Arbol Bandera II (Pic du Jour)

I’ve been in a dry, dusty desert setting for the past eight days, which reminded me of one of my favorite trees, what the locals in the southernmost reaches of Patagonia call an arbol bandera, or flag tree.

The name comes from the shape the ceaseless winds pound it into. This is along a dirt road along the Beagle Channel in Tierra del Fuego, about 85 kilometers east of Ushuaia, Argentina, the sourthernmost city in the world. I posted another pic of this tree’s neighbors a couple years ago. (I hugged the one on the right.)

Today’s Pic du Jour, the 368th straight, was taken on 31-Jan-2013, an apt image for Serenity, this week’s Wordress Photo Challenge theme. As stark and unforgiving as this landscape at the end of the world is, it also imparts an irrepressible calm.




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