240 Seconds in the Valley of the Moon

The bright side of the moon

Your mental health break for the day comes in the form of this four minute collection of shots and panoramas from the Valle de la Luna, or Valley of the Moon, in the Atacama desert of northern Chile about 15 kilometers from San Pedro de Atacama. Its name comes from the variety of landscapes, colors and textures in the area, likening it to the surface of the moon. (The bright side.)

It’s an absolutely stunning area and one of the driest places on the planet. Some areas haven’t felt a raindrop in hundreds of years. I posted a few times briefly on the area, here and here.

The music in the video notebook is ‘Luz‘ by Universildo from the album, ‘Luces del Aire‘. Check it out.

Footage shot on 24-Mar-2013.
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  1. Ian Phillips Illustration says

    I noticed the moon in several shots, but this reminds me more of scenes depicted by various rovers from the planet Mars. Curious, is that frost covering the ground, or some other white substance? Very beautiful! Makes me wonder why I am just sitting here in my studio! Time to get outside!!!

    1. BobR says

      It’s a salty substance. Much of the area was covered by lakes many years ago.

      Did you get outside yet? 🙂

      1. Ian Phillips Illustration says

        I wondered if it was salt too!

  2. restlessjo says

    Fabulous, Bob. 🙂 Are you fit and well again now?

    1. BobR says

      Thanks! Yes, feeling better and finally settled into a new apartment in Ljubljana, albeit a much smaller one than I had before. I like cozy. 🙂 But I’m still trying to get used to being in the same place.

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