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Patagonian Tundra Shrub

Posted by
Barbara Lee (Oakland, United States) on 19 August 2010 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Here is another photo taken on the same hike as the image yesterday. You do not hear a lot about the Patagonian tundra, but in its own way, it is every bit as spectacular as the peaks that we think of when we think Patagonia. It is such a fragile environment, with a very thin layer of earth covering the ice cap. I believe that this, coupled with the constant wind and temperature extremes, is what makes it challenging for plant life to thrive in this environment. This bush is about 4 feet high, just as was yesterday's. Did I trick you by calling it a tree? Well, a small tree, indeed! More to come from this part of the world. I am having fun going back. I have so many more LR and PS skills in my toolkit now, and can finally start to do justice to those raw files. We should all be lifelong learners, and this hobby certainly keeps me on my toes!

NIKON D90 1/60 second F/13.0 ISO 400 48 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Thea from Leeuwarden, Netherlands

How beautiful these white brenches look against all the other colors in this landscape!
A fantastic view!

19 Aug 2010 6:58am

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, United States

I find the texture on the ground to be very interesting. Did you do any close-ups? I agree about the life-long learning-that is what excites me and keeps me motivated!

19 Aug 2010 10:03am

@Julie Brown: Hi Julile, yes I did some closeups, but the results disappointed me. I find that when you are in a group, it harder to take the time to do macro work. I have yet to figure out how to balance the group time in a photo trip with being able to have plenty of alone time, which is when I do my best work. But, I would never have figured out how to even to get to these places without a guide!

Tracy from La Selva Beach, United States

I love all the colors and textures! (And I agree about being a life-long learner!) I am still hoping to get up to Oakland this month, but I have a broken down I might not make it before your show is over- :( I will know more when the mechanic has the verdict on my poor car!

19 Aug 2010 3:35pm

@Tracy: Oh, Tracy, I am so sorry about your car! How can you ever get to the City for your classes with a broken car? The show comes down the afternoon of the 27th - we leave for 10 days in Maine on the 28th. Hope to see you, but I'd certainly understand.

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

Well I have to climb on board with you three as well. I am an old guy but my recent "discovery" of this new love has brought me energy again. I have much to learn and I am still in the "zone of confusion" for the most part, but move ahead, I shall. Barbara this is phenomenal and I love your write up. I have a friend - a bird photgrapher really - who went down there many years ago and he brought back some stunning landscapes, but yours, here, are unique and marvelous. Bravo, Barbara!!

19 Aug 2010 4:09pm

@Denny Jump Photo: Denny, you are so generous with your comments! Thanks for being my Aminus pal!

JOEMULLIGAN from burnsville, nc, United States

BEautiful image. Lovely unusual feast of colors. And the dancing light of t hose limbs. Wonderful1

19 Aug 2010 8:33pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Exquisite! Bravo!

19 Aug 2010 8:38pm

1/60 second
ISO 400
48 mm (35mm equiv.)