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Paine Grande

Paine Grande
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Copyright: Mircea Costina (mirceax) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 229 W: 49 N: 1356] (6261)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05
Categories: Mountain
Camera: Nikon D50, 18-35mm f3.5-4 Nikkor, Polarizer filter
Exposure: f/22, 1/60 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-09-07 11:54
Viewed: 4952
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Torres del Paine National Park is a Chilean National Park comprising mountains, glaciers, lakes and rivers. The Cordillera del Paine is the centerpiece of the park. It lies in a transition area between the Magellanic subpolar forests and the Patagonian Steppes. The park is located 112 north of Puerto Natales and 312 km north of Punta Arenas. Bernardo O'Higgins National Park is its neighbour to the west, while Los Glaciares National Park is located to the north in Argentine territory.
The park is dominated by the Paine massif, which is an eastern spur of the Andes located on the east side of the Grey Glacier, rising dramatically above the Patagonian steppe. Small valleys separate the spectacular granite spires and mountains of the massif. These are: Valle del Francés (French Valley), Valle Bader, Valle Ascencio and Valle del Silencio (Silence Valley).

The head of French Valley is a cirque formed by impressive cliffs. To west rise abruptly the colossal walls of Cerro Cota 2000 and Cerro Catedral. The former is named for its elevation (the highest contour line is about 2,000 m) and the latter is named so because its east face resembles a cathedral's facade. To the north stands the mountain called Aleta de Tiburón (Shark's Fin). To the east, from north to south, lie the peaks Fortaleza (Fortress), La Espada (The Sword), La Hoja (The Blade), La Máscara (The Mummer), Cuerno Norte (North Horn) and Cuerno Principal (Main Horn).

Silence Valley is where standing face to face the gigantic granite walls of Cerro Fortaleza and Cerro Escudo (Shield Hill) with the western faces of the Torres del Paine. Ascencio Valley is the normal route to reach the Torres del Paine lookout. The highest mountain of the group is Paine Grande, although its elevation has not been determined with precision.

Southern Patagonian Ice Field mantles a great portion of the park. Glaciers include Dickson, Grey and Tyndall.

Among the lakes are Dickson Lake, Nordenskjöld Lake, Pehoe Lake, Grey Lake, Sarmiento Lake and Del Toro Lake. Only a portion of the latter is within the borders of the park.
The main river flowing through the park is Paine River.


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Hi Mircea,wonderfull landscapes,a great shot.well done

Hello Mircea,
Extraordinary with these different coloured layers for example the reddish one. Great light as well.

I like your "poster" format, Miercea. I seem to love all the images I've seen from Patagonia. I'm jealous of your travels there. The richly saturated rust colors in your shot nicely complement the softer blues. It is a lovely image.


Evelynn : )

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  • tiklod Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 290 W: 74 N: 875] (3397)
  • [2007-09-07 18:59]

Hi Mircea,
Veru beautiful landscape. Great warm light in the middle of the frame and cold colours on top and bottom... Fantastic.


Breath-taking view - wonderful clear reflection, great colors. I love the shift from the white mountain to the dark reds and oranges and then back to the blue. Wonderful composition!

Magnifique photo avec les trois plans, l'eau la terre et le glacier, le reflet est superbe.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-09-07 22:03]

hola Mircea.- Exelente postal la que hoy nos regalas aqui. Verdaderamente muy hermosa. Gran calidad en la foto. Saludos Luis52.

wow, excellent shot.
very beautiful landscape with amazing colors.
With the frame it really looks like a postcard.

Well done

Hello Mircea,

Here is a pic which makes dream.. Superb composition, colours well saturated , and nice light.
It's splendid.



Hello Mircea.
You sure found yourself a long way from home! What an awesome place. Very beautiful colours and light. Great composition and detail. I like the snow blowing off the high peaks. Very lovely, well done.
Regards, Steve.

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  • sayat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 280 W: 0 N: 258] (1457)
  • [2007-09-08 7:58]

Amazing view with a fantastic reflection. Great shot.

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