Patagonia is the southern tip of South America split between Argentina and Chile. Tip is a bit of an understatement as Patagonia is actually huge and offers diverse landscapes and climates. The chilean side with its fjords is one of the wettest regions on our planet. The hillsides of the mountains are covered in thick temperate rainforest. The argentinian side a bit further to the east is mostly flat and arid and known for its strong winds.

Apart from the weather, Patagonia is famous for its landscapes. Various national parks alongside the Andes and Patagonia’s coasts are home to some of the most spectacular mountains on our planet. Well known parks like Parque Nacional Torres del Paine or Parque Nacional Los Glaciares attract huge crowds of tourists. Climbers come to conquer the peaks, while hikers enjoy various treks around them.

Patagonia is a land of the extremes and visitors either fall in love with it or want to leave on the next bus. So, be prepared for the harsh climate and get ready to explore – you will have the time of your life!

Patagonia on the Blog

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Fitz Roy reflected in Laguna de los Tres at sunrise.

In Patagonia

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Since I'm being treated to some decent internet connection these days I thought I'd give you a little update about my whereabouts... I'm reciding in Ushuaia at the moment with a few hours off, before i continue to Isla Navarino to do one…

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A tent in front of Cerro Fitz Roy at dawn

Merry Christmas 2015

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Merry X-Mas everyone!! I'm lucky enough to be celebrating in Patagonia this year. Here's a shot from last week. I'll post some updates next week - if internet connection permits...

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Fitz Roy reflection at sunset.

Rise of the Dark Knight

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I'm finally back in front of my desktop computer after 11 weeks of travelling. Lots of new stuff to process and work on, but for now all I can offer is this older shot of mine. Found it deep down in my archive last year when I was looking…

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Joerg Bonner looking at mountains and a huge lenticular cloud.

2013… B-Sides and Snapshots

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31st of December. Top-Of and Best-Of lists all over the social webs – you’ve probably seen enough of these. Still, this is the time to look back at the past year and so I thought I’d tell the story of my year with the help of a few shots…

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Sunset behind Glaciar Grey in Parque Nacional Torres del Paine

The Colours of Grey

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Yesterday I finally had the chance to watch the critically acclaimed documentary “Chasing Ice” in which environmental photographer James Balog sets up 25 timelapse cameras to record the decrease of arctic glaciers. While the topic itself…

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Cerro Torre and Fitz Roy at night

Silent Watchers

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Patagonia is mostly known for its famous mountains, but you’ll also find a fair share of stories being told about the notorious weather. And indeed it’s not uncommon to experience four season within one day. Rain, sun and clouds often…

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Cerro Hermoso at sunset.

Beauty Ahead

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The last news about Patagonia that made it into austrian newspapers was when a tourist accidentially set Torres del Paine National Park on fire in December 2011. A few days ago, on May 16th I couldn’t believe my eyes when I read a headline…

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Lago Viedma at sunrise.

Red Dawn

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Excuse me for jumping back and forth between continents, but today I didn’t really feel like posting another himalayan shot. I’ve been busy planning another patagonian adventure that’s supposed to take place during the next few months and…

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Cerro Torre and Fitz Roy at sunrise

Nature Highlights

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I was asked by fellow austrian photographers at NatureHighlights.com to participate in their blog showcasing one nature image a day. I have been following the blog for a while already and have been impressed by the quality of the images on…

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Cerro Norte at sunrise.

Dawn of the Apocalypse

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I have travelled through Patagonia quite a lot and the rugged landscapes have been a huge inspiration for me. But even in a place were beauty is abundant you have to go a bit further – so, by the end of our last stay we left the well…

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Last Moments of Light

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If you're a photographer yourself, you may well have experienced that the most demanding challenges you face are the ones that leave lasting memories. It's the outer circumstances that make those moments, regardless whether they are of success or failure, so special. A picture taken from a car park, no matter how iconeous the scenery or dazzling the light, will never be the same as one that you took one day's march away from civilization.

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Colourful sunset clouds.

Elusive Hues

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There was no time to scout for another composition. I didn't want to miss a second of what was going on on the main stage (more on that in another post). I simply turned around, positioned my tripod, pressed the shutter button twice and…

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Monte San Lorenzo at sunrise.

The Icy Blues

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It's a remote, but incredibly beautiful mountain and has a massive, unclimbed east face - that's more or less all I could find out about Cerro San Lorenzo researching the web. What seemed to qualify this peak as a tempting challenge for…

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Burned trees in Pqrue Nacional Torres del Paine

Scorched Paradise

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On 27th of December 2011 a severe case of human ignorance caused a fire in Chile's Parque Nacional Torres del Paine. Within a few days more than 15.000 hectares of native forest, brushland and steppe fell victim to the flames and the…

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Looking the Cañadon del Rio de las Vueltas in Parque Nacional los Glaciares

The Far Side

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It was our third morning out there and we had already been thinking about not even getting out of the car. All that we could see in the west was a thick layer of low lying clouds. A few curtains of rain were hauled around by the wind.…

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Lenticular clouds and rock formation in Patagonia

Back from Patagonia

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After returning from our first trip to Patagonia I somehow had the feeling that I had to go back. We had seen a lot, but I felt there was so much more. Even the parts that we had already visited had so much to offer, that I was more than…

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Torres del Paine: W-Trek

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For many hikers the W-Trek is a first introduction to multi-day trekking in Patagonia. Parque Nacional Torres del Paine offers everything you'd expect from Patagonia - the rugged mountains, the turqoise lakes, the endless glaciers and of…

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Long exposure of a sunrise at Torres del Paine

Torres del Paine Dawn

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I had already buried my hopes for a sunset shoot when we were cooking dinner (noodles in vegetable soup). The last clouds had disappeared and my legs felt too tired to climb up to the Torres del Paine again (I knew this was a sunrise…

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Sunset on the mountains surrounding El Chaltén

Los Glaciares: El Chaltén

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It was on the bus from El Calafate to El Chaltén, when I first saw the panorama of the cordillera and the shapes of Cerro Torre and Fitz Roy with my own eyes. And in this very moment I realized that this trip was going to be something…

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Sunset clouds above Fitz Roy and Laguna de los Tres

Fitz Roy on Fire

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Chaltén as Fitz Roy was called by the indigenous people is a peak of 3.406m and is well known amongst climbers all around the world. Not only is it a great mountain to climb but also to photograph. Patagonia’s climate and strong winds are…

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Glowing Fitz Roy

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Patagonia and especially Parque Nacional Los Glaciares is a photographer's dream. I had no idea how beautiful it would be when I was planning our trip. I knew that it was going to be one of the highlights of our 8 weeks trip through southern America, but it turned out to be more than that.

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