Aku-Aku Eclipse

Easter Island

July 11th, 2010

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Ana Kai Tangata

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Also near the airport is this cove with a cave that's home to rock paintings.

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Descending into the cave, we see the rock paintings at the left. The green markings in the middle are natural.

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It's a little hard to make out the paintings, but they're clearly artificial. Materials available on the island made for a limited palette of colours for such work.

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The rock formations on the left are completely natural but struck me as a surrealist's vision of tormented souls. Click the image to view the enlargement for more detail.

by John Walker
July 20th, 2010
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