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Every and each image has its own story and here is a good story telling bulltin board.  Please comment and let me know how you like or not like about the stories.  Thanks.

By KUANTUNG PAN, Jun 22 2015 09:15PM

I was born and grown up in Taipei, Taiwan, a sub-tropical island and I have never seen snow in my life while I was growing up. The only ice I have ever seen is from the refrigerator and the only big ice I have ever seen is from TVs. Patagonia is the first time where I have a chance to really touch and stand on top of the solid big ice. The deep blue ice could be soul deep. The crystal clear glacier water seems floating in surreal. It took hundreds if not thousands of years to form the big ice and the unfathomable sorrow I have is spending only moment on it to try to catch its essence.



By KUANTUNG PAN, Jun 22 2015 09:12PM

A storm just passed by and another is forming. In between storms, the water seems so soothing and tranquil. As I am still wet from head to toe thanks for the last storm, I can’t help but stop and stand there to enjoy the moment of peacefulness. While traveling especially hiking in the wilderness, a storm is really inconvenient but we may hardly realize and appreciate the peacefulness without experiencing a storm first.



By KUANTUNG PAN, Jun 21 2015 10:11PM

As I am staring at the front of a store and thinking how or if I am going to take a shot, a little puppy come and sit right in front of the door. It’s like he is manifesting sovereignty. Instantly, there is no how or if, thus this image is actualized.



My Home 355 (Patagonia)
My Home 355 (Patagonia)

By KUANTUNG PAN, Jun 20 2015 08:09PM

El Calafate is a mid size and lovely town setting beside Lago Argetino. Though I come here twice and both times only for the bus station to transport me to somewhere else, I am thrilled with the townscape. Lovely homes are all around town and nothing more than a warm, cozy house intriguing a traveler who is far away from home. Try to avoiding the crowd during the day and take a stroll around town in the morning while it’s quiet and peaceful. It’s a feast to your vision and emotions. More often than not, we glance than really see, we glide by than really experience, we spot jumping than really travel. This is a place worth your while to see, to experience and to travel to.



Home 200 (Patagonia)
Home 200 (Patagonia)

By KUANTUNG PAN, Jun 20 2015 08:04PM

Weather is the most unknown factor in Patagonia. One moment sunshine blanks the terrain and the next a storm could swipe water out of a pond and wet all over you. I spend close to two hours to make a final decision to hike up in the Fitz Roy area because the indicator on my barometer dancing up and down like a wild monkey on drug! When I come up to this living monument, I can’t help but admire it stands in this barren and rough terrain. Wind, sun, sand, rain and who knows what else are all inscribe themselves onto this tree. All we need is patience, a little patience to feel, admire and appreciate it.



Fortitude 181 (Patagonia)
Fortitude 181 (Patagonia)

By KUANTUNG PAN, Jun 19 2015 08:07PM

Hiking around Torres del Pain area and along a glacier; the breeze is soothing, the hill is gentle, and the sunshin is exciting. I turn around in the middle of nowhere and see this red rock standing there with wild flower surrounding it. There is nothing special about the rock nor the view but just because there is nothing special about it makes my trigger finger itch. There are too many nothing special things around us all the time because we never have had the chance to stop and smell the roses. Only if we realize the significance of these nothing special, we can taste the essence.



Serenity 102 (Patagonia)
Serenity 102 (Patagonia)

By KUANTUNG PAN, Jun 19 2015 07:46PM

After a long day’s hike with a heavy backpack on my back; I take a shower, cook a simple dinner, and can’t wait to retreat into my tent to call the day. Even though my body was aching from head to toe, my eyes were hunger and greedy to see more. I also need a quite and relaxing moment. As I am holding a cup of tea to rehydrate myself and sitting on the picnic table in the camping area, suddenly, a glimpse of the sky catches my attention. Forget the aching body, I dive into my tent, grab the camera and tripod and run with only sandals on. This cloud is forming and changing rapidly. It’s like the entire sky is in motion or a cloud volcano exploding. I need a good angle to catch this. I run forward and then backward trying to find a sweet spot. Finally, after the cloud formation was gone and finishing taking pictures I found out I am actually standing on top of a picnic table surrounded by a group of people from the camping area who are also stunned and standing there like chopsticks by this speechless natural phenomenon.


Inspiration 056 (Patagonia)
Inspiration 056 (Patagonia)

By KUANTUNG PAN, Jun 19 2015 07:45PM

In order to witness the gentle yet golden sun shine onto the famous Torres del Pain rock wall, we must wake up, get up and be ready around 4 o’clock before dawn and then hike a few miles uphill. If you turn around to catch your breath during the hike you will see a trail of headlights wobbling up and down the hill behind you in the dark like fire flies but in a much slower motion. Other than keep an eye on the time, you will also need to keep both of your eyes on the trails. First there is a forest, a dense forest. Even during the day time, you won’t be able to see much sunlight through the dense leaves in the forest and the temperature is much cooler in it. Then there is a sand hill. In previous afternoon the first time I hike up to the Torres del Pain rock wall I see quite a few people hike down the hill with bend hiking poles. At first I was wondering what happened till I come up to this sand hill. The hill is steep and the sand is moving under your feet. It makes you feel you are slipping two steps backward every time you move one step forward. I thought that is how and where the bending hiking poles happened. I was very wrong. I didn’t realize I was wrong till I come up to the rocky hill. All sorts of rocks; huge, big, small, medium sizes rocks built up the hill. With all the rocks you can hardly find where the trail is. Hiking poles can be easily bent here. I know I am right this time because I almost bend my hiking poles while climbing among these rocks. Rocks are hard and there are countless holes and cracks among them. A careless slip or pull a little harder, there you go it’s time for a new pair of hiking pole but not till you first get out of this hell hike. Then suddenly the Torres del Pain rock wall is there, right there, majestic and magnificent!


Moment 028 (Patagonia)
Moment 028 (Patagonia)
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