Wednesday, March 9, 2011
It's hard to beat the view from the Hosteria Pehoe in Torres del Paine National Park, Chile. Minutes after this photo was taken, the clouds descended, the wind speed increased, whitecaps rose on the lake, surf was thrown against the lake's eastern shore, and rain pelted the landscape. A true Patagonian farewell as we began our journey back to El Calafate, Argentina.
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Monday, March 7, 2011
En route from Hosteria las Torres to the boat dock at Pudeto, we stopped to enjoy this view of the peaks of the Paine massif rising over Lago Nordenskjold. In the center are the peaks of the Cuernos del Paine ("Horns of Paine") with the dark-colored tops. Just to the right are the peaks named Hoja ("blade") and Espada ("sword").
Sunday, March 6, 2011
Saturday, March 5, 2011
Friday, March 4, 2011
Thursday, March 3, 2011
The Laguna de los Tres. The wind was "muy fuerte" on this day and the gusts so strong that we had to crouch periodically. A true experience with the raw power of Patagonian weather and truly invigorating! A clear view of Fitzroy's summit eluded us, however.
Here at two of the peaks of the Fitzroy massif. On the left is the peak known as "de la Esse." On the right is the tower, or needle ("aguja" in Spanish), of "Saint Exupery" named after the French flyer and author of "The Little Prince."
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
The impressive spire of the Cerro Torre is surrounded by an entourage of similarly shaped towers. The one in the picture above is called the Aguja Bifida, or Torre Bifida. It rises to an elevation of 2,400 meters. But it is dwarfed by the Cerro Torre which rises another 700 meters higher.
The wind was whipping across Laguna Torre and the high peaks were obscured by clouds, but it was still, without doubt, an impressive scene. The iceberg floating in the lake to the left of the picture flipped over while we were there. In the left background, glacial ice descends from the Cordon Adela. In the right background, the lower portions of the Cerro Torre, Torre Egger and Torre Standhardt can be seen.