Patagonia in Black and Blue Chilean poet Pablo Neruda once describe his country as "a long petal of sea, wine, and snow." Author Isabel Allende, explaining Chile to her daughter in the book Paula, writes: "It may be difficult for you to understand the mentality of those of us from the south. In Chile we are influenced by the eternal presence of the mountains that separate us from the rest of the continent, and by a sense of precariousness inevitable in a region of geological and political catastrophes. Everything trembles beneath our feet..." Chile is over 2,600 miles (4,200km) long, but averages only 110 miles wide. Within this narrow ribbon of a country one encounters the extremes, geographically, geologically, culturally, and climatically. This is Chile. This collection of images (in process) is from the Southern region of Chile, near national parks Torres del Paine and Bernardo O'Higgins. The area is is defined by its massive glaciers which carved the mountains and continue to feed the glacial rivers; this series is a tribute to the blue-grey ice that permeates Patagonia.