All lakes and rivers I have seen in Patagonia have a very distinctive green color. As I heard from emka it is due to some minerals present in the glaciers.
When visiting Torres del Paine National Park in Chilean Patagonia you can admire one lake slightly different in color, being more gray than green. The lake itself is therefore called Lago Grey and the glacier which produces it respectively Glacier Grey. In this photo however everything came out grey except for the glacier :)
To have a closer look at the glacier you have to take a boat. There are tours starting from the Hosteria Lago Grey twice daily (3h roundtrip boat). As far as I remember the tour was about 80USD per person but it does include a whiskey sour tasting :) Driving to Hosteria Lago Grey is adventure itself as the road is unpaved and pretty bad quality as all the roads in the park. They call it there ripio.
Glacier Grey is 6 kilometers wide and more than 30 meters high. But what makes it more distinct is that it is divided into three fronts. Just for comparison Perito Moreno front is only 5 kilometers wide but about 73 meters high.
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ifege (10719) 2011-01-04 1:30
A great glacier photo. I've seen blue in them before but never like this. The sunlight on the mountains makes it really special.
lousat (95888) 2011-01-04 1:48
Hi Mariusz,very impressive! What a blue in perfect contrast whit the rest,under a grey sky and in a beautiful light....no comment,it's simply fantastic! Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano.
siudzi (34141) 2011-01-04 1:58
Interesujaca fotografia niezwyklego miejsca. Przepiekne kolory, kształty, faktury. Moje gratulacje!
Wszystkiego naj w Nowym Roku!
sam224 (6215) 2011-01-04 2:01
A lovely landscape here: the contrast betwenn the blue of the ice and the dark brown of the mountains is excellent. The stormy clouds covering the peaks create a special mood in the image.
annjackman (21901) 2011-01-04 2:05
A fascinating place shown here. The contrast of the blue glacier with the grey and white makes this picture special. I discovered your excellent gallery this morning and enjoyed both the images and the helpful notes. The note here on this National Park perfectly puts this picture in context and makes it even more interesting.
macondo (19780) 2011-01-04 2:13
A breathtaking photo from this very far away part of the world. I like the layers of colour and texture in this one, and of course the amazing colour of the glacier ice. The ice and mountains are very sharply captured and the swirling clouds beside the sunlit snow make the place seem somehow a little mysterious. An excellent photo and note about this area which I perhaps will never see myself.
HimalAnda (10671) 2011-01-04 3:12
This blue glacier (even if it is known as the Grey one) is very impressive!
I like the light on the mountains in the background. It makes a nice contrast with the glacier and the clouds.
JFS (32459) 2011-01-04 3:42
Impressive POV, impressive light and impressive colors. Congratulations Mariusz!
TopGeo (38216) 2011-01-04 3:57
Hello Mauriusz! the amazing color of the glacier. The ice and the mountains are very interesting and next to the sunny snow mountain scenery make amazing! There is a great idea; that looks like a little mystery around the whole. An excellent photo and a note about this region of Patagonia from photographic interest!
jhm (157878) 2011-01-04 4:08
These wonderful images get we not much to see.
Splendid what you shows and also a very well image in background.
Good light, sharpness and clarity be superb.
Composition, presentation are both very well taken. TFS.
raszid62 (18515) 2011-01-04 4:28
Świetnie złapane. postrzępione granie gór i postrzępiony lodowiec. Wspanialy dziki kraj.
Bardzo dobry wielopoziomowy kadr, w chłodnych kolorach.
Sonata11 (33971) 2011-01-04 4:36
zdjecia tych lodowcow sa niesamowicie piekne, nigdy takich nie widzialam. Ta bryla na pierwszm planie jeat az w kolorze blekitu. Super zdjecie, ostrosc, czystosc, bardzo dobry kadr. Bardzo mi sie podoba. Fotka niesamowita. Gratulacje i dzieki ze mozemy wiecej sie cos dowiedziec i obejrzec. Super artystyczna praca. Gratulacje,
Serdecznie pozdrawiam i milo byloby obejrzec wiecej takich zdjec.
timecapturer (49288) 2011-01-04 4:53
stunning contrast of colours in this dramatic image. What an amazing place to take photographs. Superb!
John_F_Kennedy (43763) 2011-01-04 5:51
Picturesque glacier shot whit superb composition and nice details. Wonderful landscape. Nice colors too.
npecanhuk (76907) 2011-01-04 5:58
It must be such a great experience to see that!
It's certainly a magnificent picture!
Nature at its best!
