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a photo from Uros islands, the famous group of 42 or so artificial islands made of floating totora reeds. the islanders use the dense roots of the plants as a foundation for a new island - they pull out and tie together blocks (about half-meter on each side) roots that are still growing, so in a couple of months these blocks literally grow into a single piece, and then cover this foundation with cris-crosing layers of reeds. then they anchor this foundation with ropes attached to sticks driven into the bottom of the lake. the reeds at the bottoms of the islands rot away fairly quickly, so new reeds are added to the top constantly, about every three months; the islands last about thirty years. when you walk on such an island, each step sinks about 5-10cm depending on the density of the "ground" (reed) below you.

the lady in the photo was calmly drinking tea next to the traditional Uros kitchen. I liked the contrast between the bright colours of her clothes and black pots, but I felt uncomfortable taking a photo of her literally behind her back. I called out to her asking for permission, and in response she just turned her head half-way and nodded.

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RAW, ISO 100, spot metering.

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