Torres del Paine, Patagonia

kdogkdog artistically challengedSan Jose, CAPosts: 11,416Administrators moderator

Here are the pictures from the second half of my recent trip to Patagonia, Torres del Paine National Park in Chile.

1) This is a Guanaco, essentially a south American llama, there are quite a few of them in the park.

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3) Pretty tough pre-dawn hike up to Mirador Base Las Torres, the towers were entirely shrouded in fog when we got there, along with probably a dozen other people. After waiting for three hours in wind, rain and cold, the weather finally broke enough to get some light on the towers. I was the only photographer left at that point and so the only person in the world to get this shot that day. :smile:

4) Passed this glacier fed waterfall on the way down. You can drink directly from the streams in Patagonia.

5) Early morning pano of Cerro Paine Grande (2750 meters) on the left and Cuernos del Paine (2600 meters) on the right. Cuernos means horn in Spanish. That taller spire is the horn. These are the highest peaks in the park. This was an easy 3 mile or so hike each way.

6) Some snaps from the hike back.

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12) Some early morning drama from a different location, after a long wait in the rain. It never did clear up enough to get a better shot.

13) A Chilean horse chilling out.

I think that's about enough for now... Thanks for looking and I hope you enjoyed the shots.
Joel

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  • David_S85David_S85 Spotter of Dgrin Spam and Oddities ChicagolandPosts: 12,233Administrators moderator

    Overwhelmed with the beauty. Very nice set, Joel

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  • denisegoldbergdenisegoldberg Major grins North Andover, MAPosts: 12,214Super Moderators moderator

    wow, wow, wow!
    A couple of these jumped at me... my favorites are from the hike back, #'s 6, 7, and 8.

  • black mambablack mamba Major grins Jacksonville, FLPosts: 6,427Registered Users Major grins

    Mercy. Joel, this is a fablous series. Like Denise, 6,7,amd 8 are my favorites. Frankly, I'm equally impressed with your hiking prowess.

    If God wanted me to touch my toes, he would have put them on my knees.
  • kdogkdog artistically challenged San Jose, CAPosts: 11,416Administrators moderator

    @David_S85 said:
    Overwhelmed with the beauty. Very nice set, Joel

    Thank you, sir!

  • kdogkdog artistically challenged San Jose, CAPosts: 11,416Administrators moderator

    @denisegoldberg said:
    wow, wow, wow!
    A couple of these jumped at me... my favorites are from the hike back, #'s 6, 7, and 8.

    @black mamba said:
    Mercy. Joel, this is a fablous series. Like Denise, 6,7,amd 8 are my favorites. Frankly, I'm equally impressed with your hiking prowess.

    Thank you kindly, Denise and Tom. Those were just unplanned grab shots and I was surprised at how well they came out. There's just so much great photography to be had in Patagonia.

    Tom, I actually trained for several months to make these hikes. Glad I did, we worked ourselves pretty hard.

  • JonaBeth RussellJonaBeth Russell Major grins MauiPosts: 822Registered Users Major grins

    Man, I've looked at this set probably 20 times now, trying to think of something unique, complimentary, encouraging to say, but all I can come up with, each and every time is: HOLY F**** S***, this is an AMAZING set!

  • CornflakeCornflake Major grins Posts: 2,349Registered Users Major grins

    Terrific work. Also, I'm envious. :)

  • kdogkdog artistically challenged San Jose, CAPosts: 11,416Administrators moderator

    @JonaBeth Russell said:
    Man, I've looked at this set probably 20 times now, trying to think of something unique, complimentary, encouraging to say, but all I can come up with, each and every time is: HOLY F**** S***, this is an AMAZING set!

    LOL! Thanks, man. Really appreciate it.

    @Cornflake said:
    Terrific work. Also, I'm envious. :)

    Thanks, Don! This place really is heaven for photographers.

  • StumblebumStumblebum I shoot, therefore I am Posts: 7,498Registered Users Major grins

    Wow K-dog! Wicked good set! Bravo! Love them all!

  • sarasphotossarasphotos Major grins Augsburg, GermanyPosts: 2,154Registered Users Major grins

    Wow, love these, Joel. 5-8 are my favorites.

  • kdogkdog artistically challenged San Jose, CAPosts: 11,416Administrators moderator

    @Stumblebum said:
    Wow K-dog! Wicked good set! Bravo! Love them all!

    @sarasphotos said:
    Wow, love these, Joel. 5-8 are my favorites.

    Thank you Taz and Sara!!

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