TFS - congrats,
SWEETFREEDOM (24621) 2011-01-04 9:27
nature at its best, impressive glacier and mountain behind. natural colors and good sharpness.
jurek1951 (42196) 2011-01-04 12:40
piekne miejsce superkolor tego lodowca,ladny kadr i dobra ostrosc,pozdrawiam
PaulVDV (31173) 2011-01-04 12:55
Just like the mountains there have tall sharp peaks also that glacier has lots of similar sharp ice peaks.
The blue glacier certainly stands out in that grey surrounding.
Very impressive picture.
ciakgiak (30433) 2011-01-04 13:01
Incantevole! Un paesaggio che mette i brividi, e non certo per il freddo :-))
I contrasti di colore sono netti ma molto eleganti al tempo stesso, l'atmosfera che si sprigiona da questo scenario č superba. Complimenti, ben fatto!
Un caro saluto.
barrufeto_77 (28886) 2011-01-04 13:38
Wowwwwwwwwwww, one day I want to enjoy something like this.
The view is impressive!!!!
yeln (11516) 2011-01-04 22:51
pogled na ledenik in gorovje v BG je izjemen, zahvaljujoč tudi dobremu fotoaparatu in seveda tudi PP.
zelo dobro narejeno, kakor vedno!! čestitke! tfs
lep dan, vojko
delpeoples (59430) 2011-01-05 2:26
Happy New Year my dear friend. Did you celebrate well? This photo took my breath away. It is so spectacular. The blue ice and the grey seas are stupendous. Wow, what an experience you've had and I am so happy you;re sharing it with us.
Best wishes and a big hug to you and your loved one from Sydney
macjake (71053) 2011-01-05 6:20
yes, these are certainly some breathtaking views aren't they!
the blue grey is outstanding, especially in contrast the the mountains.
very good quality sharpness all the way into the BG, and with elegant mixtures of light and shadow.
i'm jealous of this one!
janusz2054 (2) 2011-01-05 7:27
Swietne zdjecie imponujacego lodowca oraz otaczajacych go gor.Wspaniala kompozycja i oddanie kolorow .
sacimar (27739) 2011-01-05 8:05
good image, the clarity and sharpness is impressive as well as the landscape, well done,
Happy new year!
rodgerg (55767) 2011-01-05 9:29
An another very impressive place, an a nother very interesting shot.
very nice too with this curious blue color of the ice which arise very well. Details well collected and too greta depht thanks the composition in differents plans well delimited.
Have a nice evening,
Fis2 (103914) 2011-01-05 12:48
Bardzo ciekawe miejsce, warte pokazania.
Piekne gory okroszone wspanialym lodowcem
Dobry kadr i swiatlo.
vasilpro (41661) 2011-01-05 13:56
Wonderful composition, interesting view, beautiful frozen atmosphere, excellent light management, very good contrast, lovely color tones, very nice POV.
Have a nice evening, Vasilis.
AKITA (15125) 2011-01-05 22:26
yes this blue of glacier is really miracle and beautiful in the nature,
a wonderful view shot of mysterious scenery indeed,
fore glacier and back mountains are well composed between gray cloud and ocean layers,
very cold air is stimulating here,
thank you for your excellent shot,
Graal (103038) 2011-01-06 0:17
niezwykle miejsce interesujaco pokazane. Lodowce sa fantastyczna, zwlaszcza ta barwa. Wszystko tu powiedziano. Pozazdroscic takich miejsc.
PS. Brawo za mocny glos na forum w sprawie Jana.
danos (101784) 2011-01-06 0:37
perfect the mixture of the colours as the clarity from the blue glacier and the rocks of the National Park.I like the impressive glacier's colours as your informative note about it.
Have a good day,Danos
mikolaj_kawa (0) 2011-01-06 2:03
Lodowiec, gory, Patagonia, czyzbys wedrowal szlakiem bohaterow powiesci Julesa Verne'a?
Piekny widok, wspanialy kadr, swietny balans bieli, idealna kolorystyka.
Kontrast i ostrosc w sam raz.
josepmarin (58359) 2011-01-06 2:38
A beautiful contrast between the bluish tonalities of the front of the glacier and the impressive rocks of the mountains in background, in a cloudy day but with some sun rays illuminating the zone.
The landscape that you offer us is spectacular, and is a pleasure to enjoy it thanks to your photographic work that you share with us here.
gildasjan (43824) 2011-01-06 9:58
Il est superbe le bleu du second plan !
Happy new year 2011
jafadabret (56501) 2011-01-06 10:13
Ce glacier est bien mis en valeur par sa couleur et le graphisme chaotique qui le caractérisent. J'aime les gris de l'eau et du ciel et des beaux sommets. Superbe !
mauro61 (52857) 2011-01-06 12:24
che splendida immagine!!
