Friday’s Weekly Travel Photo – Scottish Waterfalls

Scottish Highlands

Scotland is famous for its waterfalls with good reason. They dot the Scottish countryside and enrich it making it one of my favorite places in the world. The clouds often blend with the rivers and waterfalls in beautiful and unusual ways out along the highland’s bald mountaintops. However, within Scotland’s rich and lush forest zones there are other, equally wonderful waterfalls. The falls featured in today’s Friday Photo were made that much more special by large salmon which were in the process of making their voyage up stream to spawn during my visit. The fish, often several pounds and more than 2 feet long, would launch themselves blindly up the falls in impressive shows of physicality and instinctually driven impulse.

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Friday’s Weekly Travel Photo – Perito Moreno Glacier

Hiking Perito Moreno Glacier - Patagonia, Argentina

Located in the heart of southern Patagonia in Argentina the Perito Moreno Glacier is one of the few glaciers in the world which is currently growing. Perito Moreno is part of Los Glaciares National Park in the Santa Cruz Province. Unlike many of its siblings which are covered in a thick layer of black dirt Perito Moreno tends to be a fairly clean glacier. This means easy access to beautiful white glacial ridges and the chance to see the deep blues of glacial ice that is at times thousands of years old. The glacier is approximately 19 miles long, can be up to 550 feet deep, and has an average depth of around 240 feet. This Andes-fed glacier system is part of  the third largest fresh water reserve in the world.

I took this photo of the side of the glacier near its calving edge during an ice trek which wound up along the side of the glacier, past several waterfalls and finally out towards the center of the Perito Moreno. After pausing for lunch in a light snow storm we worked our way back down towards the glacier’s leading edge.  The entire experience was stunning.

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