El Fin del Mundo~

We keep going back to ‘The End of the World.’

This poppy was as big as a salad plate!

This was our third visit, but this time we were joined by our adult children for the holidays, which made it the best ever.

Ushuaia Argentina is the southern-most city in the world,

and can be accessed via the stunning Beagle Channel and Tierra del Fuego.

The city is surrounded by the towering glacier-rich Andes cordillera (spine), which was shrouded with clouds on this visit.

This part of the world is a wildlife and birders paradise and I will post some critters next.

Not too many people come here, but those who do are rewarded with vast tracks of open spaces and pristine nature everywhere.

Cheers to you from The End of the World~

260 thoughts on “El Fin del Mundo~

    1. And right next door is Antarctica which is the most beautiful place I have ever seen. Hugs to you Carrie and congrats on your new book. It sounds interesting and I will read it!

    1. Yes! We were supposed to go to the northern pole in 2017, but a family health emergency compelled us to cancel. It is on the books for this year. Fingers crossed…..

    1. Yes! We have been and I posted about it. It is the most mind boggling experience ever and it changed my life. I really got serious about photography AFTER going to Antarctica and I want to return & take photos. It is actually hard going to Ushuaia and not hopping over The Drake Passage into Antarctica. It is the most wildlife dense location on the planet and the animals are not scared of people! Visiting Antarctica was a spiritual experience for me.

  1. Cindy, I love the look at this End of the World – astonishing place and the colours are divine. The blue on the Andes is almost surreal. Astonishing photos and the innate peace of the place is captured beautifully.

        1. Good point! I have photographed this area in the sunshine with clouds but not overcast, and it was more of a challenge whilst overcast, but I really appreciate you appreciating the results. Thank you Alexander.

  2. How truly beautiful and exciting. I appreciate the fact that you bring me along when you travel. There are so many lovely things to see. I’m so glad you’re having a fabulous time.

  3. Dahmane Thami

    Hello Cindy and Family

    It’s very beautiful place and the pictures are great
    The views extraordinarily taken .
    Again you guys envoy the serenade of the place
    Cindy keep working with joy and peace.👍😘

  4. Here I am at the end of the comments world, so far! 😀
    I’m so impressed that you’ve been all the way to Tierra del Fuego! I’m also sure it’s one of the last least unspoiled places on earth. I say “least” because it seems our global warming is ruining the ice that penguins live on.
    My brother-in-law went down for a job (photography) about 10 years ago. He lived on a ship that went through all that ice where the penguins live, and photographed them. So austere, but the penguins are beautiful. So, now I know 2 people who went to the end of the world.
    Amazing photos, Cindy, and just plain amazing!

    1. The first time we were here we went on to Antarctica which changed my life. That was ten years ago and I had just taken early retirement. We came back a second time and stayed for a week. Going through Tierra del Fuego this time, my husband and I were struck with the retreat of the ice. It was extremely dramatic. Black rock instead of ice met the sea. Penguin chicks are reportedly dying because the parents go out one at a time to fish and bring food home, and they have to go so far out to find fish, the chicks starve while they wait. It still looks pristine and incredible, but the damage unfortunately is even reaching down here.

    1. This was our third visit to this region. On our first, we went to Antarctica which is by far the most incredible travel experience of my life. I do want to go back, maybe next time we travel down here. But the first time was so magical, spiritual, and perfect, with perfect weather, that I am almost afraid to spoil the memory. There was a guy with us who was on something like his 30th trip to Antarctica!

    1. This whole area, the gateway to Antarctica, is just like a soothing spiritual dream. I have to keep going back to convince myself it is real. People aren’t here so much, but creation is everywhere.

    1. Who knows how long I will continue to be able to travel due to intervening variables… called real life.
      But the best thing is, I can travel right now, and do travel, everynight, in my imagination, and these trips are the best ones ever, because unlike real life, they are perfect, since I make them up.
      If these photos put positive images of far flung places in your mind and you travel there in your imagination, then I am very happy, because you are engaging in perfect travel, and you deserve it.

      1. I’ve seen a lot of the world but from moving place to place and being exposed to different cultures in depth. We never sought out the lovely areas. Those days are done but I still have my memories. You get to fill in all the other blanks. Books and documentaries add to it. Then I get to feel like I’ve been there. I’m glad you have such a vivid imagination. 🙂 Maybe that’s what makes your photos extraordinary. I’m lucky you can travel but my guess is you would see the marvel in anywhere you are. You change my perspective with how you see things.

        1. “….but my guess is you would see the marvel in anywhere you are.” This is exactly it! I can be anywhere, and I will find the beauty. It is always there, no matter where you are, just waiting to be noticed. You are an extraordinary person and I so glad we had the opportunity to meet.

    1. The Andes are magnificent and you can hike in them. El Calafate where we were in prior trip is a great Andes hiking starting point. You can also access the Andes from Chile.

