Photo of the Week: Sunrise Over Salt

Catch the morning rays of sun over the world's largest plain of salt in Bolivia.
Silhouettes of a car and five travelers on the Uyuni salt flats at sunset.
Another day begins in  Bolivia's barren land of salt. Photo by Oscar Ramos/Flickr

The honeycomb pattern of crystalline salt in this week’s photo shines purple during a beautiful sunrise over the Bolivian salt flats of Uyuni. Otherwise known as Salar de Uyuni, this plain of salt covers 4,086 square miles (10,582 square kilometers), earning it the title of being the largest slat flats in the world.

A typical 4 day/3 night driving tour of the country’s southwest region explores beautiful lagoons, unique rock formations, and concludes with a visit to the famous salt flats. Travelers wake up early on the last day to catch the morning rays of sun transform the surrounding landscape. Daylight hours in Uyuni for a budding photographer are particularly interesting because the incredible flatness of the terrain allows for fantastic optical effects with a camera

Observe some optical illusions…

Uyuni Salt Flats photographyPhoto by G.S. Matthews/Flickr

playing with perspective in the Salt FlatsPhoto by Rita & Tomek/Flickr

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