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The Dragons Den

The Dragons Den

The Dragons Den

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Unlike a true ice cave tunnel this is actually a stack of arches with narrow openings in the roof, these openings allowed light and snow to enter. I found it whilst scouting on the glacier below Cerro Torre in Los Glaciers National Park Argentina. At the time I had something else in mind so I gave it less attention than it probably deserved. I just propped my camera against a rock and set up a rough composition. I knew I was going to need something to show scale so I used a remote trigger to fire off a timed shot whilst I stood in the background.  It was only later that when I got to my computer that I realized I’d captured something quite nice. The gravel creates a pleasing leading line and the snow really works to bring out the dimples in the ice.

I struggled to think of a name for the shot so the title might sound a little bizarre, the Andiperla is an insect that lives on glaciers in Patagonia. It’s also known as a Patagonian Dragon.

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River Dance

River Dance

River Dance

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As a photographer, there’s little more exciting that witnessing an amazing sunset. Here on the Rio de las Vueltas the lenticular clouds beautifully complement the curve of the river. This location became one of my favourite spots as the great expanse of sky above the mountains often provides some interest. All too frequently the wind howls through the gorge. In an attempt to create some form of shelter I piled a few rocks up to create a cairn. As time went by (at least 50 visits) that pile of stones grew until the cairn was clearly visible on Google Earth. I perhaps shouldn’t have done this because technically it is within the boundary of the national park. I have however been told that it’s not causing a problem provided people don’t leave rubbish. I’m told it has become a popular place to shoot so if you do visit please keep it tidy.

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Fitz Roy

Fitz Roy

High winds produce some of the most dramatic skies in Patagonia.

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Arroyo del Salto

_ACW3869The most popular trek in Los Glaciers National Park is the hike to Laguna de los Tres, which leaves from the north of El Chalten. The trail splits after about 4km, the left fork branches off to Laguna Capri whilst the right fork makes a more direct track to Poincenot Camp, and the steep climb to the ever popular lake. Whilst the lake has much to offer the small stream flowing through the park offers multiple opportunities for photographers.  Typically it’s best to shoot from here at sunrise although in truth excellent photography is possible at all times of the day and night. A strong hiker can reach this river area in a little over an hour from town, therefore it’s quite possible depart from town in the dark and reach here for sunrise, or a pre dawn as seen in this image.

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