Mist of Patagonia

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Mist of Patagonia

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It was an evening on the hillside nearest Camp El Chileno in Torres Del Paine National Park, Chile. A serene sunset is never so for the photographer—scrambling to anew vantage as quickly as exposures expose. In hustle, I had taken off my rain jacket, headlamp, and threw down a few memory cards near the top of the mountain. Without anything on my mind but the landscape I kept running down the hill with just a tripod and my 35mm glass hitched to my back. As the scene closed I quickly realized that my path down was uncharted and not only was dark closing in, but so were ominous clouds from the behind the massif behind. A day earlier I was caught in a snowstorm; anything is possible.

Running up is harder than down. If rain fell, it would almost certainly inflict some damage to my uncovered equipment. Time was measured in breaths and paces skyward, weighing heavier than each grain of sand in an hour glass. Did I turn here? Was this my path? Reflections of my own foolishness set as I realized I chased beauty like a fish a pretty lure.

In pure dusk I reached the small precipice which held my belongings. A red headlamp, an orange jacket, and a pack full of memory cards. The camera snuck into my jacket in fetal form as the clouds came to earth and I took stride back to El Chileno.

This photograph, Mist of Patagonia, is from that evening on the southern aspect of Monte Almirante Neito, overlooking the Rio Ascencio which weaves the horizon.