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Capturing the Milky Way Above the World’s Largest Salt Flat

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Russian photographer Daniel Kordan has a gift for capturing broad terrestrial landscapes, dotted with wildlife and other tiny points of reference, so that the naked eye can enjoy just how vast they really are.

One of his most incredible series of late was taken on the Altiplano (“high plain”), an area that straddles the South American countries of Bolivia, Peru, Chile, and Argentina. It’s where the largest salt flat in the world lies, Bolivia’s Salar de Uyuni. Over a month-long road trip, he tells RealClearLife, Kordan hit a variety of spots, including the ginormous salt flat, capturing the milky way high above it in brilliant clarity. “It was an incredible experience to drive in the night on the flooded Uyuni salt flats,” Kordan remembers. “Literally, you can’t see a thing, just [a] black tunnel in front of your car.” He calls the Altiplano at night “space on Earth.” We can’t disagree.

Take a look at his breathtaking astrophotography below. For more of his work, click here.

Salt Flat Photography
(Daniel Kordan)
Salt Flat Photography
(Daniel Kordan)
Salt Flat Photography
(Daniel Kordan)
Salt Flat Photography
(Daniel Kordan)
Salt Flat Photography
(Daniel Kordan)
Salt Flat Photography
(Daniel Kordan)
Salt Flat Photography
(Daniel Kordan)
Salt Flat Photography
(Daniel Kordan)
Salt Flat Photography
(Daniel Kordan)
Salt Flat Photography
(Daniel Kordan)