Number 16: White tops in the Chilean Andes
Over a five-year period, I lived in north-central Chile where I worked at the international astronomical Gemini Observatory. Part of my responsibilities included nighttime-observing of a few nights in duration at the Gemini South telescope which is situated in the lower-Andes. Along the same ridge on which Gemini South sits is the SOAR Observatory, whose telescope appears in the photo above. Both telescopes are on Cerro Pachon at a height of 2800 metres (about 9000 feet) where the view and sunsets are spectacular. In the background to the east are mountains forming the north-south spine of the Andes where Chile and Argentina meet.
I made the photo above in late-winter on 2 August 2008. This post appears on Fotoeins Wide at fotowide.wordpress.com.