your blog on the Beantown Brides blog!! Great seeing local photographer’s work.

Good stuff!

April 21, 2010 - 4:05 pm

Paula Donnelly - Stunning. I hope you don’t mind if I borrow some of them and pass them off as being from our trip to the Argentine side of Patagonia :) I found it so hard to capture the colors and scope of a glacier so it’s good to know it can actually be done – much to learn!

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