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Laguna Chaxa - A peaceful Atacama scene

I’ve posted already a picture of the flamingos in the Laguna Chaxa in the Atacama desert and I’m afraid that this one is a little too much resembling my previous photo.

Actually I wanted to present you the picture in the workshop, altered image # 2, as my main picture but the more I looked at it, the worse the quality looked like. The sharpness is very bad because the picture is taken very early in the morning at the crack of dawn. We arrived in darkness and as soon as it was a little light we took the pictures of the flamingos. Some were still sleeping. We had to hurry taking pictures because more visitors came and many flamingos went farther into the lagoon.

Now looking at the photo that I’ve finally chosen as main picture, I also start doubting if the quality is good enough to upload here.
So I hope you will be satisfied with ‘learning about the world …’ with these images that are for most of us not an everyday sight.


Near San Pedro de Atacama the Laguna Chaxa is located at an altitude of 2.300 meters.
Early in the morning in a remarkable silence you find there a lot of flamingos.

Three different species live there:
- Andes flamingo (Phoenicoparrus andinus)
- James’ flamingo (Phoenicoparrus jamesi)
- Chilean flamingo (Phoenicopterus chilensis)

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Additional Photos by Paul VDV (PaulVDV) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6789 W: 24 N: 16039] (62846)
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