This is the fourth in my series of photos from the Perito Moreno Glacier in southern Argentina.
The following information about the glacier is the same as I have written on my previous posts:
The Perito Moreno Glacier can be found in the Parque Nacional Los Glaciares in Santa Cruz Province, Patagonia. The nearest town - and best place to organise an excursion to the park - is El Calafate, about 80km away.
The 250km² ice formation, of 30km in length, is one of 48 glaciers fed by the Southern Patagonian Ice Field located in the Andes system shared with Chile. This icefield is the world's third largest reserve of fresh water.
The Perito Moreno Glacier is one of only three Patagonian glaciers that are not retreating. Periodically the glacier advances over the L-shaped "Lago Argentino" ("Argentine Lake") forming a natural dam which separates the two halves of the lake when it reaches the opposite shore. With no escape route, the water-level on the Brazo Rico side of the lake can rise by up to 30 metres above the level of the main lake. The enormous pressure produced by this mass of waters finally breaks the ice barrier holding it back, in a spectacular rupture event. This dam/rupture cycle is not regular and it naturally recurs at any frequency between once a year to less than once a decade.
The terminus of the Perito Moreno Glacier is 5 km wide, with an average height of 60 metres above the surface of the water, with a total ice depth of 170 metres. It advances at a speed of up to 2 metres per day (around 700 metres per year), although it loses mass at approximately the same rate, meaning that aside from small variations, its terminus has not advanced or receded in the past 90 years. At its deepest part, the glacier has a depth of approximately 700 metres.
The Perito Moreno glacier was named after the explorer Francisco Moreno, a pioneer who studied the region in the 19th century and played a major role in defending the territory of Argentina in the conflict surrounding the international border dispute with Chile.
Incidentally, for anyone who ever wondered why the ice is so blue - apparently, the heavier and more condensed the ice, the bluer it is. So the ice you put in your whiskey at home has virtually no blueness to it because it isn't put under the same sort of pressures and strains as these glaciers which are crushed and squeezed and tightened over hundreds of years!
This is a full-frame shot, no cropping. Framed in Photoshop and contrast corrected in sky as I didn't use a filter and so had some over-exposure. Otherwise this photo is as taken.
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steveryan2006 (439) 2007-05-25 5:31
Not many photos from this strane land. Just a bit OE but I will take it anyday with that sky.
Bermigan (120) 2007-05-25 5:37
Espectacular paraje y sobresaliente composición. Me gusta mucho la gama cromática empleada, con colores completamente complementarios. El cielo también ayuda a añadir dramatismo a una imagen que parece salida de otro mundo.
kessi (16) 2007-05-25 5:38
Wow, Richard. So crisp and clear and cold. Those pointy ice tips seem to threaten the fleeing clouds. Very dramatic. My kind of shot. Thanks for sharing. Regards, Irmgard
drago (4832) 2007-05-25 5:40
A strange blue world but a fantastic place to be i suppose!The moving clouds enchance the whole scene,well done Richard!
baba_flies (8829) 2007-05-25 5:43
Hello Richard! What a cold corner of the world you are presenting us here. I love the dark stones together with the white of the ice blocks serving as your foreground. Very impressive indeed! Have a wonderful day ... hopefully not as cold :) Barbara.
cbrman (21675) 2007-05-25 5:46
Ce mur de glace semble menacer le photographe ! Le ciel gris ajoute à cette impression générale ! Une très belle vue impressionnante de ce glacier !
dkeus31 (27735) 2007-05-25 5:58
A nice image well composed with 3 very distinctive layers.
Good sharpness and colors
asajernigan (21427) 2007-05-25 6:09
Excellent photo with nice contrasts. The lighting and colors are great with nice sharpness and detail. Nice use of the rule of thirds with the 3 distinctive layers in this shot.
stefanocer (10642) 2007-05-25 6:28
Great shot Richard , compliments the place is fantastic and the quality of your shot also , well done.
jirivrobel (542) 2007-05-25 6:36
Looks very mysterious. Beautiful and dramatic colours. Thank you for sharing. Interesting note.
derek3755 (2341) 2007-05-25 7:32
beautiful shot, nice composition with the black rocks and the ice blocks, to the impressive cliffs of ice in the background, the blueness make you feel cold just looking at them, beautiful light and the dramatic sky adds impact.
janneman (2950) 2007-05-25 8:47
The horizontal layers fron left to right. but the middle part, the ice, has some vertical elements. This makes it a beautiful photo to me!
The pov is good as well.
partha (14023) 2007-05-25 11:08
Hi Richard ,
Whaere is such a wonderful world?The composition is awsome as well as the nice expousure control.
Bruno40 (6658) 2007-06-16 7:52
Beautiful picture. Amazing colours and good sharpness.
Griet (506) 2007-07-27 8:50
I just discoverd your series and started to browse around. This one I like very much. I was some years ago in Greenland and we came across such glaciers. I will post some but I have to scan them in and I don't like the quality of scanned pictures.
See you on TE
Giulietta (56) 2007-07-27 14:42
only one word....
the colours,the sky,the clouds...WONDERFUL!!!
fijiphil (1355) 2007-11-27 8:25
Richard, how the hell did you get down there? I was at Perrito Moreno this spring and I'm sure there was no way they were letting people get right down to the base like you've managed here. It's enabled you to get a great photo. Well done!
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- Date Taken: 2006-04-09
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