(work in progress)
to Patagonia in its autumn of 2017 (spring in the USA)
Here are a
few of the photos we took
(in one order, but not
In Chile, on the
road to the end of the world
The most sublime
of all Rancho photos
A rancho is a smallish ranch or farm or dwelling,
much less grand than an estancia or hacienda.
This one was especially lovely with the early morning sunlight
striking it almost horizontally.
Ordinary people live on ranchos. One could
do worse than to live on this rancho.
A gaucho and his dogs were herding
sheep and stopped to chat.
That's the Patagonian steppe, a
very large cold desert with yellow grass.
Patagonia is about 1/8 the size of the 48
contiguous US states.
About 64% of Patagonia is steppe, roughly the area of Texas.
Left over from a short war between Chile and
Patagonia comprises the southern parts of both countries, and
there don't seem to care so much about the national borders.
They don't seem to think much of minefields, either.
Why is the warning in Spanish and English and German? one might
Magellanic Penguin (see below)
A Magellanic penguin (smack in the middle) on the coast of Chile
and the entire south Pacific Ocean beyond.
To see it required putting out through the surf in a big
The surf was up because there's almost always a strong west wind
in southern Chile.
Sometimes it's stronger than at other times, but it's almost
(You can feel it blow in Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's book, Wind, Sand, and Stars.)
Because of the west wind, the Chilean side of
the Andes is wet; the Argentinian side, dry.
Near Bariloche, Argentina--a
perfect place for seaplanes (but no seaplanes there at all!)
Selfie at dinner in the lodge on Lago Grey
It may look like a double--or
triple--exposure. Nope. The dining room wall was all
You see the mountains through it, the diners reflected in
it, and me, too. iPhone photo, back camera.
Lago Grey (Grey Lake) is grey because of the color
of the ice in Glacier Grey.
Another glacier, this one on Lago Argentina
The face of the glacier is about 200 feet high.
Lago Argentina's water level is only about 600 feet above sea
It never gets very hot here (yet) so the snow line is down low,
compared to in North America.
But the glacier is receding faster every year.
At the end of the earth--the corner of Magellan
and Columbus, in Punta Arenas, Chile
There we were at 53º south latitude. We live at 37º north,
so we had traveled almost exactly 90º south of home--
one quarter of the way around the planet, north to south.
Hotel bar at the end of the earth
(Marble table tops lit from below.)
The unofficial flag of Patagonia
The stars depict the Southern Cross, not visible where we live in
The white zig-zag is the snowy peaks of the southern Andes.
The yellow is the color of the grass on the steppe.
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