Freshly posted is a new gallery dedicated to Bolivia, a place where I traveled to in February of this year. This was my second time to visit this country; the first was visiting the Amazon Basin to photograph wildlife way back in 1999. On this latest trip, instead of going to sea level, I decided to travel high up to the Altiplano; reaching 15500 feet in altitude at the highest point. I would first visit the agricultural heart of Bolivia, Cochabamba. It was there that I visited the city and nearby ancient townships. I also hiked to the foot of the largest statue of Christ in the world, Cristo de la Concordia.
The main destination on this adventure however, was to photograph the incredible Salar de Uyuni; the world's largest salt flat. The Flat is the legacy of a prehistoric lake that went dry, leaving behind an impossibly flat nearly 11,000-sq.-km. landscape of bright-white salt.
I went during the rainy season, hoping for a light pooling of water to collect on the surface, which would transform the landscape into a gigantic mirror. As is always the challenge in my line of work, Mother Nature had to cooperate to provide just enough rain to barely cover the surface as too much rain would easily be disturbed by air currents and erase the mirror reflection. She also needed to provide some drama in the sky so that the surface wasn't reflecting a big empty ball of blue sky. Good thing I alloted 5 days in the area to find those pools and wait for some skies; it proved very challenging!
Fortunately, if there were no clouds in the sky, at least night photography would be an option, and I took advantage of the incredibly dense canopy of stars visible in this remote area.
I invite you to explore my latest gallery - you can find it HERE