Driving on the east side of the park, these were the views we were treated to at every turn. Beautiful rolling hills of farmlands, that first range of slow rolling brown scruffy hills and then the majestic mountain range of the cuernos. The Torres del Paine peaks stood proud and tall this day, of which two of three are in view, with the hidden one slightly peaking out from behind the clouds on the left. The tallest peak of the three, by a slight amount, is the hidden one behind the clouds called Torre Sur standing at about 8,200 feet. To its right in the middle is Torre Central at 8,100 feet and then to its right, Torre Norte at just under 7,500 feet. These and the whole Torres del Paine range of granite peaks were deeply and violently eroded by glaciers around 12 million years ago. As stunning as it is to see Torres del Pain now, I can only imagine how mind blowing it would be if one could see a time lapse of it getting carved out from the glaciers.
Torres de Paine, Magallanes y la Antártica Chilena Region, Chile
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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
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