Layered sunrise

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This is part of a sequence, taken as the sunlight, a few minutes after dawn, tracked down the mountain. At this point, the light has just reached the base of the glowing red line in the centre.

If anyone viewing this can tell me what these birds are, I'd appreciate it..... All I know is that they're not flamingoes, and that managing to photograph an altiplanic lake wihout flamingoes is quite an achievement! ;-)

This is the edge of the Salar de Atacama, near San Pedro de Atacama.

Blog posting on just how stunning the Atacama desert and Bolivian Altiplano are.


spooneb, Duncan George, d o l f i, and 29 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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  1. james_drury 49 months ago | reply

    Another really strong image from your travels, great title and lovely depth of tone in this one.

  2. Andrea Costa Creative 49 months ago | reply

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  3. peggyhr 49 months ago | reply


    Congratulations on your Creativity!
    It's a Spectacular Rainforest Ink Water Composition!
    I saw this image in
    Rainforest Ink

    It is a spectacular addition to the group pool.

  4. ©Helminadia Ranford 49 months ago | reply

    oooooooooo wow.....I wanna go there too.....
    what an amazing Place...
    Love the mountain colours!!!

  5. thejourney1972 (South America addicted) 48 months ago | reply

    Muchas gracias por agregar tu foto al grupo
    Many thanks for adding your photo to the group

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  6. acamendes 48 months ago | reply

    Lindas cores, um verdadeiro degradê.

    Tu foto dignifica la AMERICA DEL SUR !!
    (Your photo dignifies SOUTH AMERICA !!)
    Vista en (seen in)

    Sudamérica/América do Sul/South America .

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  7. foto.phrend 48 months ago | reply

    wow, pretty in pink, well worth getting up for.

  8. Guy@Fawkes 48 months ago | reply

    Impossible to pick a favourite out of such a diverse collection but if I had to it would be this.
    The whole series is magnificent, very well done Mike.

    Just Nature Comment

    your comments would be welcome !

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  9. Mike.D.Green 48 months ago | reply

    Thanks very much!

    Seen on my Flickr home page. (?)

  10. HoangHuyManh images 46 months ago | reply

    Beautiful light and colors, lovely photo.

  11. bag_lady 46 months ago | reply

    Absolute magic, just been looking through your images of this area, not sure how I missed them when you posted them, I must have been in India..... stunning light and love the tones it has produced.

  12. straightfinder 43 months ago | reply


    This is Gorgeous Please consider adding this image to:

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  13. angnarr 42 months ago | reply

    Those birds are called Caití (Recurvirostra andina), in case you still want to know. And I presume you shot it in winter, because those birds have the strangest habit of hibernating.

  14. Mike.D.Green 42 months ago | reply

    Yes, I did still want to know - thanks very much for the info. That was mid-March, so late autumn; they must have been thinking about hibernating at this point. I wasn't aware that ny birds hibernated! Interesting to know, and thanks again.

  15. angnarr 42 months ago | reply

    Actually, mid-March here is just the beginning of autumn, but they DO have weird habits. It's still a wonder you found such a large flock, since Caití normally stay in couples. But because of that, it's a great picture. And you're welcome.

  16. marcelo nacinovic 42 months ago | reply

    Impressive colors.

  17. kypt@nuy ~ very busy!!! 38 months ago | reply

    Wonderful picture!!! Excellent composition. Congrats!

  18. FrogRos 31 months ago | reply

    walking in your stream, i found this masterpiece.
    Nature is the answer. The only one.

  19. Mike.D.Green 31 months ago | reply

    Thanks - it's one I really like!

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