Photographing Torres del Paine

Torres del Paine National Park in Chilean Patagonia is one of the most spectacular places on Earth. Mike Bell visited this extraordinary place in 2013. Here is his story

After receiving 5 million votes earlier this year on, the Torres del Paine national park has been named the ‘8th Wonder of the World’ by the website, beating out more than 300 entries from 50 countries. Apart from the Cerro Paine mountain range with its unique 'Horns' (Cuernos), its 935 square miles contain several beautiful lakes and a number of glaciers descending from the Southern Patagonian Ice Field. Most of its 150,000 annual visitors come for the trekking trails around the mountains but it is one of the finest photographic destinations I have ever visited. This year I was there for five days in late June and early July as part of a group led by Scottish landscape photographer Bruce Percy. Having visited Patagonia many times over the years, Bruce had selected midwinter for this trip, explaining that the relatively calm weather in winter might give us the best conditions for capturing great images. We were all well aware that chance would still play a big part as Patagonia is notorious for the fickle nature of its weather ...

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Mike Bell

Mike is a landscape photographer based in Perthshire, Scotland where his photographs have been used by Perth and Kinross Countryside Trust, Visit Scotland, Forestry Commission Scotland and local tourist associations.

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