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Andean Plateau, Bolivia.

 

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The bus ride from Copacabana in Lake Titicaca to La Paz is several hours. Not too bad because the scenery is beautiful. Nicer large.

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ISO 400, 135mm, f5.6, 1/1000, shot from a relatively fast moving bus. Processed in Photomatix first, which gave it the strong yellow tones. Used Nik Tonal Contrast and Pro Contrast and dodge, burn and desaturation in PS. The geo-tag is approximate.

 

I haven't been active on flickr for the last few days because I've been updating my machine to run Windows 7. I was using XP, and everything had slowed down to a crawl, so I needed to wipe the disk clean and start over. So, Windows 7 it is. I had to re-install everything from scratch: Photoshop, LIghtroom, Photomatix, Nik, Noiseware, Xrite I1, the Lightroom catalog, get al lthe updates, etc. Quite a job, but I am ahppy to say that so far everything works and faster. In fact, I use CS3, and so far so good.

Re-processing of my previous flamingo photo to show all different view. Shot in the Bolivian altiplano. James's Flamingo

Salar de Uyuni

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Just one of the alien like landscapes we saw on the Salar dau Uyuni tour. It smelled of rotten eggs, the temperature of the water was around 90 degrees, the wind made it hard for us to stand there and the altitude of nearly 5500 meters made it tough for everyone to breathe!

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Huge rocks and howling winds went together on day 3 of our Salar de Uyuni tour. This combination has led to some interesting and sometimes strange shape of the rocks.

El mercado de Tarabuco

Las familias Yampara llegan cada domingo desde sus comunidades rurales a la plaza de Tarabuco para llevar sus productos al mercado. Los domingos se realizan intercambio de alimentos, productos agrícolas, vestimenta, animales, etc. Muchos llegan en bus, en camión y hasta caminando. El comienzo del mercado es bien temprano por la mañana, después del mediodía comienza a bajar la intensidad y a las tres de la tarde muchas personas comienzan a volver a sus comunidades.

En el mercado indígena de Tarabuco se destaca el colorido de las vestimentas de los pobladores Yampara. Ponchos, gorros, sandalias, mantas de diversos colores hacen parte del vestuario de los campesinos indígenas. Muchas veces los colores representan a cada una de sus comunidades. En la actualidad el mercado de Tarabuco es uno de los más auténticos de Bolivia.

 

Salar di Uyuni - Bolivia

 

L'inredibile effetto a specchio del velo d'acqua che ricopre il salar durante la stagione delle pioggie e il bianco abbacinante del sale mi trasportano in un'altra dimensione dove le cose non hanno più una concretezza materiale ma diventano impalpabili come l'aria, come il soffice biancore delle nubi.

The Arbol de Piedra (Stone Tree) is a volcanic rock formation in the Desierto Siloli in Bolivia. The rock is unique because it resembles a tree.

 

The Desierto Siloli is considered to be part of the Atacama Desert in neighboring Chile.

Salar de Uyuni (or Salar de Tunupa) is the world's largest salt flat at 10,582 km² (4,085 square miles). It is located in the Potosí and Oruro departments in southwest Bolivia, near the crest of the Andes, 3,650 meters high. The major minerals found in the salar are halite and gypsum.

 

Some 40,000 years ago, the area was part of Lake Minchin, a giant prehistoric lake. When the lake dried, it left behind two modern lakes, Poopó Lake and Uru Uru Lake, and two major salt deserts, Salar de Coipasa and the larger Uyuni. Uyuni is roughly 25 times the size of the Bonneville Salt Flats in the United States.

 

Salar de Uyuni is estimated to contain 10 billion tons of salt, of which less than 25,000 tons is extracted annually. All miners working in the Salar belong to Colchani's cooperative. Every November, Salar de Uyuni is also the breeding grounds for three species of South American flamingos: the Chilean, James's and Andean flamingos. It is also a significant tourist destination; highlights include a salt hotel and several so-called islands. -- Wikipedia

Nel sud della Bolivia, oltre i Salares, dove non esistono piu' strade ma solo piste.. A circa 4300 m di quota, uno spettacolo indimenticabile, nonostante il tempo non ottimale.

Oltre non siamo riusciti ad proseguire, perchè avremmo dovuto superare un passo a 4500 m, con il meteo in netto peggioramento e rischio di rimanere bloccati dalla neve.

Siamo riusciti a vedere, in mezzo alla foschia, la laguna Colorada, mentre abbiamo perso la laguna Verde..

Un buon motivo per ritornarci ??... :-))

 

Auguro un buon w.e. "rosa" a tutti !!!

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From my trip to the Bolivian altiplano in 2007

Calm waters and the reflection of mountain in the Bolivian Andes

Bolivia > Cordillera Apolobamba > Curva > Highlands towards mountains

Taken in Bolivia in the largest salt desert of our planet: El Salar de Uyuni. Details here: iso.500px.com/photographing-the-largest-salt-desert-on-th...

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The second day of our tour was dominated by lagoons of colours as varied as white, blue and red. Our day ended with a visit to the

Laguna Colorodes, the red lagoon. The algae in the water here gave the lagoon its red colour - which the Andean and the Chilean flamingoes we saw preferred.

Rail tracks in the middle of the desert of the Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia.

 

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Bolivia's capital city was so charming!

Water tower and pole made from a single tree trunk.

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Towards the end of day 1 of our Salar de Uyuni tour, we reached this lake. At nearly 4875 meters, we had gained an elevation of almost 1 km in a day!

Reticent, but smiling never the less. Had a Coca Cola with the young fellow; the ladies? Well they did take a bottle home. some place on the hills.

Bolivia, October 2011.

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