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Photographer Konsta Punkka captures the magic of Patagonia in a series of stunning images

From the elusive cougar to stunning peaks, photographer captures the magic of Patagonia in a series of stunning images (no wonder he has 1.3 million Instagram followers)

  • Finnish photographer Konsta Punkka flew 8000 miles to Chilean Patagonia to break the elusive cougar
  • While there, he also took magical images of the area’s epic mountains and the resident guanacos
  • Konsta told MailOnline Travel: “The landscape has it all. From glaciers to mountain ranges and green forests’

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Finnish photographer Konsta Punkka flew 8,000 miles from his native land to Patagonia to break the elusive cougar – and luckily the creature played a ball.

It appeared seven days after his 10-day expedition, and he took some magical pictures of it, as well as some stunning images of the area’s epic peaks and resident guanacos (a relative of the llama).

As you can see.

One of Konsta's photos of the elusive mountain lion in Patagonia.  It took him seven days to see one of the creatures

One of Konsta’s photos of the elusive mountain lion in Patagonia. It took him seven days to see one of the creatures

Konsta captured this close-up image after stationing himself near bushes that should be the cougar's afternoon rest.  He says this photo is one of the highlights of his career so far

Konsta captured this close-up image after stationing himself near bushes that should be the cougar's afternoon rest.  He says this photo is one of the highlights of his career so far

Konsta captured this close-up image after stationing himself near bushes that should be the cougar’s afternoon rest. He says this photo is one of the highlights of his career so far

Konsta 26, traveled to Torres del Paine National Park in Chilean Patagonia as part of a documentary-making team Exploring the Earth for the Finnish broadcaster YLE.

He told MailOnline Travel: “When we finally found the cougars, it was an incredible moment.

“We spent an afternoon and an evening at a safe distance.

“After so many hours of searching, they were finally there and I couldn’t believe it.

“We first photographed them on a hill and the plan was to try framing them with the Torres Paine peaks.

In addition to taking photos of the cougars, Konsta has taken beautiful photos of the epic peaks of Patagonia and guanacos of residents

In addition to taking photos of the cougars, Konsta has taken beautiful photos of the epic peaks of Patagonia and guanacos of residents

In addition to taking photos of the cougars, Konsta has taken beautiful photos of the epic peaks of Patagonia and guanacos of residents

Konsta said: 'It is absolutely different to photograph nature in Chile than the nature I am used to here in Finland.'

Konsta said: 'It is absolutely different to photograph nature in Chile than the nature I am used to here in Finland.'

Konsta said: ‘It is absolutely different to photograph nature in Chile than the nature I am used to here in Finland.’

A group of guanacos stands in the shadow of the Cordillera Paine mountain range.  The highest peak is 9,462 ft (2,884 m) high

A group of guanacos stands in the shadow of the Cordillera Paine mountain range.  The highest peak is 9,462 ft (2,884 m) high

A group of guanacos stands in the shadow of the Cordillera Paine mountain range. The highest peak is 9,462 ft (2,884 m) high

Konsta, 26, traveled to Torres del Paine National Park in Chilean Patagonia as part of a Finnish TV documentary team

Konsta, 26, traveled to Torres del Paine National Park in Chilean Patagonia as part of a Finnish TV documentary team

Konsta, 26, traveled to Torres del Paine National Park in Chilean Patagonia as part of a Finnish TV documentary team

“It worked pretty well, but after a while we decided to settle near some bushes that would be their resting place in the afternoon.

“With the help of the local rangers of Torres del Paine National Park, who took us to an area that regular park visitors cannot access, we were able to lie close to the bushes.

‘After a few hours of waiting, I was able to take a few close-ups of a young cougar who came to the entrance of the rest room. It is definitely one of the highlights of my career. ‘

The depicted Guanacos are a species native to South America and are closely related to the llama.  Konsta says you can see them all over Torres del Paine National Park and cougars hunt them

The depicted Guanacos are a species native to South America and are closely related to the llama.  Konsta says you can see them all over Torres del Paine National Park and cougars hunt them

The depicted Guanacos are a species native to South America and are closely related to the llama. Konsta says you can see them all over Torres del Paine National Park and cougars hunt them

Local rangers helped Konsta venture into areas of Torres del Paine National Park that are normally off-limits

Local rangers helped Konsta venture into areas of Torres del Paine National Park that are normally off-limits

Local rangers helped Konsta venture into areas of Torres del Paine National Park that are normally off-limits

Konsta said, “The landscape of Torres del Paine has it all. From glaciers to mountain ranges and green forests’

The professional photographer who has 1.3 million followers on Instagram, added: ‘It is absolutely different to photograph nature in Chile than the nature I am used to here in Finland.

“We managed to get a wonderful mix of images of the landscape and other wildlife there, such as the guanacos, which you can find all over the Torres del Paine National Park.

The landscape of Torres del Paine has it all. From glaciers to mountain ranges and green forests. ‘

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