Ushuaia, Argentina

August 05, 2010

Ushuaia Rainbow short
: Jon E. Bouwhuis
Summary Author: Jon E. Bouwhuis

The photo above showing a midsummer rainbow over Ushuaia, Argentina was taken on January 25, 2010. Billed as the southern-most city in the world, Ushuaia is located on an archipelago of several islands off the southern tip of South America. While there are smaller settlements further south, none meet the qualification of a functioning municipality having more than 2,000 people. Ushuaia's population is approximately 64,000. Ushuaia is the gateway to the stunning Tierra del Fuego (Land of Fire) National Park. This park's dramatic scenery includes waterfalls, forests, mountains, lakes, and glaciers. The park also marks the southern end of the Pan American Highway, which stretches north 11,090 miles (17,848 km) to Alaska.  Originally settled as a prison for Argentina's most hardened prisoners, Ushuaia is now a tourist attraction where visitors can ski nearly year round, visit the park and other scenic attractions.  It also serves as an important base supporting Antarctic research stations.

Photo Details: Camera Maker: PENTAX Corporation; Camera Model: PENTAX K10D; Focal Length: 65mm (35mm equivalent: 97mm); Aperture: f/9.5; Exposure Time: 0.0013 s (1/750); ISO equiv: 400.