Stopping for Lunch at the Emerald Lake in the Andes (and a new photo-sharing thing)

We started the hike before the sun came up. It was really cold, so I was dressed in layers. People always give you very silly advice. Actually, whenever anyone tells me to “dress in layers”, I always find it very condescending! Why is that? I don’t know why that bothers me. I mean, OF COURSE dress in layers. Oh, you mean, if I get too hot, I can just take off a layer? Oh, brilliant! Why didn’t I think of that? Well… This is a concept everyone is already familiar with, so whenever anyone tells you to “dress in layers”, try not to let it annoy you as much as it does me.

Anyway, after removing many layers, since I was burning hot after the first five minutes from carrying 50 lbs of camera equipment over the Andes, we stopped at this mountain lake to relax and have a quick lunch. It was a good chance to drop off the bag, put together my camera and tripod, then break it all down again, repack, and get back on the hike.

Also, we have a fun new features opening today on the site. It’s a great and simple way for you to share photos on Facebook, Twitter, Email, or IM. You can probably see it when you mouseover a photo… I think it will be a good way for regular viewers to easily share the photos with their friends and family! Below is a short video showing how to use it (even though it’s pretty dang simple!). Again, the more you share, the better it is for the site… so thanks again, very much!

Stopping for Lunch at the Emerald Lake in the Andes (and a new photo-sharing thing)

  • Mike Diblicek

    HI Trey

    Great shot again today.

    Video’s good as well, although not sure if this is a regional thing, but from here in France, i can’t seem to get it to work, having said that i think it’s a great feature, look forward to using it when i can get it to work, i’m using an iMac 24 and Safari 4.0.3

    All the best


  • Mike Diblicek

    p.s. the video’s working, it’s the feature that’s not.


  • Brian


    Similar situation for me as with Mike. Am I required to dowlnload Meebo? Reading their website I get the impression that I should see it at the bottom of your page but I don’t, obviously. I’m using XP with IE 8.


  • Not working here either!

    Firefox on XP.


  • Well – the Meebo team said they would turn it on any minute now…. !! So – check back soon! πŸ™‚

  • The mountains at the background look eerie. Like something form another world.

  • Stunning photo, Trey. I love this one, too!!! Meebo hasn’t got the feature working yet. Hope I remember to try it tomorrow, lol. πŸ˜‰ But I still share them on facebook anyway and put them in my facebook Trey Ratcliff’s Album. I think I am as proud of what you do as your Mom πŸ™‚

  • It should be working now… just got turned on I heard… you don’t need a download plugin or anything! πŸ™‚

    Hehe thanks gail! πŸ™‚

  • Great photo Trey! I appreciate your willingness to lug camera equipment over the mountains. Wonderful images as a result.

  • Yep, it’s working now. You are very welcome, Trey!!!!

  • casusan

    Love love this photo Trey – stunning! I got the meebo to work with no problem – however am having trouble with that thing on the right and sharing with facebook and others – first I had to take pop ups off stuck – then I still can’t seem to bring up friends to drag and drop to. Will try again later -Super cool new features – this will be fun!

  • WoW. Cool photo as well as cool feature Trey.

  • Hey…amazing photo, Trey! I’m totally with you with regards to the “layers”. Is it still advice if it’s so freakin’ obvious??

    Keep the amazing photos coming.

  • Thanks!

    Melissa – hehe yes good comment

  • This image is absolutely brilliant!

  • Mike Diblicek

    Hi Trey,

    Cool feature, all is working great now in Firefox and Safari.

    All the Best


  • Brad Truxell

    Hey Trey, great photo. My favorite photos are the ones from your past trip to Argentina. I’ve liked everyone so far. Also, I’ve noticed a lot of your recent work has made it to Flickr’s explore page almost everyday…Great job!

  • Shiela

    You are my hero.
    The first time I came across your work I cried, its amazing.

    Thank you for inspiring me.

  • DJ Ox

    One of my new top 10 favorites from you! Breathtaking image!!!

  • Irvin

    Is there some way to hide the “Drag to Share” thingy that now appears in the middle of every photo? It is really annoying

  • Irvin

    Sorry d-uh, ignore previous comment. I see that the “Drag to Share” thing only appears when your mouse is over the photo, and keeping the cursor off the photos will stop it showing up

  • Javier

    Chalten is a little part of Patagonia..
    Torres del Paine in Chile is the great amazing real Patagonia.. is closer.

  • trey… incredible shot, and i love the new ability to easily tweet these things, and it looks pretty too! what is the program though that you are using for your mouse animations, like the magnified mouse and the red circle that explodes on a click… i really like it haha

  • Thanks very much.

    Shiela – I hope it was the good-crying ! Thanks πŸ™‚

    DJ – oh thanks! Glad it made the top 10 πŸ™‚

    Irvin – yes – I hope the mouseover is not too easy…. I hope everyone figures that out too. ! I don’t want to annoy people.

    Elliot – thanks! I have a little review of that product coming up soon! πŸ™‚ Maybe even by Fri.

  • Cool feature! Good idea!

  • Brian Yutko


    The new feature is awesome and works great! I’m a long-time everyday reader and I promote your site to all my friends πŸ™‚

    I have one question (I don’t know if this is the appropriate place to ask but oh well): What logic do you use for organizing your pictures? Do you do it within Lightroom? I’ve been trying to make one folder per “event” (I leave my house with the camera) but that’s getting a bit overwhelming. And sometimes I only take 1 or 2 pictures. I also try to separate my jpgs from RAW. Not only that but it sometimes gets complicated when you save multiple versions of an image as you post process it. I imagine with your amount of pictures and work that you have some genius way to organize… I was wondering if you could give some insight?

    Thanks!! And sorry if this is not the right place to ask.

  • THanks!

    Brian – yes I should take some time to go through my workflow… not sure it is the best, but it works… but it takes a LONG time to describe, as you can imagine

  • Regarding how I make these videos, I have a little tutorial up at

  • Elton

    You seriously take the most beautiful pictures I have ever seen. You inspire me to learn all I can about HDR imagery. I came across your website yesterday and I have been amazed by your pictures.

    Great Shot!!!!

  • Thanks Elton – I appreciate it!

  • Udo D

    Is there a way to turn this sharing feature off? I find it rather distracting from the fantastic pictures you are posting here.

  • man, you HAVE to come to visit ushuaia, the end of the patagonia,also the end of the world.

  • kertong

    I’ve been following your work for a while now – Imagine my surprise when I heard that you were going live with the meebo bar! πŸ™‚ Looks great here, and I’m glad people are using it to share your work!

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