March 31, 2014

Laguna Colorada

Photograph by Dharshana Jagoda, National Geographic Your Shot

"I was traveling in South America last year, and one of the last places I visited was Uyuni in Bolivia, which is famous for its salt flats," says Your Shot member Dharshana Jagoda. "There was a stop at Laguna Colorada on our tour, which made up for the disappointment of being at the salt flats months ahead of the rainy season (too early to see the reflections produced by rain on the flats). I first saw the lake from quite a distance and didn't see the flamingos, only the contrast of the red water against the crystallized minerals. This photo was taken on my way back from the base of the lake."

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90 comments
Li Xu
Li Xu

very beautiful I Like 

Maria C.
Maria C.

Amazing...I like the colors...

yousef a.
yousef a.

Beautiful Image .....Sensitive Eyes..

Dharshana Jagoda
Dharshana Jagoda

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.

C. Leohr
C. Leohr

Fantastic landscape and photo!

Bernd Renner
Bernd Renner

wow, this is fantastic beautiful picture

Barbara K.
Barbara K.

Very cool picture........love it!

Shannon T
Shannon T

I love how this shot is broken up into four colors. Very interesting to look at.

Manu Soman
Manu Soman

One of the greatest I've seen...

robert grove
robert grove

I like the birds , they give a bit of contrast and more interest , great colors ...

Kathleen Durr
Kathleen Durr

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.

Mihai Micoara
Mihai Micoara

Great photo indeed but the comments are precious! Loved to go through them

Janice H.
Janice H.

Gorgeous and amazing photo!           It appears  to me to be "layers of perfection".           The flamingos are just an interesting addition to the whole.

Nina Biggins
Nina Biggins

The contrasting colors are exquisite. It's such a beautiful scene. Skillfully taken.

Dharshana Jagoda
Dharshana Jagoda

@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.

Dharshana Jagoda
Dharshana Jagoda

@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.

Dharshana Jagoda
Dharshana Jagoda

@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.

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