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Salvador Dali Desert, Bolivia


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My first attraction to visit Bolivia was to visit the Salt Flats in Uyuni but soon discovered there was so much more….a 3 day tour, which was as cheap as chips, ok some things were questionable, (sure we cater for gluten free, you just don’t get a meal lol, oh wait we have canned soup! seriously how hard is it to scramble some eggs?!) Well make for great stories of this rustic country, I certainly laughed a lot….. The whole place looked like a painting and felt so familiar in a comforting way, While visiting one of the areas not surprisingly name Salvador Dali Desert, so the story goes that he was inspired by the desert and fragments are noticeable in his painting, well I can’t confirm that for sure, although this is what I found online.

So how does one get to Bolivia? well originally I was going to fly to La Paz, then bus to Uyuni and go from there, minor mishap with my credit card, (not impressed ANZ), so i lost a day trying to get a ticket, I only had a ticket to Buenos Aires, (turns out I did have ticket…too long to explain) on the plane I met two argentinian guys, (Twins, hot, too young, sigh) and suggested the way to go, and once I arrived at my hostel a few girls gave me the same direction, so I decided to go for it, of course the hard way with one goal in mind, cross the boarder on foot during sunrise.

So I got a plane to Jujuy, pronounce (Ho hoi), short flight, shared a cab with some other people, got to this dodgy looking hostel, got a cab to the bus stop (after waiting forever for info, bizarre cab driver, who came back after he dropped me off and offered to take me around and I had hours to wait for the bus, yeah right, no thanks), the bus finally arrived by this time it was pretty late, I sat next to a lovely ol bloke who a little while in asked if i would hold a plastic bag for him so he could stretch out and sleep, me being me, said ‘sure”, seriously i need to think things through sometimes, well i have no idea what was in the bag, felt like hay and and smelt like crap as in the real crap! as soon as he fell asleep i put it down on the floor, you would think he would at least share his blanket with me, hahahah. We finally arrived at the end of the line, a little out of it I looked around then remember I needed to get a cab to the boarder of Argentina, Sat there for a couple of hours (time change) watching people come and go doing their daily thing i guess, very cool, a few people asked me questions and one lady said ‘she doesn’t understand’ actually I do but not that easy for me to reply. I sat all rugged up wearing 5 layers, yes I was prepared, 3rd in line I waited for  immigration opened up, that was pretty easy, I walked across the bridge, Day breaking, Boom! Bolivia, I changed some money and got a cab to the bus station, I bought my bus ticket, had a huge coffee while I waited, watching people set up for stores, friendly faced greeting each other…… finally got on the bus and passed out before it left, it was so hot in there, tired and dehydrated I struggled to stay awake for the first part missing some spectacular scenery along the way. A few stops along the way, let me tell you if you don’t have any coins for the toilet, the door woman  will not let you in, believe me I begged her, so do as the locals do and go behind the shed…Arrived in Uyuni…What an amazing ride, way too many stories to share but some are meant just for me…..

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Trees of Balance


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A little play on lines, perspective and balance, A little wonder around the forest before the Hot air ballon night glow at Brown Brothers.
Milawa, Victoria

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Rainbow Mountain, Peru


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The spectacular Rainbow Mountain, Peru. Personal Journey
It was my last trek in South America and another beauty, I nearly didn’t do it…..but I’m so glad I did, telling myself off a few times, asking “why are you punishing your body like this?” Last trek ever, I swear, well, after the pain is gone it’s all good again. I read so many reviews of how hard the trek is, the altitude etc, Some said it was hard, some easy, It’s two and a half hours up, although I’m sure i would be slower had I walked it all, so I thought, what is my goal here? to prove I can climb it? or get to the top as quick as possible and photograph?

