I briefly mentioned Torres del Paine National Park a few days ago, but what I failed to mention about the Chilean nature preserve is how goddamn picturesque it is. Seriously, there isn’t one angle of a single blade of grass in this place that isn’t deserving of a photo spread.
I took about 1,000 pictures within the park alone, but in the interest of not crashing my server with that massive upload I decided to share the 10 panoramic images I snapped while visiting. As it turns out, the iPhone’s panorama setting works perfectly for capturing the sprawling vistas within Torres del Paine – and to be honest, the only way to see this larger than life place is from a wide angle.
I’ve presented them without commentary below (because Patagonia really speaks for itself) but there are a few things to keep in mind while you’re perusing. First, notice how the sky changes as the photos progress. As our guide told us, you can experience all four seasons in one day inside the park, and we really did. One minute it was sunny and hot, the next it was crisp and overcast, and then two minutes later (and several hundred feet higher) there would be gale force winds blowing giant clouds around the jagged mountaintops.
Also, speaking of the geographical and ecological diversity in this extreme part of the world, take a look at the common colors smattered throughout Torres del Paine. Sediment carried by glaciers turns the rivers and lakes an intense shade of turquoise, while the lack of rainfall allows for only hearty yellow and tough green grasses. The warm and cool colors mix with the bold neutrals of the rocky, snow-studded mountains to create a palette unlike any other in the world.
But enough of my rambling about weather and colors. Click on the images below for the full resolution and see for yourselves: