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A wagon wheels overlooking the patagonian steppes and the Brazo Rico.

This picture was taken on the road that was taking me to the Perito Moreno glacier. I left quite early that morning, the mini-bus of ?Chalten Travel? picked me up around seven in the morning at the ?Hostel Calafate?. This ?Chalten Travel? excursion was more attractive than the others offered by other travel agencies in El Calafate. This one seems to be a bit more off track. Instead of taking the tourist in luxury buses directly the parking of Perito Moreno?s belvedere, the excursion took me and the rest the group of people traveling with me on less confortable side road but that was offering much more possibilities to admire the magnificents landscape we were traveling through. Off course, the trip was longer than for the classical excursions, so we had to leave earlier and this has some advantages; Get to the wooden catwalk of the belverdere overlooking the glacier before it is packed with other tourists, allow us to stop more often to take pictures and above all, to profit of the morning light. Another advantage was that were accompanied by a guide from the Glacier?s National Park that allowed us to access areas that were only accessible to group of people with guide. He was from the region and knew the place quite well. In the bus and at every stops, he would give us lots very interesting information in Spanish and English.

In the background of the picture, one can distinguish the Brazo Rico, an arm of the Lago Argentino (the largest Argentine lake). The water level of the Rico arm is independent from the rest of the lake level and can raise quite a few meters from its normal level (in 1949 the water reached the fence that one can distinguish in the center of the picture). What happen is the ices from the Perito Moreno reduce totally blocked the channel, connecting Brazo Rico to the lake, by getting closer to the Magellan?s Peninsula (you can see the Cerro Mitre on the right side of the picture which is part of the Penisula) the water from lake can?t flow normally and the level of the Rico?s arm raise. But sometime, the pressure of water can break this natural dam in a huge explosion of ice freeing at once the water into Lago Argentino sometime creating a small tidal wave and floods. This phenomenon was observe for the last time and documented for first time in 1988.

For this picture, I?ve used a Fujichrome Sensia RA film. The picture was scanned from the film. I?ve lightly sharpen with NeatImage and made tonal adjustment with Photoshop. I?ve also enhanced the colours saturation that were attenuated by the scanner.

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