Living up to a Name: Chilean Patagonia’s Enchanted Forest Trail

Chilco, or fuchsia magellanica, at home in the wild

Chilco, or fuchsia magellanica, at home in the wild in Queulat National Park

One way, the Enchanted Forest Trail covers less than two kilometers of southern Chile’s pristine Queulat National Park. But between its trailhead set in a lush dense evergreen forest and its terminus on a cliff above a clear and clean turquoise-tinted glacier-fed lagoon, it packs a lot into those 1.1 miles. Its name fits.

Located 35 kilometers south of Puyuhuapi on the Carretera Austral, Chile’s remote southern Patagonian highway, it’s an easy day trip and worth the effort it’ll take in securing transportation. Even the ride there, across an entertaining and photogenic stretch of gravel road that includes more than thirty hairpin turns that climb and descend through the park’s various altitudinal zones, is memorable for both the bumpy ride and its dynamic scenery.

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Non Violence – Pic du Jour

Non Violence (1997) by Carl Fredrik Reutersward, Lausanne

This is Non Violence (1997) by Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd at the Olympic Park in Lausanne, Switzerland. It’s the first sculpture that popped into mind for monument, the theme for this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge.

This one was taken during a visit to Lausanne in July 2010; I also have a color version from a 2008 trip and a shot of another cast of the same sculpture in Gothenburg, Sweden taken in 2006. Those are two of several casts; one is in front of the United Nations Headquarters in New York City.


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Ljubljana, Slovenia | Travel & Stock Image Gallery 1

A winter scene in Ljubljana, Slovenia's central Prešeren Square.

A little bit of snow and slush in Prešeren Square. Ljubljana, 4-Dec-2012. Purchase print here. Or greeting card here.

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Ljubljana, capital city of Slovenia.

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The Seven Most Important Things I Learned About Blogging Last Month – March 2014 Blog Report

Ljubljana station, 08-Apr-2014

Catching the train into April

That’s typical of the kinds of headlines I don’t really care for, yet a style bloggers are being told they need to write in order to quench the thirst of the SEO beast. I’ve never liked that least common denominator approach, hate myself when I do it so have decided it will cease before it becomes too ingrained. Blogging rules be damned. Happy spring.

I didn’t write the rules, why should I follow them?photographer W. Eugene Smith

Much like the entire month has been across the planet, Piran Café the blog was a bit fickle in March.

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