Photographer's Note

From El Calafate in Argentina we took the early morning bus to get in about 6 hours to the Torres del Paine National Park in Chile. From the bus we had excellent views on the very open plains (steppes) of Patagonia and we saw several guanacos (kind of wild lamas, but actually relatives of the camel) and nandus (big birds; kind of ostridges). Once we had crossed the border, it wasn't very far to Torres del Paine anymore. Before going to our campsite, we went through the park by bus to have a look at different 'hotspots'.

The most beautiful place we saw that day, was the south end of Lago Grey. We had a wonderful walk at the pebble 'beach' of this lake and were able to admire the large number of icebergs that were waiting here to melt away. These icebergs were once part of the big Grey glacier (visible in the distance) and are driven by the wind to this end of the lake where they are stopped by the shore. The view was absolutely astonishing, despite the very cold and strong Patagonian wind and the cloudy sky.

This picture was taken from the Hosteria Lago Grey where we had lunch. About half an hour later we were walking in front of the icebergs (where you can see the other people in the picture).

Tech: scanned the slide with a Minolta Dimage Scan Dual III in "slight colour cast" mode (the original was even more blue), removed dust in Photoshop and applied USM (100/0.8/1).

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