20090315 Rapa Nui, Day 1

Second day on Rapa Nui. The first full day. John and I decide to take an un-guided bike ride around the island. We didn't actually literally mean 'around', but ended up riding 1/3 of it. A memorable ride; location, scenery, and difficulty (which just means I'm out of shape). I had to walk the bike up the dirt/rock road back to Explora. I was done, nothing left.

The ride started at Explora. We went up the valley between Maunga Okoro (326) and Maunga Pui (302), then down to sea level. Past Ahu Nau Nau (no photos). Stopped at Playa de Anakena; I thought John left without me, but he was swimming. I took off towards Maunga Puakatiki (370), based on a sign that said Ahu Tongariki was 11km that way. After a mix of dirt/pavement, Tongariki finally showed up.

By then I was spent. Stopped at Rano Raraku for some water. Shortly after, John caught up, and we stuggled back to Explora.

After lunch (water) and a nap (two hours), John and I took the "cave" tour to the west coast. Passing by (two large volcanic out croppings) Motu Tautara, ending up at Ahu Tahai, just outside Hanga Roa.


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First stop on the bike ride was Playa de Anakena.



Canon EOS 40D with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 73.0 mm; 1/1600 sec, f/4.0, ISO 100



Canon EOS 40D with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 70.0 mm; 1/1000 sec, f/4.0, ISO 100



Canon EOS 40D with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 105.0 mm; 1/640 sec, f/4.0, ISO 100



Canon EOS 40D with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 105.0 mm; 1/1250 sec, f/4.0, ISO 100



Canon EOS 40D with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 24.0 mm; 1/800 sec, f/4.0, ISO 100



Canon EOS 40D with Sigma 50-500mm f/4-6.3 APO HSM EX at 500.0 mm; 1/1000 sec, f/6.4, ISO 100





Canon EOS 40D with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 60.0 mm; 1/2000 sec, f/4.0, ISO 100



Canon EOS 40D with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 45.0 mm; 1/2000 sec, f/4.0, ISO 100
When LAN Chile flew over to land, I knew I was late. Scheduled to arrive 11:30am (maybe 12:30pm, since we flipped daylight savings the night before).



Canon EOS 40D with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 24.0 mm; 1/1250 sec, f/4.0, ISO 100
Ahu Tongariki, the 15 Moai.



Canon EOS 40D with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 24.0 mm; 1/1250 sec, f/4.0, ISO 100



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Canon EOS 40D with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 24.0 mm; 1/320 sec, f/4.0, ISO 100



Canon EOS 40D with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 24.0 mm; 1/320 sec, f/4.0, ISO 100



Canon EOS 40D with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 35.0 mm; 1/800 sec, f/4.0, ISO 100



Canon EOS 40D with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 24.0 mm; 1/1000 sec, f/4.0, ISO 100
Ahu Akivi, the seven Moai looking out to the ocean. Well, not exactly, since there is a lot of land between them and the ocean.



Canon EOS 40D with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 24.0 mm; 1/640 sec, f/4.0, ISO 100



Canon EOS 40D with Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L at 24.0 mm; 1/1000 sec, f/4.0, ISO 100



Canon EOS 40D with Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L at 24.0 mm; 1/1000 sec, f/4.0, ISO 100



Canon EOS 40D with Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L at 24.0 mm; 1/640 sec, f/4.0, ISO 100



Canon EOS 40D with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 24.0 mm; 1/40 sec, f/4.0, ISO 100



Canon EOS 40D with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 24.0 mm; 6 sec, f/4.0, ISO 100



Canon EOS 40D with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 24.0 mm; 2 sec, f/4.0, ISO 100



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John and guide in a lava cave, under a break to the surface.



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Canon EOS 40D with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 90.0 mm; 1/4000 sec, f/4.0, ISO 100
A bad omen for the next day.



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Canon EOS 40D with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 24.0 mm; 1/2500 sec, f/4.0, ISO 100
A bad omen for the next day.



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One of the fallen Moai. Just depressing. Possibly Ahu Te Peu.



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Canon EOS 40D with Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 at 20.0 mm; 1/800 sec, f/5.7, ISO 100



Canon EOS 40D with Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 at 10.0 mm; 1/1600 sec, f/4.0, ISO 100



Canon EOS 40D with Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 at 20.0 mm; 1/640 sec, f/5.7, ISO 100



Canon EOS 40D with Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 at 16.0 mm; 1/800 sec, f/5.7, ISO 100
We hiked (walked) along this cliff for about an hour.



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Canon EOS 40D with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 55.0 mm; 1/125 sec, f/8.0, ISO 100



Canon EOS 40D with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 99.0 mm; 1/250 sec, f/8.0, ISO 100
....through fields of....flowers.



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Canon EOS 40D with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 24.0 mm; 1/25 sec, f/9.9, ISO 100
...to end up at a cave with two windows looking over the ocean. The entrance to the cave is tiny, allowing for easy defense. When blocked in, they could use ropes to climb to the water and fish. Punta Cook?



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Canon EOS 40D with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 24.0 mm; 1/6 sec, f/9.9, ISO 100
A wise John stayed far away from the edge.



Canon EOS 40D with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 24.0 mm; 1/6 sec, f/9.9, ISO 100
Not so for Bri.



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Our reward for a fun hike, Ahu Tahai, the Moai with the coral eyes.



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Canon EOS 40D with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 99.0 mm; 1/50 sec, f/4.6, ISO 100



Canon EOS 40D with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 99.0 mm; 1/80 sec, f/4.6, ISO 100



Canon EOS 40D with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 50.0 mm; 1/20 sec, f/4.6, ISO 100



Canon EOS 40D with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 35.0 mm; 1/40 sec, f/4.6, ISO 100
Not exactly ideal conditions. The sun setting behind, dark clouds and rain.



Canon EOS 40D with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 24.0 mm; 1/50 sec, f/4.6, ISO 100



Canon EOS 40D with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 67.0 mm; 1/100 sec, f/4.6, ISO 100



Canon EOS 40D with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 105.0 mm; 1/20 sec, f/4.6, ISO 100



Canon EOS 40D with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 50.0 mm; 1/30 sec, f/4.6, ISO 100



Canon EOS 40D with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 50.0 mm; 1/100 sec, f/4.6, ISO 100



Canon EOS 40D with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 50.0 mm; 1/160 sec, f/4.6, ISO 100
But even crappy conditions can make for nice photos. Ahu Tahai, lots of rain, and a sunset.



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