Photographing Torres del Paine National Park
After a long flight from US to Santiago de Chile and another shorter flight to Punta Arenas we drove 230 miles to Torres del Paine National Park in Patagonia.
The first three nights we lodged at Hotel Las Torres in the area of Lago Nordenskjöld. With this base we sampled some of the most iconic photos of the park.
Many other images are posted on www.tomnorring.com/patagonia
Photo: Las Torres in sunrise
Photographing both before sunrise and well after sunset we got different light on Las Torres.
Photo: Las Torres in Sunset
However, in this area we also saw abundant wildlife.
Photo: Grey foxes feast on a Guanaco.
The Grey fox is not a natural predator to the Guanaco. This Guanaco was probably killed by a Mountain Lion.
Photo: Andean Condors in flight.
Thermals from the cliffs, peaks and valleys of Patagonia are the perfect environment for the Andean condor. An adult Condor has a wing-span of around 10 feet. In spite of being the largest of any land bird these scavengers are impressive gliders in the air and can stay aloft with minimal effort.
Photo: Guanaco portrait
Guanacos are one of the largest wild mammal species found in South America. The only natural predator is the Mountain Lion. They are cousins to the the llama and alpaca in the Camelid family. Guanaco are native to the arid, mountainous regions of South America.
Photo: Austral Pygmy Owl
The Austral Pygmy-Owl is a common owl in the temperate forests of southern Argentina and Chile.
Photo: Playful Guanacos
Our next stop was at Lago Pehoe lodging at Hosteria Pehoe.
Photo: Hosteria Pehoe with Lago Pehoe's characteristic green/cyan color
Towering over the lake was the gigantic granite monoliths of Cuernos del Paine.
Photo: Cuernos del Paine in sunrise
Photo: Cuernos del Paine in sunset
The area around Lago Pehoe was rich in picturesque landscapes.
We also got lucky as a Caracara decided to pose for us.
Photo: Caracara portrait
Photo: Caracara in tree
The Caracara is a bird of prey in the falcon subfamily: falconinae (source: Wikipedia)
Next stop was at Lago Grey bordered by the massive Glacier Grey and the jagged ridges and peaks of the Cerro Mountains. Lodging at Hotel Lago Grey.
Photo: Cerro Mountains
Photo: Glacier Grey
Glacier Grey, Pingo and Tyndall all belong to the Southern Patagonia Ice Field located at the Southern Patagonic Andes between Argentina and Chile. It is the world's second largest contiguous ice field located outside the Pole areas.
Photo: Glacier formations
The Magellanic Woodpecker paid a visit.
Photo: Magellanic Woodpecker in flight
The Magellanic Woodpecker is an endemic species of the austral temperate forest. The large size, simple and elegant color pattern, as well as the curly and expressive crest of the female strongly suggest the extinct or nearly extinct Imperial (Campephilus imperialis) and Ivory-billed (C. principalis) woodpeckers.
Source: Cornell University
On day 10 we returned to Punta Arenas but had time for one more session photographing morning images of Glacier Grey and Lago Grey.
Photo: morning at Lago Grey with Glacier Grey partly cloud covered
The trip home was another very long drive followed by three long flights.
But it was worth the travel effort.
Torres del Paine National Park is magic.
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For many years I have enjoyed the freedom to travel the World with emphasis on photography. I have found that the Worlds wonders become more obvious through a lens. It emphasizes the beauty in the variety and details in culture, peoples, wildlife and landscapes.
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