Nature’s Art

Maybe those black stripes are the veins of Mother Nature?

From the Perito Moreno glacier in Patagonia, near El Calafate (Argentina)

It’s obviously sediment, soot, and dirt packed into the ice, but I like how they look like veins in pointed ice fingers reaching towards the sky. Okay, maybe you need to use a little imagination to get that far!

Perito Moreno is one of the few glaciers that are actually growing. Though it looks so peaceful here, the constant moving caused by the growth causes huge chunks to fall off in impressive slow motions shows.

I even managed to get some shots of the ice falling, one of which I published in an earlier post.

30 responses to “Nature’s Art

  1. Wow! I am just poring over some tours that go down this way for this time next year! A friend and I are going to do the Galapolas Islands, Easter Islands, Igazu Falls and I would seriously like to get down this way too. Did you go on a tour? Any advice would be appreciated!


    • Oh, that sounds like an amazing itinerary! I definitely recommend visit this glacier – and also other places in Patagonia, like Peninsula Valdes (a post about it behind the link). We visited Perito Moreno from El Calafate and it was a tour (day trip). It might’ve been nicer to rent a car and go there independently because we didn’t have that much time there; well, we spent several hours at the glacier but I could’ve well stayed even longer. I hope you speak Spanish, or at least find a good dictionary app for your phone because not many people speak English there (which was great for improving your language skills and making you feel like you’re really abroad, I loved it, definitely not a complaint!) We took a long distance night bus from one end of Patagonia to the other and that was really good: comfy and inexpensive; otherwise we traveled by plane, the distances are so large there. Here are some of my earlier posts with tips on El Calafate, Iguazu and the peso situation at the time. There were some places we would’ve liked to have stayed in for a bit longer, like El Chaltรฉn which we only visited for a day hike from El Calafate. Btw, we had an excellent low-budget hotel in El Calafate which even had an indoor swimming pool, La Loma. Oh, I wish I could go, too! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. I totally get your vision of the sediment as veins! And that glacier is a living creature of sorts, so it makes even more sense (sort of!). I thought Perito Moreno was one of the most magnificent sights I’d ever seen. I find glaciers in general kind of boring, but that massive wall was just stunning. One of my favorite family photos is in front of it!


  3. Uuu, must have been impressive witnessing that. I remember my first (and only, if you don’t count the flight back) Atlantic crossing, and I was looking down, asking myself what kind of strange sheep I am seeing in England (which is how I’d expect a plane to fly – straight left, possibly via London and New York to LA, like some kind of car). Then the map came back on, and we were high up there in the Arctic and what I was seeing where icebergs.

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    • I had a similar experience as a kid ๐Ÿ™‚ I thought we were flying low just above the snowy ground but then something else came into view, brought perspective and I realised they were huge snowy mountains, it must’ve been over Alaska somewhere.

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