RAPA NUI NIGHTS.
Image Credit & Copyright: Manel Soria. CLICK image for larger view and look below for information and related links.
What a powerful image by yet another brilliant photographer, Manel Soria of the Milky Way, our star city over the great Moai at Ahu Tongariki, Rapa Nui or Easter Island. Once damaged by civil war and swept inland by tsunami, these massive multi-ton monolithic statues, carved from the Rano Raraku volcano, survived the test of time and abuse to be restored almost to where they once were (they all had hats) with work completed in 1996. If you ever get the chance to travel to Easter Island as I some day hope to, stop in and see Paro and the rest of the famous 15 and many of the other 887 inland-facing carvings as well as the amazing Rano Kau volcano crater.
You may be wondering where the world’s most remote inhabited island got its name. On April 5, 1722 Dutch explorer Jacob Roggeveen “discovered” the island. That date just happened to be Easter that year on that particular calendar so that’s what he named it….Paasch-Eyland; which is Dutch for Easter Island.
Manel Soria Photography: http://frikosal.blogspot.com/
UNESCO page for Easter Island: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/715