La colorazione di questi ghiacci č davvero unica e unita alla luce crea un bellissimo effetto aprendo la vista sulle montagne di fondo.
ottima composizione, complimenti,
adramad (48400) 2011-01-06 15:15
Nature in an image that shows its strength and greatness, the place is a marvel as well as the composition, which shows a neat and well differentiated, the gray waters of the lake, the beautiful blue glacial, the rocky mountains its snowfields and the threatening sky, a beautiful image that thanks to you, Us can admire here.
faletiz (10377) 2011-01-07 6:37
a beautiful scene dominated by the imposing glacier which collapses into the sea. I like the dark sky that overlooks this austere image giving strength to the image contrast. Very nice light pale sunlight that illuminates the peaks. Beautiful photo, congratulations!
s_lush (16600) 2011-01-07 12:35
Due to the fact that this glacier has a very unusual and even strange colors, it looks highly colorful and interesting. The blue ice is a good foreground and frame for the wonderful rocky mountings covered with snow. Excellent presentation of this unique natural phenomenon!
ManuMay (36287) 2011-01-08 7:24
A very special place and very special colours play....Excellent capture where stripes in colour deserves a beautiful and wonderful nature capture, amazing light and superb colours!!!
Have a nice day...
CLODO (35360) 2011-01-08 11:30
fantastic blue hues in this B&W landscape.
Charo (51212) 2011-01-09 15:13
Nie mogłem się oprzeć tym pięknym wizerunku lodowiec, dla mnie to jest niesamowite, z jakąś tajemnicę i bardzo atrakcyjne.
Doskonałe perspektywy i wspaniałe światło.
wolf38 (31296) 2011-01-10 6:28
Hi Mariusz. Water, glaciers, rocks, sky. What a fabulous glaciers. I am impressed by the considerable beauty. The photo pleases me very well. It is ideal for TE. Rgds, Wolfgang.
Angshu (56760) 2011-01-10 7:51
Wow indeed! The glacier does look like a giant shark baring its jagged teeth. I read somewhere that the blue colour of the glacial ice spells its purity. The brown-grey barren slopes & the grey clouds create a good BG. A fine shot indeed!
Waylim (25436) 2011-01-20 22:17
I didn't make it all the way to Gray glacier, I only went as far as the look out point and had to turn back because we were leaving to go back to catch our bus to our next destination.
this is a fantastic shot, the color of the glacier contrast very well with the gray of the mountain and sky.
Longroute (19396) 2011-01-25 10:42
I'm so backwards with your photos that I have serious difficulties in choosing one... but this one can't be missed, it's a real treasure for every landscape lover.
I cannot help thinking how lucky you were to have the chance to make this wonderful journey!
This place is fantastic, really the end of the world and we may admire it thanks to the enviable sharpness of your photo. The light on the rocky mountains is splendid and makes fine contrast with the glacier and with the dramatic sky. But what to say more? No words can describe a place like this. I can only repeat that your excellent technical quality makes it a pleasure to see.
kiks (12757) 2011-03-23 13:57
Amazing the color of the glacier and the grey mountains and sky enchace the blue even more. Very well handeld light.
cdmonson (5244) 2011-06-29 15:46
It's actually not minerals present in the glacier so much as it is the minerals ground down by the glacier, which get suspended in the water and give it a blue-green color. It's the same thing in Alaska and the Canadian Rockies, or anywhere there are major glaciers. This is a really fine one of Grey Glacier, other than one small complaint: the top of the frame looks a bit overprocessed and it has less color than I would have expected based on other pictures I've seen. But as I haven't been here, I'm not the best judge. Otherwise, fabulous shot.
Jeppo (17645) 2012-01-25 12:27
I didn't have the chance to see this magnificient glacier.
the fire was burning close to this lake....and it was really a pity!
aliabazari (16252) 2012-12-10 18:09
Zarejestruj się piękne. Ekspozycji i kontrastu obrazu była bardzo dobra.Połączenie jest bardzo miły. Bardzo dobrze.
kwekwekan (1078) 2014-01-21 16:32
This is a great image where the time-worn glacier beautifully mirrors the rising mountains above and the colour of the sea matches the heavens above. Great dynamism and timing as well, with the snow white clouds billowing over the mountain peak.
ikeharel (76107) 2016-08-11 2:00
Fantastic picture from Torre-del-Paine with a magnificent sight of the blue ice of the glacier, Mariusz.
Superior clear view and as the light bring-out the blue tones of the ice. Also contrast well onto the grey/brown rocks far beyond.
Despite grey sky aloft, managed a superior shot.
- Copyright: Mariusz Kamionka (mkamionka) (39531)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2010-11-07
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Canon EOS Kiss X4, Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: Patagonia 2010
- Theme(s): Otras fotos favoritas 2, CLODO's SELECTION X [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2011-01-04 1:09