Exquisite Views of Patagonia’s Wetlands

Studying the little known wetlands of Patagonia, and especially the effects of desertification on the region, National Geographic Young Explorer Anand Varma takes a unique perspective. More precisely, he takes every perspective.

From close-up views of unusual flowers, to rodent’s-eye-views of the world where moss is grass and grass is forest, to epic landscapes seen only by a camera attached to a kite, Anand reveals his subject not as it would appear if you were there, but as it would appear if you were everywhere.

In the process, we not only gain an appreciation for the rich and diverse ecosystem of Patagonia, we are also reminded to see our own environments from multiple viewpoints: to step back and take it all in, and to stick our noses right in it; to see the mountains and the mole hills, and appreciate them all.

Explore the photo gallery above with Anand Varma’s original captions and learn more about the region. Then listen to Anand discuss his work and give photo tips on NGWeekend with Boyd Matson. You can also view many more of his photos on his personal website, VarmaPhoto.


Andrew Howley is a longtime contributor to the National Geographic blog, with a particular focus on archaeology and paleoanthropology generally, and ancient rock art in particular. In 2018 he became Communications Director at Adventure Scientists, founded by Nat Geo Explorer Gregg Treinish. Over 11 years at the National Geographic Society, Andrew worked in various ways to share the stories of NG explorers and grantees online. He also produced the Home Page of nationalgeographic.com for several years, and helped manage the Society's Facebook page during its breakout year of 2010. He studied Anthropology with a focus on Archaeology from the College of William & Mary in Virginia. He has covered expeditions with NG Explorers-in-Residence Mike Fay, Enric Sala, and Lee Berger. His personal interests include painting, running, and reading about history. You can follow him on Twitter @anderhowl and on Instagram @andrewjhowley.
  • Eva

    Amazing !!!!

  • Gustavo

    Great pictures! you’ll find beautiful things in Argentina, both this region as in other.
    Sorry for my english 🙂
    Gustavo, from CĂłrdoba, Argentina

  • Mario

    Excelentes vistas de la patagonia, y pensar que hay personas que quieren hacer represas e inundar esto con agua para generar electricidad para las grandes industrias del cobre en el norte de chile.

    Very beautiful vistas of the PATAGONIA, there’s people that’s thinking of making dams in this beatiful place and only for the mining industry in the north of chile

  • Anton Achmad

    Mantabs (cool in Indonesian)

  • arpita bhowmik

    marvellous click indeed….

  • Laurie Ann


    Your photos are so awesome – Makes me wish for “smell-o-vision. I’d like to take a deep breath and breath in the scent of that valley rain


  • cjazan safari

    Thumbs up, Kenya is waiting.

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