Prior to my visit unseasonal rains had turned trees, shrubs and plants green and in bloom, but the water was long gone from this particular and iconic clay pan. I was told that all of this was under water for many days and looked otherworldly, as the otherwise dry ground had become a mirror of the sky. Similar things occur on the salt pan of Bolivia – Salar de Uyuni.

I don’t know the exact reason for the death of the trees in the center of this clay pan, but very close by there were healthy and lush trees, one with a crow’s nest with chicks in it.

Elevation: 549 meters

  • Aperture: ƒ/13
  • Camera: NIKON D5
  • Focal length: 45mm
  • ISO: 400
  • Shutter speed: 1/250 s

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