|'In the Throne Room of the Mountain Gods'|
Valle De Revuelta, Laguna Capri Trail.
|That flash of red is Firebush.|
|View from the park visitor center. |
The Laguna Capri trail starts at the other end of town.
|Back across the Rio Fitz Roy.|
Cerro Torre in the background
|Cerro Torre overlooking the village of El Chalten.|
|Vista approaching the trail head,|
Valle De Revuelta is not yet visible.
|Another view of the valle, farther up the Laguna Capri trail.|
|And even farther up.|
|The Landscape is grand. |
El Chalten, the smoking mountain, overlooks the trail.
|The Paramela is in bloom|
|As you can see, it is a pea (legume) |
Beauty at your feet. I knew it was spring,
but was still astonished by the variety of floral beauty
|Yellow Violet, Viola reichel.|
|A flying flower. Yramea cytheris|
After the grand landscapes, The trail winds into a native Northern Beech woods.
|Northern Beech leaves.|
There are subtle differences between the types of Beech trees.
I did not master them.
|Gray Lichen, Linguen gris adorns the trees.|
|Then the goal is in sight. Moute Fitz Roy, El Chalten.|
El Chalten is a Tehueche word meaning "smoking mountain",
because the peak is often covered with clouds.
Laguna Capri was my turn around point.
From the trailhead to here and back is about six kilometers.
A day trip. One could hike on and on..
|On the way back, |
the Anemones were
|The Evening Primrose, |
Oenothera genus, was waking up
|A Magellenic Woodpecker, was foraging in the shadows|
|Carpintero gigante, female.|
|The male is more shocking!|
|Down and out of the woods|
|On the way down, glacial erratics were more noticeable|
|Lake Viedma comes into view.|
|Then the village of El Chalten. Time for dinner.|
Keep close to Nature's heart and break clear away once in awhile,
and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. ~ John Muir