An Icy Cold Evening not too far from Antarctica

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Daily Photo – An Icy Cold Evening

I’m always amazed at all the little living things in the most extreme conditions. I’m a big fan of all those science shows that talk about various organisms and extremophiles that barely cling to life in the most bare of circumstances. I was reminded of this while at this icy cold lake in Argentina.

I’m used to moss and lichen and this sort of thing growing in more temperate climates, so I was surprised to see whole rocks covered in it, especially with little icebergs floating nearby. It did give some nice color to an otherwise blue-cold-stark scene.

The only thing more stark than this scene was the cooking waiting for me back at the camp. I don’t mean to say anything bad at all about the two Russian women that were cooking for me — but over a week’s worth of in-the-bush Russian food is enough to harden any soft man. My main mate on the trip was ex-Soviet military, so he was used to these sorts of rations and seemed to enjoy it — or, at least tolerate it with less of a grimace.

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  • https://twitter.com/iWantnext Can aka iWantnext

    It’s always stunning to see how you somehow mask the water so good there is no ghosting and one thinks it’s a screenshot out of a BBC Documentary BlueRay DVD!
    Little remark: Although the stones in the foreground enhance the pic with some color, I think I would have composed the photo in a way that you can see more from the sky.

    btw., I don’t like the new font updates too much. Especially the font you use for the headlines is too “oriental”…

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/micahbond/ Tim

    Awesome shot! I think it could use a bit more sky too though :)

  • Gail in Montana

    Couldn’t connect with facebook this morning :-( . But I can still comment, lol. You teach us so many things, Trey. Who would have thought that moss and lichen would grown in that cold area!!! Love the photo, very beautiful!! Great capture of the lichen covered stones in the water. Is that a little iceburg floating out there in the middle? What an amazing place, glad you got to go on that trip!!!! Even if the food wasn’t the best ;-). Have a great day, all.

  • casusan

    Beautiful Trey! Yes, your little stories that go with the photos always make it even better!

  • http://wasatchreflections.com Darrin

    It looks dark and cold there. Great shot at capturing a mood.

  • http://www.learningguitarnow.com John

    Great photo! You really have some talent.

  • Richard

    I think the composition works great. More sky would not have been all that interesting. And even if the little iceberg were still included, it would have looked funny floating all by itself at the bottom of the frame. The iceberg, rocks, and the water in the foreground are really the story here.

    Keep in mind though that, on rare occasions, I’ve been shown to be completely wrong on these kinds of things… :0

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    Nice shot !

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  • http://www.stuckincustoms.com Trey Ratcliff

    sure – I use WordPress

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