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Salvador Dali Desert, Bolivia

Discussion in 'Scenic, Architecture, and Travel' started by Luckypenguin, Oct 14, 2013.

  1. Luckypenguin

    Luckypenguin SC Hall of Famer

    Dec 24, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
    Nic
    High up in the Altiplano (High Plain) of Bolivia, the Salvador Dali Desert lies over 4500m above sea level. This desert is named after the painter whose works featured background landscape elements that are similar to the moonscapes found here. Despite the bright conditions, at this time in the early morning the temperature is below zero degrees celsius.

    All images below taken with a Canon G1X

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  2. bartjeej

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    Nov 12, 2010
    bart
    Wow, that's a stunning landscape! Nice shots, including the Dragonball Z one! :laugh1:
    By the way, is that ducktape on your shoe? :tongue:
     
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  3. Luckypenguin

    Luckypenguin SC Hall of Famer

    Dec 24, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
    Nic
    Gaffer tape, actually :smile: It stayed on for about two months that included walking the Inca Trail.
     
  4. wt21

    wt21 SC Hall of Famer

    Aug 15, 2010
    Am I the only one expecting to see melting rocks, or sideways mountains?

    Nice shots still!
     
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  5. Armanius

    Armanius Bring Jack back!

    Jan 11, 2011
    Houston, Texas
    Jack
    Stunning for sure!
     
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  6. phrenic

    phrenic SC Regular

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    Nov 14, 2012
    That is such a cool landscape. Just surreal. Thanks for sharing.
     
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  7. entropic remnants

    entropic remnants SC All-Pro

    Mar 3, 2013
    John Griggs
    EXCELLENT series! On my bucket list now, lol.
     
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  8. Nuskyn

    Nuskyn SC Veteran

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    Jul 8, 2011
    @Gelderland - the Netherlands
    Jeroen
    I'm not much of a traveller, but when i see this set i want to go there...
    I like the composition @ #7

    Thanks for this stunning set !!
     
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  9. Lawrence A.

    Lawrence A. SC All-Pro

    Nov 8, 2012
    New Mexico
    Larry
    Lovely stuff. An amazingly weird and wonderful landscape.
     
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  10. rbelyell

    rbelyell SC Top Veteran

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    May 14, 2013
    NY Mtns
    i wnjoyed these very much. very nice use of flare in a couple of them.
     
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  11. MiguelATF

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    Aug 27, 2013
    Talent, Oregon (far from the madding crowd)
    Miguel Tejada-Flores
    A superb series. Beautiful images - framing - mountain light - and most of all, a sense of place. Thanks for sharing them, Nic!
     
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  12. CM_SK

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    Apr 23, 2013
    Saskatoon, SK, Canada
    Very nice series - I spent some years working (geology) in Bolivia so this brings back memories. Hope you can get up a bit farther north from there to Uyuni and the salars, they are worth seeing. And if you're tired of the 4000m and cold, a side trip to Cochabamba gets you to some lovely low elevations (2500m in Bolivia is low...) and warmth in a charming small city. Buena suerte!
     
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  13. Luckypenguin

    Luckypenguin SC Hall of Famer

    Dec 24, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
    Nic
    Thanks everyone. It really is a very surreal place to visit.

    Thanks, Colin. We did this trip back in August which left from Uyuni and included the salt flats. We never made it to Cochabamba, however. Our other stops in Bolivia were Copacabana, La Paz, Sucre, and Potosi (including that cursed silver mine!)

    Muchas Gracias!
     
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  14. BBW

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    Jul 7, 2010
    betwixt and between
    BB
    A great set, Nic. I'm rather jealous about all your travels, however quite thankful that you share your work with us here and on Flickr. Lovely, cold colors... Your wife looks cold out there, yet beautiful.

    The portrait of, possibly, your guide is excellent. I hope you can get a print to him!:bravo-009:
     
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  15. Luckypenguin

    Luckypenguin SC Hall of Famer

    Dec 24, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
    Nic
    Thanks, BB. It was certainly very cold when you get up into these altitudes, and especially once the Sun goes down.

    I have sent a copy of the picture of our guide (good guess!). He was looking very gangsta* on this occasion with his choice of track suit and sunglasses so it was quite funny to see him dressed like that in these surrounds.

    *In reality, Alejandro was anything but gangsta!
     
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  16. What a stark landsape
     
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  17. KillRamsey

    KillRamsey SC Hall of Famer

    Jun 20, 2012
    Cambridge, MA
    Kyle
    Beautiful stuff. Did I miss your Inca Trail shots? (we did the Salkantay Trail last year with our daughter)
     
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  18. Jock Elliott

    Jock Elliott SC All-Pro

    Jan 3, 2012
    Troy, NY
    Wow, neat series!

    That looks like a serious place to be . . . as in, don't make any mistakes.

    I take it you had not just pulled out of the drive-through at McDonalds . . .

    Cheers, Jock
     
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  19. Luckypenguin

    Luckypenguin SC Hall of Famer

    Dec 24, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
    Nic
    Thanks, and no I hadn't posted anything from the Inca Trail yet (and I remember seeing some of your shots from Peru last year whilst we were in the planning stages of our trip). I have five and a half months worth of photos to sort through so these that I have posted here are just the tip of the sorting and processing iceberg for me.
     
  20. donlaw

    donlaw SC All-Pro

    Sep 14, 2012
    Texas
    Don
    Very cool images. Your photos really show the stark beauty. Almost like a scene on another planet!
    Appropriately named it seems.
     
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