|The arrow indicates the approximate position of San Pedro de Atacama, |
at 2,400 metres above sea level on the Atacama Plateau.
|Sunrise through a haze of mist - it's hard to imagine there could be moisture in the air - from San Pedro.|
|Volcano Lascar from a different angle - with smoke wafting from the crater.|
|Tamarugo - old tree (above) and close-up (below).|
|Partially excavated Tamarugo root, Pampa de Tamarugo NR (further north in Chile).|
|Tamarugo woodland and chenopods, west of San Pedro.|
|Female Greenish Yellow-finch Sicalis olivascens, Socaire. |
Yellow-finches are now understood to be tanagers; this species occurs in flocks in the Andes.
|Great Thrush Turdus fuscater, another high country species, though this one is more often encountered |
in wetter habitats. It is well-adapted to urban living.
|Guanacos Lama guanicoe, above and below, west of San Pedro.|
They are far less common than in past times, and nowhere near as abundant in the
north as they are in the far south. More on them here.
|Close-up of the salt surface. It can be near-blinding in the full sun.|
|A typical scene from within the amphitheatre, looking out to the Andes beyond.|
|Salt-crusted rocks come in a variety of forms, from massive domes...|
|... to strange twisted remnants of outcrops. This one is known as Las Tres Marias.|
|A striking juxtaposition of red sand dune and salt field, which resonates with an Australian.|
|A panorama incorporating some of the above themes.|