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For the last hike with the group, we went to Lago Grey (the lake created by Glacier Grey), where a small spit formed a collection area for Icebergs that had calved from the glacier. This Iceberg Field yielded a plethora of shapes and sizes, including icebergs that had complete circles carved through them. All the while, Cerro Paine Grande watched over us. 

The group at Lago Grey's Iceberg Field
Lupine along the lakeshore
The Iceberg Field

The deepness of the glacier blue in the icebergs was spectacular. This blue, especially when backlit by the sun, yields an amazingly rich and deep color, for its lightness. 

Panoramic view from the terminal moraine that ends the lake

The blue of the icebergs stood in beautiful contrast to the deep greens of the forest that lined the connected "island". 

Blue and Green
Waves caught in ice slush
Patterns of ice slush

It seems like every trip I take these days, there is usually one spot that contains a unique smallscale phenomenon that yields a wonderful texture or image that can easily go unnoticed. For instance, in the Alps, it was the ice blast zone beneath Krimml Falls.

For the Patagonia trip, there was a unique phenonmenon that caused the subtle waves of a lake to be etched semi-permanently into the surface of the lake. Here's what happened: The 3-4 inches of snow from the previous day landed on the lake. Because the glacier fed lake is so cold, the snow on the top surface of the lake did not melt, instead it was a soft slush resting just beneath the surface. Then, with the Iceberg field protecting it, the waves of the lake were so softened, they did not break apart this slush layer. Instead, the slush was gently folded onto itself, creating gentle etchings of the waves into the top permeable layer. Lastly, has the waves wrapped around rocks and grounded Icebergs left with only a few inches of ice left, the etched waves took on beautiful shapes. Enough said, take a look at the pictures. 

Slush Etchings
More slush waves

The image to the right is my favorite. As I took the picture, I realized that this was going to be one of my favorite pictures from the whole trip. It succeeded. 

My favorite

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