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Patagonia's Los Glaciares
Patagonia is a region comprised of the southern third of Chile and Argentina. Los Glaciares National Park, a world heritage site, is located in southern Argentina. It is best known for its several glaciers, Perito Moreno Glacier being the most prominent. (See the separate gallery on this glacier.) It is also known for its Fitz Roy mountain, outstanding hiking and mountain climbing, and high winds. After visiting Perito Moreno Glacier we traveled to the small outpost of El Chalten located at the north end of Los Glaciares to photograph Fritz Roy and the surrounding area. After viewing this gallery, if you have not done so, be sure to view Patagonia's Torres del Paine gallery and the two glacier galleries.
We had been traveling for several hours in our two buses crossing the high desert plains east of the southern Andes. It's not much to look at, but then in the far horizon we began to see Fitz Roy. After driving another 30 miles we had this impressive view taken from the moving bus.
Fitz Roy Chalten, as it is officially named, is 11,168 feet high. The peak to its left is Poincenot, standing at 9847 feet. How lucky we were to arrive on such a clear day to view these spectacular mountains.
Several mornings we arose well before dawn to drive back to the location where we photographed Fitz Roy Chalten when we first arrived. We sat on the bus for about 30 minutes waiting for the light. It was bitterly cold and windy, but then this soft pink began to appear over the mountain and we hustled out of the bus with our tripod-mounted cameras to capture this scene.
We stayed at the site for another hour hoping for another burst of sunlight on the mountains, but the clouds only grew thicker. So, with the clouds creating soft, even light, I made this monochromatic photo.