In 2005 my wife and I planned a two-week trip to Chilean Patagonia. I decided to sell my beloved Nikon N90 body and lenses to invest in a digital camera. I chose a Canon EOS 20D, which came with a 17-85mm kit lens. I also bought a Canon 70-200mm f2.8 for the trip. It would prove to be an awesome adventure.
On our last day in Torres del Paine National Park, Linda and I got up before sunrise and drove to a spot we had scouted above Lago PehoÃ© (Pay-oh-AY). The spot overlooked a breathtaking panorama of Los Cuernos, a striking group of glaciated Andean peaks. In addition if I were lucky, the glacier-blue lake just might provide a reflection of the peaks, conditions permitting of course.
Conditions however could be tricky. Patagonia is one of the windiest places in the world. We had been in the park three days, and the wind hadnâ€™t stopped blowing. But as the sun rose that morning everything came together. The clouds cleared enough to show the peaks, and alpenglow flooded the east face of the mountains.
I had gone there with a vision of returning with a striking panorama of these mountains to hang in our living room. The view I had before me exceeded my every expectation. Then magically the wind calmed just enough to reflect the golden light of the peaks in the lake. It was the perfect morning. Continue reading