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
complex area of straight line markings, long narrow trapezoids, and paths with
stone piles, and a design thought to be a bird. In 1963 the bird was known as
the Pelican and at that time was the largest of the animal drawings known on the
desert. The eyes were 10.2 metres across and very faint as they had not been cleaned
by Maria Reiche, the German mathematician who was trying to solve the mystery
of the geoglyphs. This complex is approximately 24 kms northwest of Nasca town
close to the edge of the Ingenio river valley.
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 63-45-07© Tony Morrison