Lagunas de Bocagrande in Colombia

November 15, 2017

  Lagunas de Boca Grande a mas de 3900 mts- Agosto 2017 Leonardo Villa01 (2)

Photographer: Leonardo Villa Alvarez 
Summary Author: Leonardo Villa Alvarez 

Shown above is the landscape of Sumapaz Páramo in Colombia, the largest, high-altitude tundra ecosystem in South America, and one of the largest in the world. Referred to as the Lagunas de Bocagrande because of its generous freshwater resources including small lakes (lagoons) of glacial origin. This páramo's high altitude (11,150 ft or about 3,400 m) climate is cold and wet. However, snow is rare. In fact, rain or mist is a nearly daily occurrence. Vegetation found in this region includes frailejónes, a shrub capable of capturing water vapor in its spongy trunk. While the area is less than 15 mi (24km) from the center of Colombia's capital city Bogotá, because it's difficult to reach, it's relatively protected. Photo taken on August 3, 2017.

Photo Details: Camera Maker: SONY; Camera Model: ILCE-7RM2; Lens: E 19mm F2.8; Focal Length: 19mm (35mm equivalent: 28mm); Aperture: ƒ/22.0; Exposure Time: 0.0080 s (1/125); ISO equiv: 320; Software: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 6.10.1 (Macintosh).