Center piece of my Bolivian altiplano dream was the famous Salar de Uyuni. Not that I have never seen a salt flat. There are plenty of wonderful samples scattered around the American Southwest, but Salar de Uyuni is the mother of all salt flats. Besides, I wanted to see reflections going all the way to the horizon, hence the decision to do this trip during the rainy season.
Once we finally made it to the Salar de Uyuni and we were able to have a first glimpse of it from the top of a slope I was shocked. It is HUGE and it was ALL under water. My desire to drive to Isla del Pescado or Isla Incahuasi was under serious threat. The initial plan was to spend a night at one of these two islands. The drive is about 20 miles.
After some exploration along the shore, seeing the depth of the water and some serious deliberations about the risks of having the salt water corroding through the electrical parts of the car and/or bogging in the middle of the salt flat, my wife and I decided to take the risk. Off we went to Isla del Pescado.
Did we make it to the Isla del Pescado? Did we make it back to main land? Answers to come with next images ...
As an out of the box thinking I added up this image to the ToM. I am curious if this will go through ... you decide! :-)
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Nice twisted tom. Great for me and in addition a stunning landscape with the car perfectly placed. A sky with great cloud formations.
Love also the trail of the car in the water. Funny to see that the trail stops quit close in the distance, as if you did a long stop before going ahead again :).
An other fave for me.
PB-Photography (2018/04/09 23:01:46): Falling off at the end of the world would probably have been more realistic!guillaumejm (2018/04/09 20:35:38): Hopefully, you didn't fall at the end of the world or more simply into a hole while walking backward LoLPB-Photography (2018/04/09 19:46:59): The trail stops as I had to get out of the car, walk ahead and only than allow my wife to drive forward. One of the many things we had prepared was big rubber boots to walk in the wet salt flat as well as when we got stuck in deep mud ;-)
i was just going to say, you could almost enter this for the ToM but i see that you have. It goes into my choices very creative thinking.
Stunning landscape as we could expect in Bolivia and what a wonderful experience for you. I love the soft colours here and the reflections.
Very nice photo, but you are of course joking by calling it a boat. A boat is a boat whether in water or on land, The same thing applies to vehicles. This is a photo of a vehicle driving through a large flooded salt flat. I don't think it qualifies for the theme of the month. However, the photo is very interesting showing a diagonal wake that draws the eye to the mountains in the background. The water is so clear, you can see the bottom showing what appears to be sun baked mud with cracks. This is very similar to the Badwater Basin in Death Valley that floods during the rainy season. Instead of driving vehicles through the basin, people go kayaking, a much more eco-friendly way of visiting the location. I bet kayaking on the Salar de Uyuni would be a marvelous adventure.
An extraordinary picture, rather unique in tis genre. A borderline addition to the ToM, but I voted you in. There are amphibian vehicles all over the place. There is a company in Dublin offering amphibian tours if I am not mistaking.
SO, yes, and a fav. Looking forward to the next.
Ha ha! The proof will be in the votes!
This is a stunning image. I love the pristine reflections and having a car in the water instead of a boat adds that tension and impact all successful image have. Gorgeous!
Oh yes, I can see you guys floating - this must be a boat :-) Fantastic place, I can see the urge to go there. The Bonneville Salt Flats are great too by the way but yes this must be the mother of them all, the altitude alone is impressive. Again I find the car really very cool to be in the image. I am not sure but the car looks pretty salty, it has something white on it. Lucky it was not your car. Fantastic image.
Maybe you know Eric Paré & Kim Henry (photographer/dancer) but if not, here's the link to their Bolivian photo shooting/light painting https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5BKBvlrVEo4
A beautiful image and a great story accompanying it. Were you absolutely sure that the bottom was flat with no groups, which would have sank the car more or damaged it? This sure is a creative contribution to the theme. The landscape is stunning.