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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~

Big Gulp~


This cormorant seems to have caught,

more than he can swallow!

His mother obviously never taught him, not to gulp his food.

The Snowy Egrets,


also seem to bite off more than they can chew,

but there is lots of determination,


to eat what you catch,

no matter how hard it is,

to swallow!


Cheers to you from the very well fed Cormorants & Egrets~

Punto Tombo~


Punto Tumbo is a nature reserve located on Argentina’s central Patagonian coast.


It was set aside as a reserve in 1979,


and is home to the largest colony of Magellanic Penguins in the world.


It is also home to the Guanaco, the largest non-domesticated herbivore in South America.


Guanacos are members of the camel family and are undomesticated or wild llamas.


Adult Guanacos can weigh up to 310 pounds and are excellent swimmers.


They coexist happily with the penguins,


which is just a shameless lead-in to slip in a couple more penguin pics!


The final photo is from Gypsy Cove in The Falkland Islands which is an entirely different colony of Magellanic Penguins that I also couldn’t resist slipping in.

Cheers to you from the stunning wild creatures of the southern latitudes~

Happy Feet~

Are shouting out!

Wishing you,

the Happiest New Year!

They bring you,

quiet beaches,

to relax on,

oceans,

to swim in,

friendly compadres,

to hang out with,

and chicks,

to admire!

Cheers to you from the penguins & I~

 

Inca Tern~


Meet the Inca Tern!

Even the females wear their mustaches with pride.

Inca Tern’s occupy the territories of Chile and Peru once occupied by the Incas, hence their name.

They are considered one of the world’s most unique bird species.

In the 1850’s there were millions of them.

Their population is now estimated at 150,000.

I had no idea there would be such limited access to wifi on this trip, but I have never taken an entirely ship based trip before. Maritime wifi is extremely slow and expensive preventing me from responding to comments or commenting on your posts. Shore visits are intensive with limited time.

I so miss your comments and talking with you. I miss the feeling of traveling together virtually.

We are heading further south now towards Torres de Paine, Tierra del Fuego, and Cape Horn.

Our adult children have joined us for the holidays.

In about two weeks, we will return to terra firma, and I so look forward to catching up with you!

Until then, the gorgeous Inca Terns and I wish you Feliz Navidad y Prospero Ano Nuevo!

Ushuaia & The Beagle Channel!

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The happy penguins of Patagonia!
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The Beagle Channel is named after Darwin’s ship, the HMS Beagle. Darwin explored and mapped the entire southern tip of Patagonia.
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The Andes.

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Channel view from Andes hike.
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Poppies everywhere!

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Parque Nacional Tierra del Fuego, Ushuaia Argentina. (This means “Land of Fire” and was named by Darwin. It referred to all the fires Darwin saw from his ship that were lit by the native people to keep warm.)
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Ushuaia terrain.
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I would recommend adding gorgeous Patagonia to your bucket list if you like to travel.
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Happy Sunday to you from The Holler!

Patagonian Memories!

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Stunning Patagonia. We were back for the second time in January of this year.

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This is a saltwater marsh bird-sanctuary in El Calafate Argentina. It looked like a Monet painting.

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These Harrier Hawks were guarding their nest and dove at us repeatedly. We wore tie on hats and protective eyewear and ducked a lot. We moved out of their nesting territory, but not before I took some shots. It was quite exhilarating!
Note the talons!

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He looks rather annoyed at me doesn’t he!

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The Southern Caracara’s were everywhere!

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We came upon this herd of oncoming traffic while exploring down a dirt road in Las Rocas, El Calafate. You can see why Patagonia is famous for its horses. They were a gorgeous sight, and a bit of a problem as the road had no shoulder! They streamed around us quite politely though!
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El Perito Morena Glacier El Calafate.

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This Night Heron was in Ushuaia Argentina, the southern most city in the world, nicknamed El Fin Del Mundo. Of course we want to go back!
Cheers to you and happy Tuesday!