A calving glacier, Perito Moreno, Argentina
A calving glacier - Perito Moreno, Argentina

A Calving Glacier, Los Glaciares National Park

A request from a photo buyer today allowed me the privilege to spend a few hours this morning reworking some photos I shot a couple years ago at the Perito Moreno Glacier near El Calafate, Argentina. When I listened to this one snap, crack, pop and crash, I knew immediately it was a rare treat, an unforgettable soundtrack served up in all-natural surround sound.

And it was, at least according to the guide on our boat, who described witnessing calvings as “something rare, and very special”. I wound up seeing about half a dozen calvings that day, and managed pictures of a few. In my world, that tops even “rare and special”.

In case you missed it, I published a Perito Moreno Notebook and Image Gallery a few weeks after my February 2013 visit – check it out to satiate your daily glacier fix.

The park is a busy place, but please don’t let that accessibility and the inevitable crowds it attracts turn you off. Instead, consider yourself fortunate that you’re able to see and visit one of the world’s few glaciers that is actually growing –that in itself is astounding– and that it can be appreciated with such relative ease.

How large can calvings be? Here’s a video of the dramatic breakup of the Ilulissat Glacier in Western Greenland, purportedly the largest ever, captured on film by the crew of the critically acclaimed documentary, Chasing Ice.

And for the record: today’s Pic du Jour, the 451st straight, was snapped on 09-Feb-2013 At Los Glaciares National Park in Patagonia, Argentina.


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