Nasca (Nazca) geoglyphs, Peru desert. The desert surface is covered by a layer
of dark stones lying on top of fine yellow sediment left by an ancient alluvial
deposit. The markings were made by simply moving the stones to one side as on
a giant scraper board. In places the surface is so fragile that even footsteps
clearing is 580 metres long and roughly 25kms almost due west of Nasca town. The
Ingenio valley can be seen at the top right, and towards the bottom of the picture
straight lines lead to more straight lines in the Andean foothills. Even today
this is one of the least damaged geoglyphs. Another image also called a pelican
is on the left of the clearing. The lace-like markings are part of an alluvial
fan. Please note this picture was taken with the camera upside down.
MPP Microflex Twin Lens Reflex with F3.5 77.5mm Taylor Taylor Hobson lens. Film
Kodak Verichrome Pan at F5.6 - 1/300 second with a 3 x orange filter (Actina)
to increase the contrast between the stones and the yellow sediment. Developed
by hand in Lima using Kodak Microdol at normal dilution.
Peru 63-45-06 © Tony Morrison