Valledeluna

arid : storms : dust : stunning

getting here was post-apocalyptical, burnt out car, bus and truck wrecks; abandoned mining infrastructure and the ubiquitous road side graves and headstones

Calama to San Pedro de Atacama  

Calama to San Pedro de Atacama  

so much diversity surrounding the arid high plateau: desert, blinding salt flats and blue skies, volcanoes, sand dunes, moonlike rocks, craters, canyons all at a lazy 2400m to 4500m

just waiting for aliens

watchmen over old salt mine

watchmen over old salt mine

dust swirls, electrical storms

quebrada de diablo - sans lightning

quebrada de diablo - sans lightning

valle de muerte

valle de muerte

salt flats & lagoons  

salt flats & lagoons  

not just flamingoes but foxes, vicuñas, llamas, donkeys - and for those who know my distaste for emus, alas the remarkably similar - puna rhea

 

feeding

feeding