Infrared Images of Moray

Moray, Cusco, Peru


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This blog post was written in Spanish and then translated to English. That means the writing is simple.

Esta verano yo trabajé con Concord Consortium en un proyecto para construir Google Streetview con fotos infrarrojos. Yo escribí un programa que junta muchas fotos en un foto panorámico (se puede ver una versión aquí: <iframe href=”http://energy.concord.org/irstreetview/”></iframe>).

Traje una cámara infrarroja (FLIR ONE Pro) a Perú y saqué algunos fotos del sitio arqueológico Moray. Es posible que Moray fuera un laboratorio agrícolo que las Incas usaron para cultivar cosechas en alturas altas. Cada nivel mide dos metros y los científicos piensan que las Incas movían las cosechas a la siguiente nivel cada dos o tres generaciones para que las cosechas adaptarán a la altura y a diferentes temperaturas. Es obvio que hay diferencias en la altura en Moray, pero lo interesante es que la guía turística me dijo que también hay grandes diferencias en la temperatura.

This summer I worked with the Concord Consortium on a project to create Google Streetview with infrared photos. I wrote a program that combines many photos into a panoramic photo (you can see a version here: energy.concord.org/irstreetview/).

I brought an infrared camera (FLIR ONE Pro) to Peru and took some photos of the archaeological site Moray. It is possible that Moray was an agricultural laboratory that the Incas used to cultivate crops in high altitudes. Each level is two meters tall and scientists think that the Incas moved the crops to the next level every two or three generations so that the crops adapt to the altitude and temperature differences. It is obvious that there are differences in altitude at Moray, but the interesting thing is that the tour guide told me that there are also big temperature differences between the levels.

Visual light image of Moray

Entonces saqué la cámara infrarroja y saqué fotos de Moray para enterarme de si hay grandes diferencias en la temperatura. Y se puede ver en los fotos, ¡sí hay! Es posible que estos fotos sean las primeras imágenes infrarrojos de Moray.

So I took out the infrared camera and took photos of Moray to find out if there are big differences in temperature. And you can see from the photos there are! It is possible that these photos are the first infrared images of Moray.

Infrared Images of Moray

Oh, y también fuimos a Machu Picchu — era increíble y es una lástima que no yo tenga tiempo para dedicar otro entrada de blog a Machu Picchu. Allí, conocimos a una profesora de la escuela primaria de Australia y paseamos con ella en la lluvia.

Oh, and we also went to Machu Picchu — it was incredible and it is a shame that I don’t have time to dedicate another blog post to Machu Picchu. There, we met a primary school teacher from Australia and walked around with her in the rain.

We walked a few hours into Aguas Calientes, the town at the base of Machu Picchu the day before we went up. Our walk there was beautiful, but unfortunately the next day was pouring rain.