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Cordillera Real by sebastopolgoose Cordillera Real by sebastopolgoose
The Cordillera Real (Royal Range) is the dominating landscape feature of the northern Bolivian Andes. Due to a series of weather phenomena, they are heavily glaciated throughout the year (although the glaciers have been rapidly receding in recent years). The highest peak in the picture is Ancohuma (whose name means "White Water" in the Aymará language), and the peak to the left is Nevado Illampu. Ancohuma is 6,427 meters (21,086 feet) above sea level, whereas the slightly lower Illampu is "only" 6,368 meters (19,862 feet) high, and considered to be the most difficult summit of all mountains in Bolivia over six thousand meters.

I took this from the top of the Isla del Sol in Lake Titicaca, at around 5 AM in the morning. A truly unforgettable moment of my life...

El Cordillera Real es la característica sobresaliente del Altiplano del departamento de La Paz. Debido a su proximidad a la cuenca del Amazón, las montañas más altas quedan con glaciares todo el año (aunque han disminuido bastante con el cambio climático). El cumbre más alto en la foto se llama Ancohuma (que significa "agua blanca" en el Aymará), y el a la izquierda se llama Nevado Illampu. Ancohuma tiene una altura de 6.427 metros, mientras que el Illampu mide "solo" 6.368 metros, y los montañistas la la consideran la montaña más difícil de escalar de todas las de más de 6.000 metros de Bolivia.

Yo saqué esta foto desde el cumbre de la Isla del Sol, en el Lago Titicaca, a las 5 de la mañana. Un momento de mi vida realmente inolvidable...
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Mountains have always been described as majestic, but even the word itself fails to serve justice to sights such as this one.

Earth and sky meet phenomenally well in this picture, as the warm and cool tones collide to form beautiful contrasts. There is great skill and timing in the composition of this photograph as well. Though the mountain range is clearly detailed itself, it is the calming feel of the horizontal lines that set the mood for this scene. The peaks seem to transcend earth itself, and though we are not given any points of reference to determine the sheer height of these giants, there is something all too surreal about them, indicating that they are in fact giants.

=sebastopolgoose does a fantastic job of making the majestic more tangible than before in this striking photograph.
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Loiissipoff Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2010
Beautiful scene! :) I love the contrast between the warm and the cold colours!
sebastopolgoose Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2010
Thank you very much :D
Loiissipoff Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2010
You're very welcome! :D
GonBo Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2010  Professional Photographer
Woah que imagen, me encantan los tonos frios mesclados con los calidos, increible!
sebastopolgoose Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2010
Gracias! :blush:
kai-stork Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
You climbed up to heaven and took this picture, right?
sebastopolgoose Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2010
About as close as I could have gotten, yes.
Zarenth Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2010
I like the way the cool colours in the image appear to be sandwiche between the two bands of warm colours.
sebastopolgoose Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2010
Thank you :)
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