Clouds on a Canvas

I captured this beautiful image early morning, standing behind the glass window of my hotel room at the Eolo (a Relais & Chateaux hotel) in Patagonia, Argentina. The poem I wrote below is inspired by the marvelous clouds I witnessed in Patagonia and by an Artist friend.

I love clouds.

I like their whiteness
Their vastness
Their freedom in the sky.

I like how they appear
and disappear
How fragile they seem
How big they dream.

I like how they can hide the sun
How they are above everyone
I like how they dance to nature’s song
How they sway all night long.

I like how they transform themselves
into a labyrinth of shapes and forms
into a myriad of shades and hues
How they are the sky’s white canvas
and the earth’s eternal muse.

I like how they float through the air
I like how they swim everywhere
I like how freely they roam the sky
and how very high they fly.

I love clouds.

I like their bubbliness and puffiness
Their unthreatening candidness
Their charming abstractedness.

I like how they remind me
Of purity
Of white cotton candy
Of a baby’s chubby cheeks
Of snowy mountain peaks
Of children running free
Of my artist friend Nelle
She paints clouds you see
As brilliantly as can be.

They make me happy.

Guanacos of Patagonia

‘He who does not know the Chilean forests, does not know the planet.’ – Pablo Neruda. 

Guanacos freely roaming the land of Patagonia.

I captured the above poetic image while exploring the wilderness of Torres Del Paine – Chilean Patagonia. These beautiful animals are Guanacos. A Guanaco is a camelid native to South America. It roams its land freely. Guanacos are related to Ilamas but are considered wild species whereas Ilamas can be domesticated. It is very common to see Guanacos in scores and in togetherness.

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Guanacos grazing and resting.

These images are a few among many. The surreality of this memory makes me look forward to my next South American adventure!

The Drink of Gods

Me drinking Mate, Patagonia (Torres del Paine), Chile, 2014

See that cup I’m holding? 

Inside is what indigenous South Americans call the drink of gods! 
A few sips and you will experience the stimulus of coffee and the euphoria of chocolate (with tea health benefits!). I remember it had a strange bitter taste but for some reason I kept wanting more. Maybe it was the sacred tradition behind it. Maybe it was the way it was served, and the way it was shared between friends. I remember humility surrounding us. Or maybe it was that particular day in that particular photo when Patagonia’s trademark wind (the strongest you’ll every experience) was dancing around us, romanticising my very first tasting experience. 
AAnyway, I fell in love.

It’s a traditional drink in Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay, and Brazil and it is quite common in parts of Chile and Bolivia. What I didn’t know but do now is that it can also be found in this part of the world – Lebanon and Syria! In abundance too! MATE.

Contents:Mateine (an analog of caffeine), made by an infusion of dried leaves of yerba mate.

Patagonia’s very common, moody and crazy wind. Adds to its charm and beauty. See that photo? A windy moment while we were all trying to find our balance for that photo! Torres del Paine, Patagonia, Chile, 2014