Fall prevails at end of the world

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© Saroj Swain
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UploadedSeptember 30, 2013
TakenMay 30, 2009
Exposure1/250 sec at f/3.5
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Focal Length6.3 mm
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Punta Arenas is so close to the Antarctic shelf that its influence, the “Antarctic accent,” is quite evident in the climate. The area is receives strong westward winds almost year-round, which is a factor in the topography of the Patagonian steppes, which have little flora. Due to the fact that Punta Arenas is in the rain shadow of the lower Andes, the city is one of the driest in Chile. Vegetation cover around the city is scarce and the climate is semi-arid. Though not exactly a desert like parts of the Argentinean steppes, rainfall is well under 20 inches (50 cm) a year.
Winters are long and summers are short. I am fortunate to travel during the fall season. But for me it was extreme climate and I could enjoy with a warm Jacket.

Temperature variations over the course of the year, like variations in wind speed and direction, are quite minor in Punta Arenas. The warmest month is January, with average temperatures in the low 50s (10-12°C). The coldest month, July, hovers around freezing (32°F or 0°C). The cool temperatures are partly due to the Peruvian Humboldt current and other water effects that create the “Antarctic accent.”

14 responses

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (30 Sep 2013):

    A beautiful shot of this elegant tree and the folliage around it....Good narrative as well.

  • Lynn E. Harvey

    Lynn E. Harvey gave props (30 Sep 2013):

    I agree with Andrea, so lovely.

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (30 Sep 2013):

    Destined to become a Golden Oldie in JPG's Theme Park...

  • Carlo Pagan

    Carlo Pagan gave props (30 Sep 2013):

    Perfect and beautiful!!!

  • Talisha (Tally) Sachlis

    Talisha (Tally) Sachlis   gave props (30 Sep 2013):

    Excellent Fall photo for the theme. Love the framing/centering of this capture. Good luck, Saroj--this has to make the blog!

  • Ioana Caravan

    Ioana Caravan   gave props (30 Sep 2013):

    Beautiful image and fall colors. Excellent entry!

  • rekha nag

    rekha nag gave props (1 Oct 2013):

    Wow Saroj! What an entry!!

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (1 Oct 2013):


  • Patrick Marella

    Patrick Marella gave props (2 Oct 2013):

    Wonderful capture !

  • Barbara Kurth

    Barbara Kurth said (2 Oct 2013):

    Nice picture. Beautiful colors.

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda (Deleted) gave props (2 Oct 2013):

    Lovely entry, Saroj

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett gave props (6 Oct 2013):

    So lovely, almost haunting scene

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker gave props (6 Oct 2013):

    perfect fall representation!

  • Merike Mäll

    Merike Mäll gave props (18 Oct 2013):

    me võime nüüd oma maailma kokku viia--minu kodumaal on prargu selline loodus

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