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Patagonia’s Forces of Nature – Weekly Photo Challenge

“Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

BLUE ICE
BLUE ICE

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.

GEOLOGY AT PLAY
GEOLOGY AT PLAY

“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.

UNDER PRESSURE
UNDER PRESSURE

“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.

WIND CLOUDS
WIND CLOUDS

“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.

FITZROY GLORY
FITZROY GLORY

 “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.

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    • Thanks Jane – truth is, I think any place/time is the right place/time in Patagonia! It’s gloriously beautiful and these bizarre clouds are quite common there!

  1. Beautiful pics, how lucky you are to have made this journey. A trip to Patagonia has been on my bucket list since reading Darwin’s descriptions of it in his Voyage of the Beagle, and then not long after, stumbling across a postcard of mountains in the background, natural rounded green hedges along waterways in the foreground.

    I don’t know if I’ll ever get there but in the meantime, pics & stories from bloggers like you are the next best thing. The ice is such a wonderful colour & I love the green waterfall – uncontaminated by silt, straight from the mountains I guess.

    • Very much so Susan – an arduous journey to get there but well worth the extra effort. Nature at its most undisturbed. We encountered a violent windstorm in the middle of a treacherous hike that literally knocked us over – only to be rewarded by a spectacular view at the top. Quite a few amazing memories from this one!

  2. Tremendous forces of nature you share with us this week Tina. The multi coloured cliffs are amazing, I have never seen any thing like them, they look as though some one has daubed them with a giant paint brush

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