A couple of the Brazilian guys on the bus called me a cheat for being on the horse, I laughed and waved my camera at them, smiled and thought to myself, I’d only be cheating if my goal was the same as yours 😉

So I walked the first quarter and then decided to get on a horse, needless to say I was broken for a few days afterwards. I walked the last quarter, 100 metres quite steep and all the way to the top, sprints of 5 or 6 steps before dizziness set in, it’s a bit like when you get up too fast but lasts twice as long.Finally at the top with stunning views of the valley and mountains, Worth it when you breathe in the serenity, along with other people of course, but patience is needed, wait until my frame is clear of people.
I decided to walk back taking my time, i have to say this was one of the hardest on my knees and absolutely exhausted when I got back to the bus, 3.30am start might have something to do with it as well, so now that i’m tucked in and editing and recalling the feeling looking out, my heart smiles knowing I found my own rainbow along the way….

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Maternity Fine Art Portrait


“Having children just puts the whole world into perspective. Everything else just disappears.” —Kate Winslet

A glowing mother to be, she’s just beautiful in every way, a fine art piece created to celebrate a very special time in their lives, for them and for generations to come. All the very best gorgeous lady. I absolutely loved our shoot.

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Maternity shoot


How stunning! First time mother to be, excited and calm all at the same time, just like us mothers should be (well we try ;-))

The miracle of love. That warm smile that says “I love you already “

This made my day…..

Mini shoot today, just a few portraits and a few for a fine art piece, something extra special..

Los Cuernos from Refugio Darwin.


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Yes! I will work for food and wine while on my travels, after a full day of trekking, it was great to come back to Refugio Darwin, to watch the sunset over Los Cuernos with a glass of wine, a beautiful finish to the end of my first day in Patagonia.

Refugio Darwin maybe a little further out that some of the places to stay in Patagonia but transfers to the base of each trek made it easy whatever time you choose to start your day, staff were very friendly and helpful, I even got a “Forza Silvia!” from Victor on my first trek, well that made me smile and think, “here goes!”

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After and early morning start and a last minute decision to visit Lago Grey on the way back, needless to say I needed something to warm me up, arriving back at Refugio Darwin, i asked for a cup of tea, not long after a spread was being set up, I thought ‘that’s nice”, well what I didn’t realise is they were setting up to take some photos, oops, It was only a bit of cheese while I waited for my tea, A little laughter and a voice said “wait” lol

I was then asked if I would take some images in exchange for dinner, well of course! dinner was great by the way! Nothing like a BBQ, I even got to try Pisco. I never did get that cup of tea….Although I was then offered what was on the table.

The bottle of wine as a gift was definitely a bonus, before dinner and during sunset, perfect.

A special thanks to both Nicole’s, Victor and other staff members during my stay, should i be back anytime soon, I know exactly where to stay.

Los Cuernos, The Horns of Patagonia.


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My first and probably the easiest trek in Patagonia, Chile, Los Cuernos, An early morning start and about an 3 hours up and back with plenty of stops along the way to photograph and of course enjoy for myself, well easy if you forget the strong winds making you stop in your tracks until it passes, every so often wild winds picking up the water from the lakes, feeling like sharp pins thrown straight to my face, forget the tripod, that tipped over in the first 30 seconds, light rains and not a soul in sight, great time to sing out loud and enjoy the majestic mountain as we stood face to face, while it was spectacular and the clouds were low I didn’t get a complete clear view all the time, this was the day I was given, mysterious mood and a massive smile on my face…

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Cerro San Cristóbal and Cerro Santa Lucia.


Day 1

Wow direct flights to Santiago, Chile!!!!

Cerro Santa Lucia.

An early morning walk, the streets were quiet and my journey had begun……………. Well worth climb to the top, the views were spectacular,  a lovely introduction to the city of Santiago and a little training for treks to follow.

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Spectacular Panoramic View of Santiago

Walk up for about 45 minutes or take the cable cart to the top, a great introduction to Santiago city, a bit foggy so the Andes were not as clear as I would have liked, i heard after the rain is the best time for better visibility, next time maybe?? FYI

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Llama at first site.

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What a great site after coming down the hill, super soft, super cute, the owner was saying it’s ok squeeze him tight, all i could hear in my mind was my eldest daughter saying, “careful he might spit on you”, nope he was just as sweet as can be, a great way to start my travels through South America.

Hip Hop, they got the Moves……


 

Silvia Tomarchio Photography_HIp Hop_Kids PortraitsAlways great to see these multi talented kids in studio, this time sporting their hip hop moves…..bring it!