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Patagônia (ARGENTINA), 2005

Nikon N6006 17-35 lens

Kodak Tri-X Pan 400

Scene found during an off-road trip from Curitiba (Brazil), to “Tierra del Fuego”, in the extremely south of Argentina. Called Andean Fjords, the expedition have travelled a total distance of 25.000 miles, and the vehicle used was a Land Rover Defender. More than 2.000 pictures was taken (almost all in B&W roll film) during the 30 days trip. In the half ride is located the Patagonia region, the place where the picture above was made.

About Patagonia:

This is a geographic region (almost a desert) containing the southernmost portion of South America. Mostly located in Argentina and partly in Chile, it comprises the Andes mountains to the west and south, and plateaux and low plains to the east. The name Patagonia comes from the word patagon used by Magellan to describe the native people who his expedition thought to be giants. It is now believed the Patagons were actually Tehuelches and Aonikenk with an average height of 1.80 m (5'11") compared to the 1.55 m (5'1") average for Spaniards of the time.

To the east of the Andes, it lies south of the Neuquén River and Colorado rivers, and, to the west of the Andes, south of (39°S), excluding the Chiloé Archipelago. East of the Andes the Argentine portion of Patagonia includes the provinces of Neuquén, Río Negro, Chubut, Santa Cruz, and Tierra del Fuego, as well as the southern tips of the provinces of Buenos Aires, Mendoza and La Pampa. The Chilean portion embraces the southern part of the region of Los Lagos, and the regions of Aisén and Magallanes. It excludes those portions of Antarctica claimed by both countries.

Patagonia is for the most part a region of vast steppe-like plains, rising in a succession of abrupt terraces about 100 metres (330 feet) at a time, and covered with an enormous bed of shingle almost bare of vegetation. In the hollows of the plains are ponds or lakes of brackish and fresh water. Towards the Andes the shingle gives place to porphyry, granite, and basalt lavas, animal life becomes more abundant and vegetation more luxuriant, acquiring the characteristics of the flora of the western coast, and consisting principally of southern beech and conifers. The high rainfall against the western Andes and the low sea surface temperatures offshore give rise to cold and humid air masses, contributing to the ice-fields and glaciers, the largest ice-fields in the Southern hemisphere outside of Antarctica.

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  • * Tabitha Payne

    * Tabitha Payne gave props (21 Feb 2008):

    Love it! Got my vote!

  • catharine amato

    catharine amato gave props (21 Feb 2008):

    Mine too!

  • Elultimodeseo

    Elultimodeseo said (22 Feb 2008):

    I am for Argentina, excelent photo and composicion!
    Beautifull black and white!

  • Jess Marvel

    Jess Marvel gave props (25 Feb 2008):

    This is perfect! I love the way the tree is leaning towards the tower, like it's fighting back :)

  • Adrian Rodriguez

    Adrian Rodriguez said (25 Feb 2008):

    Got my VOTE

  • Iso

    Iso gave props (3 Mar 2008):

    Photo very special, very symbolic...

  • Yasmina Baggili

    Yasmina Baggili (Deleted) gave props (4 Mar 2008):

    Great B&W!

  • Jan Verbeke

    Jan Verbeke gave props (6 Mar 2008):

    Great contrast, the tree and the steel.

  • Kendra Flynn

    Kendra Flynn gave props (9 Mar 2008):

    I absolutely love this

  • shantanu kulkarni

    shantanu kulkarni said (14 Mar 2008):

    Got my vote, but much more than that. The photo is amazing but the idea of the composition is better. Great Great work!

  • Verónica Francés

    Verónica Francés said (23 Mar 2008):

    got my vot.
    Enhorabuena muy buena toma y tratamiento

  • Laura Boston-Thek

    Laura Boston-Thek gave props (24 Mar 2008):

    Excellently seen! Got my vote!

  • Kris Martin

    Kris Martin gave props (25 Mar 2008):

    Great composition ... definitely got my vote!

  • Paul Lavallee

    Paul Lavallee gave props (26 Mar 2008):

    great image & words

  • Katy Kaplan

    Katy Kaplan gave props (31 Mar 2008):

    I love this! Very "Good vs. Evil"!

  • Robert David

    Robert David gave props (24 Apr 2008):


  • Frederic Frognier

    Frederic Frognier (Deleted) gave props (17 May 2008):

    Yeah, yeah, yeah!

  • Joerg Fritz

    Joerg Fritz gave props (3 Dec 2008):

    Beautiful tones, great choice of film!

  • Laurent Chantegros

    Laurent Chantegros gave props (28 Dec 2008):

    Perfect photo for the theme

  • Aaron Taves

    Aaron Taves gave props (29 Aug 2009):

    Great composition.

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