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Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

I returned in late March, 2011 from a March 'Photo Safari' to the Atacama Desert of Chile and the Bolivian Altiplano, led by Joe van Os. We spent three days photographing the Salar de Uyuni, the highlight of our trip. The Salar is the largest salt flat in the world, encompassing some 40,000 square miles: rather similar to Badwater Basin of Death Valley, but following a large dose of steroids and elevation to an altitude higher than the summit of Telescope Peak. Our visit was timed to coincide with the end of the rainy season, when the Salar is flooded to a depth of a few inches, creating a huge 'mirror of the sky'. We stayed for three days, based at a remarkably luxurious hotel built of salt, and venturing onto the Salar each day for sunrise and sunset shots. The images below are organized by time of day. Pre-dawn brought soft, pastel light, when the Earch and sky appeared to blend into one, mid-day was a surrreal blue experience, sunset brought a more intense color palette and, on our first evening, spectacular cloud reflections from thunderstorms over the mountains to the East.















   



last updated 04/29/2011

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