Photo Program – “Iconic South American Landscapes”
By Mike Naney
Linda and Mike backed by the Cuernos del Paine, Parque Nacional Torres del Paine, Chile
The LeConte Photographic Society is proud to present another photo program on Sat., March 18th at 10:00 a.m. at the King Family Library in the Burchfield Room. This presentation “Iconic South American Landscapes” will show the beauty of three South American National Parks. Mike Naney and his wife Linda made this awesome trip in 2014 and would like to share their travels with you.
Mike and Linda Naney’s shared enthusiasm for nature and travel can be traced back to their childhoods when both were instilled with adventurous spirits by their parents. Linda’s family enjoyed exposure to a number of world cultures during her father’s career in the Air Force and more outdoor adventures when the family was at home in rural Wisconsin. Mike’s family enjoyed camping, fishing, hiking and hunting weekends in northern California. Linda and Mike met during a full moon bicycle ride on the Cades Cove loop road, and were married after numerous shared biking, hiking, kayaking, and cross-country skiing adventures.
As retirement approached they began to discuss plans for travel. Neither had talked about Patagonia as a travel destination in the past, and they were surprised by their mutual interest in the region. Linda’s first memories of Patagonia are from the time her family spent in South America, and when she saw pictures of the region. Mike’s interest was sparked by photographs of the region he had seen in outdoor equipment catalogs of the 1970’s.
“Iconic South American Landscapes”, is based on Mike and Linda’s trip to three South American national parks. Their adventure began with tours of Los Glaciares and Torres del Paine National Parks in the Patagonian region of Argentina and Chile, and ended at Iguazu Falls on the border of northern Argentina with Brazil.
In Patagonia they traveled through desert punctuated by glacier-fed, large blue lakes to the eastern edge of the Andes where towering peaks sculpted by ice and water stand in sharp contrast above the dry landscape. Travel through the region was by bus, boats, and short hikes to view and photograph the landscapes, flora, and fauna that attract visitors from around the world.
At Iguazu Falls they experienced and photographed the largest waterfall complex in the world from both the Argentine and Brazilian sides of the Iguazu River. A multitude of two-tier cascades fall from both sides of the Iguazu River canyon along a 2 mile section of river. The broad river flows first into the narrow canyon at a horse shoe fall (Devils Throat) and continues to form cascades downstream as the river flows atop both sides of the canyon rim. On a sunny day rainbows can be seen in abundance in the mist of two-hundred-seventy-five cascades.
This is not a library sponsored event. This program is free and open to the public. If you would like to learn more about our photo club, please visit: www.lecontephotographic.com