Platforms of Heaven
The Bolivian Plateau

At 4,500 meters (15,000 feet) above the sea, a daunting and alien universe skirts the Andean Mountain ranges of southern Bolivia.

After the Storm
Crossing the Salar de Uyuni

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Shimmering like a vast frozen lake at an altitude of 8,000 meters, the Salar de Uyuni is in fact 352 square kilometers of pure white salt packed 50 meters deep stretching east from the Andes across the Bolivian Plateau.  After substantial rain storms, when the area is covered with 10 to 20 centimeters of water and the mountains on the horizon are in the far distance, the impression is that heaven and earth have joined and everything has become an abstraction.


©Brian Damude / 2008