Salar de Atacama Monochromes

24th to 25th November 2015. Laguna de Aguas Calientes, Laguna Miscanti, Laguna Miñiques and Salar de Tara, Salar de Atacama, Atacama Desert, Northern Chile.

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Atacama Desert, Black and White, Chile, Flamingo, Laguna de Aguas Calientes, Laguna Miñiques, Laguna Miscanti, Los Monjes de la Pacana, Monochrome, Nature, Photography, Salar de Atacama, Salar de Tara, Toconao, Wilderness

On the way to Laguna de Aguas Calientes.

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Laguna de Aguas Calientes.

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Laguna Miscanti.

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Laguna Miñiques.

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Toconao.

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Los Monjes de la Pacana.

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Salar de Tara.

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This was the last post from the Atacama desert and also the last post from my 2015 trip to Mauritius, Réunion, Madagascar, Falkland Is, South Georgia and the Atacama Desert.  For links to all posts and maps, see the Trip Itinerary.

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Next will be a 2016 trip to Cuba and the Caribbean, preceded by a workshop in the Flinders Ranges, South Australia.

Laguna Tebenquiche Monochromes

23rd to 24th November 2015. Tatio, Laguna Tebenquiche and Laguna Chaxa, Atacama Desert, Northern Chile.

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El Tatio.

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Cacti Canyon.

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Cordillera de la Costa.

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Laguna Tebenquiche.

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Laguna Chaxa.

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There’s something very perverse about flamingos in monochrome.

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Salar de Tara

26th November 2015. Salar de Tara, Atacama Desert, Northern Chile.

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(This post is out of sequence.  It was supposed to be before the previous monochrome post).

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This is Licancabur and we are heading towards Salar de Tara.  Licancabur has been an active volcano for at least 56,000 years and maybe 220,000 years.  It’s last eruption in 1993 was a large eruption that saw ash fall as far away as Buenos Aires, nearly 3,000 kilometres away.

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We are now approaching Salar de Tara, or Tara Salt Flats, in the distance on the right.  In the middle left above the cliff and the truck is Los Monjes de la Pacana or the Pecan Monks.  These are eroded volcanic plugs and rock structures.

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Perhaps a monk, perhaps a giant moai.

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Here is a closer view of Salar de Tara, with some vicuñas grazing in the foreground.

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We are close to the border of both Bolivia and Argentina and this is a protected Ramsar wetland area.

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So, quickly, how many flamingos do you think are in this image (you may need to click on it for a larger view to see it better).

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There is an austere majesty to some of the views here.  And there is a stone pen on this spit of land, whether for llamas, goats pr sheep I do not know.

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Salar de Tara and foreground tussocks.

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Eroded volcanic cliffs.

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Andean geese.

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Chilean flamingo.

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Vicuñas (and flamingos in the distance).

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Black-hooded sierra-finch.

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Now again, you’ll probably need to click on it, how many flamingos are in this image?

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Three vicuñas  at the foot of a cliff.

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We are heading back to San Pedro de Atacama now.  I think I know where this is but there’s no name on the map.  There is a road in the distance and two empty trucks heading towards Argentina.

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Answers:  219 flamingos in the first image and 148 in the second.

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This was the last Atacama post (apart from a mono post or two coming up next).

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Valle de la Luna Monochromes

22nd to 23rd November 2015. Atacama Desert, Northern Chile.

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Aerial view, between Santiago and Calama.

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San Pedro de Atacama.

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Tulor.

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Pukará de Quitor.

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Valle de la Luna (Moon Valley) Tour.

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Coyote Leap.

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Views from on high.

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Valle de la Luna.

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Laguna de Aguas Calientes, Laguna Miscanti and Laguna Miñiques

25th November 2015. Salar de Atacama, Atacama Desert, Northern Chile.

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We set off to visit three salt lakes high in the Atacama Desert.

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This image was take from the moving bus.  I was struck by the lenticular cloud over the volcano.

