Morning photo: Tierra del Fuego

The southernmost national park in the world

Lago Roca in Tierra del Fuego National Park Argentina.

SUMMIT COUNTY — I’ve taken many more snow photos in the past few days, as Old Man Winter rolls on in Summit County, but I thought I’d give it a break, so I’m featuring Tierra del Fuego National Park, the southernmost park in the world. Leigh and I visited here after a 10-day sea voyage around Antarctica, and the verdant scene was a welcome change from all the ice and snow — sort of like when spring finally arrives here in the high country.

On the shores of Lago Roca, with heavy rainshowers moving in.

The 240-square-mile park was created in 1960 and extends north from the Beagle Channel to the Chilean border. Wildlife includes the Andean condor and the Andean Fox.

Dramatic scenery along the shores of glacier-fed Lago Roca.
A fiery sunrise over Ushuaia, Argentina, gateway to Tierra del Fuego National Park.

Rabbits, beavers, muskrats and other species introduced by European settlers have had a huge impact on the park’s ecosystems, but big parts of the backcountry are closed altogether and managed as scientific research areas. At the lower elevation, the forest is dominated by mossy, branching beech trees.

Leigh Wadden hikes along a beech-lined trail.
Colorful understory with tinges of autumn reds in Tierra del Fuego National Park.
Tierra del Fuego.

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