So much depends…

note the small splash of red

…/ upon / a red wheel / barrow / glazed with rain / water / beside the white / chickens ~William Carlos Williams

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References

Websites

Humberstone and Santa Laura Saltpeter Works World Heritage page

The Humberstone and Santa Laura Saltpeter Works site (Chile), removed from the List of World Heritage in Danger/

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Weights and Measures

*At each nitrate works there shall be a balance and a bar placed outdoors alongside the company store to compare weights and measures.”

Quoted above is a demand of the workers in the 1907 “18 Pence Strike.” This name referrs to the amount of a wage for a particular mining workers.

Another demand was *While the tokens are being abolished and pay is starting to be given in legal tender, each oficina, its Manager representing it and pledging compliance, shall agree to accept tokens from every other oficina on a par with its own, paying a fine of 50,000 pesos for every refusal to do so.”

The organization of workers is one of the patrimonies from Humberstone and other Saltpeter Villages referred to by the World Heritage committee.

The “bar and balance” of the quoted demand is a scale. The balance scale, below, is from our day visiting Humberstone.

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References

Wikipedia: “Santa MarĂ­a School massacre.”

Websites

Humberstone and Santa Laura Saltpeter Works World Heritage page

The Humberstone and Santa Laura Saltpeter Works site (Chile), removed from the List of World Heritage in Danger/

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Humble and Worn

Handheld

Irreplaceable and well worn. Well worn for being irreplaceable by dint of access, distance and commonality.

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References

Websites

Humberstone and Santa Laura Saltpeter Works World Heritage page

The Humberstone and Santa Laura Saltpeter Works site (Chile), removed from the List of World Heritage in Danger/

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Contemplation II repost

Climb down the cliff stair, 223 of them, to this quiet place.

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Quern Stone

Neolithic technology

Neolithic peoples are the first known to use stones such as this to grind seed and grain into flower. The lower, stationary, stone is a quern. A pitted grinding surface is a required quern characteristic and this one has that, I cannot see how a rounded, unstable bottom, is helpful. The upper, called a handstone, well polished from use.

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References

Wikipedia: “quern” and “metate.”

Websites

Humberstone and Santa Laura Saltpeter Works World Heritage page

The Humberstone and Santa Laura Saltpeter Works site (Chile), removed from the List of World Heritage in Danger/

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Stoves and Ovens

La Cocina

“Mesa” in Spanish translates to “table.” A tall, flat plateau is called a mesa for the similarity to a table. Mesa can also mean dining, as translated on this sign.

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Looking through my photographs, nothing for dining stands out. Neither, on the Humberstone map I cannot find either the dining or kitchen areas.

I find the wood floor in these photographs puzzling as wood is flammable and ashes fall. Stove and oven doors above and below both open directly to the floor. In the restoration, it is possible all the cooking apparatus was moved to one building with a wooden floor.

It appears these ovens were crafted from local material.

References

Websites

Humberstone and Santa Laura Saltpeter Works World Heritage page

The Humberstone and Santa Laura Saltpeter Works site (Chile), removed from the List of World Heritage in Danger/

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Contemplation I repost

Climb down the cliff stair, 223 of them, to this quiet place.

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Worker Homes

The token system

Ten on the map is listed as “casas obreros”, translated to English as “workers homes.”

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Abandoned since at least the 1960s, the homes are completely empty of furnishings and show the wear of sixty years.

We walked the dusty streets, grateful for the calm atmospheric conditions, imagining what life was like for the workers of Humberstone.

They had each other amidst the vast emptiness of the desert.

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Click me for the first post of this series, “Iquique By Sea I.”

References

Websites

Humberstone and Santa Laura Saltpeter Works World Heritage page

The Humberstone and Santa Laura Saltpeter Works site (Chile), removed from the List of World Heritage in Danger/

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Little Red Maple

First to flower, first to turn

Red Maple (Acer Rubrum)

The Red Maple (Acer Rubrum) is tolerant of diverse conditions, making it a perfect choice for this  spot on the short of Beebe Lake.

Maple Syrup

Even though it is not a “Sugar Maple, early spring, the sap can be boiled down to syrup.

Turning Tree

The first to flower in spring and the first to turn in autumn.

From the Top Down

This maple turns from the top down and is already bare for most top branches.

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A Perfect Afternoon On Beebee Lake repost

Anticipating Our Tenth Wedding Anniversary

After work on a 2008 Friday afternoon in October we sped over to Beebee Lake on the Cornell University Campus to catch the late afternoon glow……

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