Patagonia’s Forces of Nature – Weekly Photo Challenge
“Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
This week, Brie Anne has asked us to demonstrate a “Force of Nature”. I was all set to use a group of new photos from earlier in the week but I simply couldn’t resist drawing from my archives on this one. Several years ago I was fortunate to visit Patagonia, traversing Chile and Argentina in an amazing experience as close to the forces of nature as one can possibly be. Above, an example of the incredible pressure of ice and snow as it forms the blue ice that peppers the water throughout the region.
“I have nature and art and poetry, and if that is not enough, what is enough?”
Vincent van Gogh
A second manifestation of the pressure that nature exhibits in creating its wonders – the amazingly colorful striations present in some of the rocks surrounding the area. Geology at play indeed.
“We can never have enough of nature.”
Henry David Thoreau
Nothing quite illustrates the force of nature as well as a waterfall. While it looks powerful enough in a static shot, its force is only truly felt as one stands on (OK, maybe just NEAR) the edge of the waterfall and experiences the roar of the water as it thunders over the ledge.
“Let us give Nature a chance; she knows her business better than we do.”
Michel de Montaigne
Prior to our Patagonia adventure, I’d never heard of “wind clouds”, which are shown in the photo above. These flying-saucerish clouds are the direct result of the fierce winds that surround the beautiful peaks of Fitz Roy in Los Glacieres National Park.
“If you will stay close to nature, to its simplicity, to the small things hardly noticeable, those things can unexpectedly become great and immeasurable.”
Rainer Maria Rilke
I could not close without a shot of the peaks themselves, a testament to nature’s power as she pushes her plates from deep beneath the surface to create incredible beauty. Above, the peaks are surrounded by clouds and deep snow, offering further evidence of nature’s mighty forces.
How appropriate that this week we give a nod to Mother Nature, as we also give thanks or take a moment to remember our own mothers and their importance in our lives. Happy Mothers Day to all of the moms out there in the blogosphere,. To experience more of Mother Nature’s forces, click here.