El Bolson – Rio Negro (Patagonia) Argentina
Travelling to Patagonia has been a lifelong bucket-list destination for me. Settled by early Swiss, German, Dutch and even Welsh immigrants to Argentina, Patagonia is a wild and rugged land full of natural beauty and wonder. Patagonia is a divided land, Chile to the west and Argentina to the east, and the great divide is the world’s second highest mountain range—the Andes Mountains.
Yesterday I travelled from San Carlos de Bariloche in northern Patagonia to El Bolson in the Rio Negro region of middle Patagonia. I left in a heavy morning rain, that quickly turned to blowing snow, for the 170 km ride down Route 40 to El Bolson. Descending into the small valley below the snow stopped blowing, but the temperature remained crisp and the sky overcast.
I arrived with the expectation that I would be photographing the beautiful mountain lakes and dramatic mountain peaks of the Andes, and I did that, but the image that spoke to me most forcefully was this one—a simple red farm-house nestled among dormant fruit trees, pine trees, and vacant unkept fields. Spring will arrive in Patagonia in a couple of weeks and all this will change as life renews itself.
But for now this simple farmhouse remains in its peaceful slumber as the harsh winter months slowly recede. This photo is not available for sale yet, I’m testing it on social media, because I sometimes find that my favorite images don’t always appeal to a wider audience—in the meantime I will wait and see how this particular image is received. We’ll see if this photo of a simple red farm-house, nestled in the middle of Patagonia, resonates with my viewers.
1/160s @ f/5.6 ISO 200 @ 200mm
Stephen F. Dennstedt
Photographer, Writer, Traveller