Our living room view of the foot hills of the Andes gives us a chance to observe the subtle changes produced by light and atmospheric effects. The pictures above give you an idea. Can you see which one shows the volcanic ash? Last Sunday night I went to the terrace to take down some clothes that were drying and the sky was very overcast along the horizon and the trees draped in what appeared to be mist, as if a massive fog had rolled in. But we don’t get fog here. What was it? The next morning the paper informed us that the Puyehue volcano in southern Chile had sent more ash into the atmosphere causing more airport closures and for the first time, several ash days in Mendoza! The first post ever on this blog was about the major eruption of Puyehue in June/July. We are watching this closely because we hope to be biking in the area come January.
Satelite photo from July 2, 2010
June 8, 2011. Ash from Volcán Puyehue covering Lake Nahuel Huapi in Bariloche, Argentina.