THE Traveler: Kay V. Christianson of Minneapolis.
The scene: Visitors on a viewing platform are dwarfed by the Perito Moreno Glacier in Los Glaciares National Park, in the Andes of southwest Argentina. The glacier, fed by the Southern Patagonia Ice Field, covers nearly 97 square miles.
Destination: The Perito Moreno Glacier is a UNESCO World Heritage Natural Site. “Interestingly, this glacier is not melting. In fact, it is advancing. The reasons remain debated by glaciologists,” Christianson wrote in an e-mail. She also noted that the glacier is in Patagonia, the region of southern South America that is shared by Argentina and Chile, “where natural wonders and breathtaking scenery abound.” Most visitors stay in El Calafate, Argentina; many tours depart from the town on the shores of Lake Argentino.
Getting the shot: “I hiked throughout the area all day and was able to return to my favorite sites. This one gave me the most expansive view of the glacier. The people in the foreground gave me the perspective of the sheer size of it,” Christianson wrote. She used a Canon Powershot SX50HS camera to take this photograph.
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