Desierto de Atacama: Day 3

Our third day in San Pedro, Saturday, we pretty much did everything.  Basically the book of all things tourist got thrown at us (in a good way) - starting with a 5:30am wakeup call.  There were many power-naps to be had on the bus.  

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 Clara at the Tatio Geysers around 7:30am.  It was really cold. Photographer, traveller, artist, general badass human.  Good egg.  // 18 april 2015

Clara at the Tatio Geysers around 7:30am.  It was really cold. Photographer, traveller, artist, general badass human.  Good egg.  // 18 april 2015

 Cassandra in the Valle de la Luna (Moon Valley).  Note the moon ring on her finger...hehe. World traveller, hiking machine, lover of horror movies, overall A+ human. // 18 april 2015

Cassandra in the Valle de la Luna (Moon Valley).  Note the moon ring on her finger...hehe. World traveller, hiking machine, lover of horror movies, overall A+ human. // 18 april 2015

I found out just how rusty I am at portraits.  It has been a good 3 months since my last 'real' shoot, so it makes sense.  Here's to dusting out the cobwebs!   Good thing these nice humans were willing to be in front of the camera.

 Mr. Rock.  The forces that must have been to shape this are incredible // 18 april 2015

Mr. Rock.  The forces that must have been to shape this are incredible // 18 april 2015

 Crystals solidified at the opening of former geysers // 18 april 2015

Crystals solidified at the opening of former geysers // 18 april 2015

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 18 april 2015

18 april 2015

 When the sun peeked over the mountain range it made for some beautiful back-lit steam // 18 april 2015

When the sun peeked over the mountain range it made for some beautiful back-lit steam // 18 april 2015

 Tatio Geysers // 18 april 2015

Tatio Geysers // 18 april 2015

 Valle de la Luna (Moon Valley) // 18 april 2015

Valle de la Luna (Moon Valley) // 18 april 2015

 Can you spot the vicuña in the scraggly brush? // 18 april 2015

Can you spot the vicuña in the scraggly brush? // 18 april 2015

 Valle de la Luna // 18 april 2015

Valle de la Luna // 18 april 2015

Who am I to tell you this is what Chile is?  I take frames, guided by my upbringing as a middle-class, college-educated United States citizen.   Even my photos aren't neutral.  They can't be.  I've been doing some reading on the ethics of travel, and have just started to digest it.  Confronting the fact that it may not be your natural-born right to travel across the world isn't an easy task.  

 Road back to San Pedro de Atacama from the geysers // 18 april 2015

Road back to San Pedro de Atacama from the geysers // 18 april 2015

 Friends // 18 april 2015

Friends // 18 april 2015

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    Sunset at Valle de la Luna // 18 april 2015

 

Sunset at Valle de la Luna // 18 april 2015