On our third and final leg of the lift up to Little Matterhorn, we had just boarded the twenty person gondola and taken off, when I spotted this view of the majestic Matterhorn. Having my camera at the ready, I stabilized my camera against the plexiglass and fired off a few shots. Until you are really up close to this magnificent mountain, you cannot even begin to feel how large it is and how small you feel before it, like tiny little ants. Clouds had just rolled in, kissing the tip of its peak. The snow peppering the mountainside, with rocks, boulders and craggy rock faces popping through, and a small lake nestled beneath made for such a beautiful moment. How could one pass that up? I for sure didn't. After taking a bunch, I put my camera aside to just bask in the beauty of the moment.
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We spent a good four plus hours at Salisbury Plain, seeing hundreds of thousands of King Penguins. The weather was mostly overcast, with barely a moment of sun. After getting back to the ship, we would normally pull up anchor after finishing the day and head on out overnight to our next spot on the island. But that evening, we finally go to see the blue skies and sun. We stayed parked for a little bit and got to see a magnificent sunset with and bask in this beautiful twilight, the sun gently rimming over the outline of the mountains and the clouds gently streaking through the skies. And if you look closely, you can see that cloud in the center, which looks a little bit like the head and beak of a King Penguin, lying flat on its belly. Maybe that was the Kings saying to us, thanks for stopping by and please come back soon.
Salisbury Plain, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
Google Maps Location photo was taken from: 54°7'5.832" S 36°36'23.88" W
I can tell you that on any other day, I am not a morning person. The snooze button and late mornings on the weekend are my MO. But when it comes to getting up at the crack of dawn to capture a beautiful sunrise, I will do that in a heartbeat. This was our first sunrise in Torres del Paine. We arrived the day prior in the afternoon and had a leisurely drive throughout the whole park’s winding dirt gravel roads, that lay beneath the gorgeous Paine peaks. Scoping out the perfect viewing point to get the sun rising on the mountain peaks, we found one that was perched up high, looking out over Lago Nordenskjold. Two huge peaks of the range lay before us. The alarm went off at a yawn inducing 4am and we were at the spot no later than 4:30. This shot here is about 3 hours later, when the sun had just peaked up over the horizon. A small wispy puff of a cloud was frozen above the tallest peak, while the sun cast a beautiful warm glow on its front face, while causing some beautiful shadows. You couldn’t ask for a better sunrise.
Torres del Paine, Magallanes y la Antártica Chilena Region, Chile
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