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Sunset too cold to swim, Bariloche, Argentina

Quarteryear

The water is so clear. When I look out at the blue part of the lake it looks blue in a way that isn´t on the color spectrum but has got to be described as a depth, like 100 feet blue or something. I remember seeing this effect on a ferry in the Mediterranean, looking down and not being able to comprehend it as color, only as depth.

 

Last night we went down to the shore and stood at a parking lot where a bunch of RVs were parked - a bunch of brilliant people who woke up this morning and saw 360 degrees of mountains, 180 of which had that blue water when they first opened their eyes. We stood there - last night - with the wind tearing across the lake and throwing ice water into the air. It was 10:30 but still light because we´re south and west in the timezone and it's summer. It was so clear last night, the air is so clean.

 

We want to go swimming, but our feet ache from cold when we stand in the water for more than 10 seconds. We´re trying to take pictures of the mountains, but of course we can´t do them justice. Every corner we turn we´re reminded of the best places we´ve been - Seattle, Tahoe, Northern Italy, etc. We´re freshwater fish, I guess.

 

Bariloche, Argentina

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Taken on January 21, 2008