Thanks everyone for the comments.Laguna Colorada was the most unusual lake amongst the 4-5 other lakes that I came across during my tour to Eduardo Avaroa Andean Fauna National Reserve. Colorada gets it's color from red sediments and pigmentation of some algae, the algae is also the source of support for animals that live in and around the lake.
If you ever want some exposure to amazing traits of mother nature I suggest a visit to Uyuni in Bolivia. The red, green, white, blue saline lakes are surrounded by 5000+ meter high volcanoes and mountains. On and about the lakes you will find plenty of Flamingos including the Andean Flamingos and if you are lucky the illusive Vicuña - a camelid cousin of the Llama. Then there are the hot springs and geysers as side sights. The Uyuni salt flats (Salar de Uyuni) - a dried up salt lake which sits on top of probably the largest lithium reserve in the world, is the main attraction of tours around Uyuni, due to the beautiful reflective surface exposed during a small time window in the rainy season.
Laguna Colorada #Bolivia
#Photograph by Dharshana Jagoda #NatGeo #Flamingos
Beautiful. The contrasts of colors is striking. However I would have never have known that those were flamingos until I really studied the picture. The flamingos draw you into that one area of the photo. Really nice.
Gorgeous and amazing photo! It appears to me to be "layers of perfection". The flamingos are just an interesting addition to the whole.
@Monika LawniczakHey Monika, I use a Canon 6D. The shot was taken using a Canon EF 24-70mm F2.8L lens.
@C. Leohr Thanks
@Bernd Renner Thank you :)
@Vinayak A Dhavale Thank you
@Barbara K. Thank you
@Shannon T Thanks Shannon, it wasn't easy getting the exposure right due to strong side light that was present during that time of the day.
@Manu Soman Thanks very much :)
@robert grove Without the birds it would be a little too bland I think.
@Cecilia Crespo Gracias Cecilia.
@Rita Nunes Thanks
@Abdul Quayum Thanks
@Galina Videnova It was a great sight. Always loved to be awed by nature.
@Vilma Zurc Thank you
@Diogo Morais :):)
@Kathleen Durr Thanks Kathleen, The lake has many things going for it not very visible on the photo, like the salt storms, flying birds and the patterns of crystallized salts and sometimes the Vicunas. I wanted to get a birds eye view of the flamingos and it came off well but I think a hundred different but equally interesting photos can be framed out of that lake.
@Mihai Micoara Thank you :)
@Janice H. Thank you, I only focused on a couple of things, to frame the photo with the elements I wanted and to take a meter reading off the sky. But this place just speaks for itself without having to do much.
@Nina Biggins Thank you. Its the scene :)
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