Falling ice and pink flamingos
Trip Start Dec 07, 2010
66Trip End Jan 14, 2011
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The day dawn with blue sky overhead (yeah), as expected cool temperature and also NO WIND.
A 8 am pick up and it took 90 minutes to drive to Morena Glacier with Celio as the local guide.
The Moreno glacier is one of the key tourist spots here in Patagonia so today we are playing tourists, on and off the van for 8 hours with a boat cruise to sail across the face of the glacier thrown in for boots.
First up was the hour long boat trip for 50 pesos. So different to the previous day’s boat trip in front of the Veidma Glacier. Today I had no wind to knock me around. Celio suggested to go to the back of the boat on the lower deck. With today’s low cloud cover it intensified the blues so that was what I wanted. If the sun was out the ice would have been white. Again it was the patterns / textures and colours that caught my eye.
The just opened in March this year broad walk enabled so many different perspectives of this retreating glacier. Both on the boat and on land we waited to hear the first signs of tinkling sounds of calving ... No, not cattle giving birth but the pieces of ice falling from the terminal face. Hearing the crash was too late as sound travels slower than sight.
So no apologies for the huge number of glacier photos. This is a bad omen for later in Antarctica. I just hope that I get it out of my system before we head south!
Soon the rain started. Throughout the morning I could see the cloud cover getting lower. My Canon is not water proof but somehow survived. God(fried) I took my three legged friend this time and despite the mesh grill decking walkway we were on, it provided me with the stable platform for the HDR stuff. Just hope one of the many angles is worthy of getting the full HDR treatment.
While we had till 2.40 pm to meet, but with the wet I think that I was the last to get back so at 2 pm so we headed back to El Calafate where the sun was out and NO rain! I decided that the 3 pairs of gloves that I had brought for the Antarctica may not be enough so I brought another pair. One was Dad‘s old pair and had seen better days and the fingerless gloves are fine for some conditions so that left me with just one good pair but if wet may not be the best for the next day.
On the way back to Cauquenes de Nimez where we are staying, I went to the lagoon just 400 metres away and the pink flamingos were feeding. Patience was needed to capture them in flight. Celio told us that even in winter some of the flamingos are still here. Bizarre.