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Filming and Conservation: Patagonia- Melimoyu Bay- Part 2

Melimoyu Bay – Chilean Patagonia

Part 2 (wishing for Part 3)

As our stay in Melimoyu neared it’s end, I was once more astonished that time had gone all too fast. This happens almost every expedition in the field and yet, the surprise is still the same. With a few days of sun at the start, a middle dampened by rain, our last 2 days were warm and sunny. But then the inevitable travel day arrived: our bags packed, our cameras awaiting a plane…and we watched as hummingbirds flitted about, birds swooped into the river, seals and dolphins played in the bay, the sun bounced off the water in that cliché sparkle. I kid you not! And so it is- and should be – nature doing it’s own thing, irrespective of our human agenda. Always a good reminder of who is in control. Lucky for us though, in the end, we have what we need – though we could always use more images, more footage, more time…

Gorgeous walk into the Melimoyu ecosystem

Gorgeous walk into the Melimoyu ecosystem

Thanks to the arrival of Warren Adams, the visionary behind Patagonia Sur‘s land conservation project, the non-profit MERI exists in Melimoyu and is beginning to thrive. With Warren’s arrival on site (after rain delayed his local flight) we had access to a helicopter for the day. This luxury never gets old- a smooth ride over an incredible landscape, close to the sun but not too close so as to burn our wings. The flight over the Melimoyu Bay, up past the 9kms stretch of protected undulating land, landing by the glacier, with a waterfall/river/mountain tour on the way back to home base by the bay was, without a doubt, a spectacular perspective on how grand this place is and how small we are in it’s shadow.

Glacier near our heli landing on Mt. Melimoyu

Glacier near our heli landing on Mt. Melimoyu

My mind began to formulate in more detail the visual stories I will produce about this area- the first project is going to be about MERI (Melimoyu Ecosystem Research Center) and will be produced by my non-profit, CauseCentric Productions. The project and the film are created from the very inspiration that is created by  this place and the people that believe in protecting it.

I left with the same feeling I had when our little plane first punched through the clouds and I caught sight of where I was- it was the desire to return. And so I plot…

Rafaela Landea and Felipe Zepeda of MERI- out in the rain with the frogs!

Rafaela Landea and Felipe Zepeda of MERI- out in the rain with the frogs!

Find the frog...

Find the frog…