  5. I would keep going back to “The friENd of the world” too. ٩(๑•◡-๑)۶ⒽⓤⒼ♡⑅*•. ·͙*̩̩͙˚̩̥̩̥*̩̩̥͙·̩̩̥͙*̩̩̥͙˚̩̥̩̥*̩̩͙‧͙ .•♡

    1. It is definitely good to have friends at the end, and the beginning, and in-between! ٩(๑•◡-๑)۶ⒽⓤⒼ♡⑅*•. ·͙*̩̩͙˚̩̥̩̥*̩̩̥͙·̩̩̥͙*̩̩̥͙˚̩̥̩̥*̩̩͙‧͙ .•♡

  6. Hey Cindy, Namaste 🙂

    Travelling the world from the comfort of my armchair hardly seems appropriate but whilst you continue to enthral with images and views of so many destinations, I shall continue travelling with you sat here 🙂

    I’m actually very taken with the minimalist simplicity of Ushuaia. It feels a place untouched by excess and untainted by the machinations of humankind. I imagine it a close community. The wilderness that surrounds it is spectacular: pristine is a great word – I will look forward to images of the local wildlife as and when you post 🙂 Great stuff, thanks.

    I was taken with the poppy….the red of her is such an allure.

    Lady Poppy is magnificent, she always catches my eye.
    “Lay down your weary head my Love,” she whispers with a sigh.
    “Come dream the dream of Kings and Queens in my Opiate lullaby.”
    “Morpheus waits At The End Of The World: – are you ready to fly high?”

    Hoping all is well Cindy and life is a peach on a beach or a stroll on an atoll or a circumnavigation of sun-drenched decking 🙂

    Namaste 🙂


    1. My great grandfather was a poppy plantation owner in Bulgaria. I don’t actually know if that made him an opium supplier or just a flower lover. I suppose he could have been both. He reportedly was a staunch sort and his son became a judge in the US who rarely drank wine, and never grew poppies, only cacti and roses. I have inherited a love of poppies, but thankfully not of opium.
      I am so pleased you travel with me, my friend. You make the experience richer~

      1. Lady Poppy inspires dreams in all manner of ways and was no doubt just waiting for a reader to ask after her 🙂 That is a fascinating little story and you told it so well – there’s also a poem just itching to start about a judge in the US who rarely drank wine, and never grew poppies, only cacti and roses – I couldn’t of come up with that as a character profile in a million years. 🙂

        I love the idea of Cacti and Roses growing side by side: such a beautiful balance (and another poem!) My grandfather also grew cacti having been a rose enthusiast and if memory serves secreted away a Maple Bonsai: but I have just the faintest recall as if I am remembering nothing more than one glimpse.

        Tis a pleasure to travel with you Cindy. I enjoy all you blog.

        Namaste 🙂


          1. Well now Cindy, that is a beautiful sentiment to wake up to on a Sunday morning 🙂
            Might we have met once before in a poem?
            In a forest bathed in Moonlight.
            Might I have been led by your ethereal Vixen
            As you danced me to the end of night?
            Might I recall the gifts you gave to me,
            When in the chamber of your bower:
            Might Chivalry, Kingship and Noble Love,
            Have been the order of the hour?
            Might we have shared one moment so fine,
            One moment to last in my heart for all time.
            Might we always be together in the poetic wishing well,
            Waltzing through the wilds as one bound within Love’s spell.
            From London Foxes onwards we’ve shared one Loving heart,
            You are the travelling Hummingbird with a fiery Appalachian hearth
            I am the tramping stowaway who walks with you stride for stride.
            The Minstrel whose melancholy leaves him when journeying by your side.
            Thank you for being Empyrean’s luminary daughter 😉

            Love you Cindy. Have a wonderful weekend.

            Namaste <3


  7. Great shots, Cindy – they capture the End of the World very well. I’m just “up the road” though – in Los Lagos in Chile right now – recommended (!) if you can make it on your current trip.

    Thanks for the pics of Ushuaia!

  8. When I went to Wisconsin with hubby… that seemed like another world – right on the edge of Lake Michigan. How wonderful to have your whole family travel with you!

    Send some warmth this way… while we have had a spring-like day or two, our winter has been bone chilling!

    Hugs, and thanks… Jules

    1. We’ll take your precipitation and you can have our sunshine! I am so sorry to hear about your troll. You do know you can blacklist sorts at WP and they are not allowed to comment on your blog. It works beautifully and is one of the benes of WP. Happy New Year Jules~

    1. A bit of both, but this is the longest I had been on a boat at one time, a total of 30 days. I live in the land of perpetual sunshine in Southern California, so traveling to the colder latitudes is fine for me, but if you live where it is colder, as you do, it makes sense to travel to the sun!

  9. All the photos are gorgeous, but the second from the end is a masterpiece. Thank you for taking us to a place I haven’t seen in real life. I almost feel like I’ve been there now 🙂 Thank you! Have a wonderful weekend!

  10. Argentina is the tip of South America! I like the idea of it being the “end of the world,” Cindy.
    Hope this 2018 holds many more family trips, wonders and delights. 🎉 💗 💐

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