Vinagrillo (a.k.a. Common Sorrel) at the Base of Torres Del Paine

A Field of Vinagrillo (a.k.a. Common Sorrel) at the Base of Torres Del Paine

Patagonia Flora

The Flowers of Torres Del Paine National Park

 

The Patagonia flora is not the first thing you’ll notice during a visit to Torres Del Paine National Park, the centerpiece of Chile’s burgeoning ecotourism industry.

 

Located 70 miles north of the nearest town, Puerto Natales, this is a land primarily known for its larger-than-life natural attractions: Big blue skies, expansive fields of grass and common sorrel, glaciers that stretch as far as the eye can see, megafauna such as guanacos and Andean condors, and of course the majestic mountain peaks of the Paine massif itself.

 

With so much “WOW!”-worthy eye candy vying for your attention, you’ll be forgiven if it takes you a while to look down and notice the magical minutiae of the miniature forest at your feet. When we visited Chile last November, it was spring in the Southern Hemisphere, with flowers of myriad shapes and colors miraculously working their way through the arid soil of this harsh climate, where winds frequently whip at speeds of up to 80 mph.

 

Perhaps it’s no surprise that the flora of Patagonia tends to be diminutive: Most of the flowers pictured below were smaller than your thumbnail. But what they lack in size they more than make up for in color and complexity, from the yellow and white “tongues” of the Porcelain Orchid to the red and yellow fireworks explosion of the tiny Blanquita. Is it any wonder we spent half our hikes down on our knees getting these Macro shots?  –Bret Love; photos by Bret Love & Mary Gabbett

 

 

Porcelain Orchid in Torres del Paine National Park

Porcelain Orchid

 

 

Patagonian Edelweiss in Torres Del Paine National Park, Chile

Patagonian Edelweiss

 

 

Blanquita in Torres del Paine National Park, Chile

Blanquita

 

 

Flowering Mother-In-Law Bush in Torres Del Paine National Park

Flowering Mother-In-Law Bush

 

 

Lady Slippers in Torres Del Paine National PArk

Lady Slippers

 

 

Mata Negra Fueguina in Torres del Paine National Park

Mata Negra Fueguina

 

 

Siete Camisas in Torres Del Paine National Park

Siete Camisas (7 T-Shirts)

 

 

Amancay Del Campo in Torres del Paine National Park

Amancay Del Campo

 

 

Lupine in Torres del Paine National Park

Lupine, An Introduced Species

 

 

Dandelion Field in Torres del Paine National Park

Dandelion Field

 

 

Mata Negra (Black Bush) in Torres del Paine National Park

Mata Negra (Black Bush)

 

 

Dwarf Paramela in Torres Del Paine National Park

Dwarf Paramela

 

 

Campanilla (aka Streaked Maiden) in Torres Del Paine National Park

Campanilla (aka Streaked Maiden)

 

 

Sweet Pea in Torres Del Paine National Park

The Ubiquitous Sweet Pea

 

 

Don Diego de la Noche (aka Evening Primrose) in Torres Del PAine National Park

Don Diego de la Noche (aka Evening Primrose)

 

 

Firebush Near Grey Glacier, Torres Del Paine National Park

Firebush Near Grey Glacier

 

Our trip to Patagonia was sponsored by Adventure Life,  a company of travelers with a passion for sharing the world with others. Visit their website to learn more about their Patagonia Tours.

If you enjoyed out Patagonia Flora Photo Gallery, you might also like: 

CHILE- The Road To Torres Del Paine

CHILE- Torres del Paine’s Grey Glacier

CHILE- Torres del Paine’s Milodon Cave

CHILE- Torres del Paine’s Fauna Trail

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