Patagonia, 2010 — Highlights

The granite peaks of Mt. Fitz Roy tower 3,375 meters above sea level. The Perito Moreno glacier has an area of 97 square miles and is one of the few glaciers in the world that is actually growing in size. A closeup of the glacial ice reveals the englacial debris that trace the contortions of the ice as it reaches the lake shore. The glacier has an average height of 74 meters above the lake surface and has an average depth of 170 meters. The iconic Torres del Paines or “Towers of Blue” guard the turquoise lake at their rocky foothills. An airplane's contrails can be seen as the sun sets over the mountain ridge at the trailhead leading to the Torres del Paine. Farm horses enjoy the dewy morning grass near the entrance of Torres del Paine National Park. Cuernos del Paine or “Horns of Blue” are seen over Lake Pehoe and Lake Sarmiento. Hikers enjoy the stunning scenery near Salto Chico waterfall against a backdrop of the Cuernos del Paine range. Clouds swirl in the strong winds over the Paine Massif, mimicking the shapes of the peaks. A Magellan penguin shows off his feathers at the penguin sanctuary in Otway Sound, about an hour from Punta Arenas, Chile. Cormorans, seagulls, sea lions, and seals battle for real estate on a tiny island on the Beagle Channel just outside Ushuaia, Argentina. Cormorans have completely monopolized another island on the Beagle Channel.