Condors in Patagonia!

Condor_zoomed (7)This is a shot of Alejandro Galilea the owner the estancia where we go to shoot Andean Condors (Vultur gryphus). Alejandro goes by the name of Jano and I call him the Condor whisperer. He grew up on this ranch and seems to be able to attract the Condors in. It’s certain they all know him well and understand he poses no threat. On this particular day these massive birds put on a beautiful aerial show for us but, with overcast skies and low light, it was tough to get many good sharp images. However, I did manage to nail a couple shots. Condor_zoomed (2)¬†What’s really cool about this shot is that I was fortunate enough to capture some good detail as you can see in this zoomed in shot of the bird’s face. Amazing creatures! Condor_zoomed (2)

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The Arrayan Tree of Chilean Patagonia

ArrayanHDR (1)The Arrayan or Chilean Murtle is a very beautiful and exotic red barked tree which grows in very specific areas throughout southern Chile. They grow very slowly and form interestingly twisted and deformed trunks. I had attempted unsuccessfully to photograph them on several earlier trips but, finally got around to trying some HDRs on them recently and that appears to be the key to effectively capturing their beauty. Technology to the rescue!