This Month in Photos – The Dandy Dozen for March 2013

Staring at the Valley of Death, Atacama desert, Chile.
Staring at the Valley of Death, Atacama desert, Chile.

Sucre, Bolivia – Back in the early days of Piran Café, some five-plus years ago, I published a monthly review of what I considered to be the best photos I shot during the previous month. (As an example here’s a summary for 2008.) I’m going to give that project a restart today, but with a twist, pushing my personal preferences aside and compiling instead the top dozen most talked about, faved, viewed, and shared photos via this site, and my Facebook, Google+ and Twitter accounts.

OK. I have Spanish homework to do so onwards, in no particular order:

The shot at top is at the edge of the Valle de la Muerte (Valley of Death) in the Atacama desert near San Pedro de Atacama, Chile. I felt very much alive staring over that stunning landscape. The shot below was taken at the Valle de la Luna (Valley of the Moon), also near San Pedro, a valley that admirably lives up to its name.

Chile's Valley of the Moon
Chile’s Valley of the Moon

These are the Licancabur and Lascar volcanoes as seen from the eastern edge of San Pedro.

The Licancabur and Lascar volcanoes at sunset.
The Licancabur and Lascar volcanoes at sunset.

These next two were taken in Bariloche, Argentina, the first from a memorial to victim’s of Argentina’s Dirty War in the city’s Civic Center Square and the next from a mural created for a National Women’s Gathering which took place in the city in October 2011.

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Bariloche 005

Next, we return briefly to the Carretera Austral in Chilean Patagonia with this quartet: curbside firewood delivery in the village of Puyuhuapi; a house in Chaitén still buried in ash and mud five years after the massive Chaitén Volcano eruption; Chilean Holly, or taique, in the wild in Queulat National Park; and a llama eating with his mouth open, near Villa Cerro Castillo.

Puyuhuapi, Chile, 26-Feb-2013
Puyuhuapi, Chile, 26-Feb-2013
Chaiten Volcano aftermath. Chaiten, Chile, 03-Mar-2013
Chaiten Volcano aftermath. Chaiten, Chile, 03-Mar-2013
Desfontainia spinosa, aka Chilean holly or taique
Desfontainia spinosa, aka Chilean holly or taique
Lunching llama.
Lunching llama.

These next two are the most recent of this dandy dozen, both taken in Bolivia: the Good Friday procession in Potosi and a salt miner on the Salar de Uyuni. The conical hoods, called capirotes, are primarily used in Catholic ceremonies in Spain.

Good Friday Procession, Potosi, Bolivia, 29-Mar-2013
Good Friday Procession, Potosi, Bolivia, 29-Mar-2013
Salt Miner, Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia, 28-Mar-2013
Salt Miner, Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia, 28-Mar-2013

And finally, this tussle I was fortunate to capture between a Chimango Caracara (right) and a Cinereous Harrier (Circus Cinereus), taken at the Laguna Nimez Municipal Reserve in El Calafate, Argentina. You don’t want to get in the middle when this pair goes at it.

Mid-flight meeting between a caracara and a cinereous harrier
Mid-flight meeting between a caracara and a cinereous harrier

The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge theme for this week is colors. It’s interesting to see that most of the shades in these photos are very subtle, which technically I think can be much more difficult to pull off than stark vivid colors. Whether I succeeded at all is up to you. ☺

Note that these are photos published in March 2013, not necessarily taken in March. A few other previous summaries from my current Around the World jaunt, now in it’s 11th week, are here:
Top Posts for March 2013 | Top Posts for February 2013 | A Five-Week Trip Summary

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  1. Bams Triwoko says

    Stunning pics. Great gallery.. 🙂

  2. mrscarmichael says

    fantastic and I really love the volcanos.

  3. Hamburg und Mee(h)r says

    WoW ! Great photos ! 🙂

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  5. My Life Afterglow says

    Stunning. Love the volcanoes! 🙂

    1. BobR says

      Thanks! Much appreciated!

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  7. travelingaround50 says

    Great photos! My favourites are both fighter birds though 🙂

    1. BobR says

      Thanks! Yup, I’ll always have a soft spot in my heart for that one. 🙂

  8. restlessjo says

    I never saw a more spectacular landscape, Bob, and I think you’ve done it justice.

    1. BobR says

      Wow, thanks! It was an amazing spot, and we were there about two hours before sunset.

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  10. hayley says

    Great collection, really enjoyed those photos. In particular the landscapes, so dramatic, and the volcanic aftermath shot which really speaks to my interest in abandoned and decaying structures.

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