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We had stopped and got out of the bus for this one.

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… and the reason was to photograph this vicuña, grazing by the side of the road.

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This image and the next one, we are en route.  I’m not sure whether they were taken from inside or outside the bus.

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And now we have arrived at Salar de Aguas Calientes.

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In other words, the Lake of Warm Waters, presumably due to the volcanoes towering above.

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There was also quite an array of lenticular clouds.

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The area was designated a wetland of International Importance by the Ramsar Convention in 1996.

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This is windswept foam gathering at the edge of the lake..

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We are at 4,850 metres, or 16,000 feet.

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We are on our way again now, still with lots of spectacular lenticular clouds around.

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I was clearly out of the bus for this one.

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And now we have arrived at Laguna Miscanti.

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We’re a little bit lower here, at 4,140 metres or 13,500 feet.

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The lake is up to ten metres deep.

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It has no surface outflow.

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Looking back at Lago Miscanti, as I walk to Lago Miñiques.

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I didn’t have any problem with the altitude, even with a photographic pack of about 16kg.  No prospect of running, though.  You have to take things a little bit easy.

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This is Laguna Miñiques, at 4,300 metres or 14,000 feet, with Miñiques volcano towering above it.

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On the way back, we stopped at the village of Toconao.  This is a tour bus from a different company, whose passengers were wandering around the town and had been for some years.

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And this is the door of the bell tower.

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Flamingos

25th November 2015. Laguna Chaxa, Salar de Atacama, Atacama Desert, Northern Chile.

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Chilean flamingo in front of Licancabur volcano.

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Chilean flamingo along with two kelp gulls, maybe.

Probably a young flamingo.  They get their colour from the algae they eat and are paler when young.

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Andean flamingo.

This and following flamingos are all Andean flamingos, one of the worlkd’s rarest flamingos.  The easiest way to tell them apart from the Chilean flamingos are that the Andean flamingos have yellow legs, whereas the Chilean flamingos have greyish legs with pink joints.

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We are at Laguna Chaxa in Salar de Atacama, which is the largest salt flat in Chile and third largest in the world.  All three are in South America.  Salar de Atacama is 3,000 km² in area and 100 km x 80 km (which doesn’t seem to add up but that’s what Wikipedia says).  It is 2,300 metres above sea level and 55 km south of San Pedro de Atacama.

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For those for whom this may be of interest, all images on this page were taken with a Nikon D800 and a 300mm f2.8 lens, mostly with a 1.4x teleconverter, and using a tripod.

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Laguna Cejar and Laguna Tebenquiche

24th November 2015. Atacama Desert, Northern Chile.

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Continuing on from the previous post, this is the group I am travelling with.  It is an ordinary tour, not a photographic tour, but there are plenty of opportunities for photography.

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We are now at Laguna Cejar.

I was setting up to photograph some flamingos when some people came running along the boardwalk towards me crying out “Flamingo!  Flamingo!”  Of course the flamingos flew off and I didn’t get the photograph. (Sigh).  These are much further away.  Not to worry, there are some better flamingo images coming up in  a later post.

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There are three lakes at Laguna Cejar and the main purpose of stopping was to offer the chance of a swim in a salt lake.  The concentration of salt is higher here than the Dead Sea so floating is not difficult.  I wasn’t interested in that though, I had come for the photography.  You may need to click on this image to see it at a better size (though still a bit small because it’s  very long).

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This image and the next one are also at Laguna Cejar.

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We are now at Laguna Tebenquiche but you can’t see it yet so we are looking at Cordillera de la Costa.

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The rest of the post shows images of the salt lakes and salt flats at Laguna Tebenquiche and the mountains behind, as sunset approaches and the sun recedes.

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There is a bird here amongst the salt – of what kind I have no idea.

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Clearly the sun is getting lower now.

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It seems to be after sunset now.

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We were eating dinner before heading back and there were birds flying round.  The light was very low so I experimented with slow shutter speeds at high ISO.

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