Imagine a still night, no wind, and a mirror perfectly reflecting the night sky at your feet. That’s what photographer Xiaohua Zhao came across while shooting in the world’s largest salt flat, the Salar de Uyuni of Bolivia. This photo was shortlisted alongside some other incredible shots for the Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2015 award:
The salt flats cover over 10,000 square kilometers and are over a layer of brine below. After a rain the flats can reflect quite well if there is no wind to disturb the thin layer of water covering it. This shot beautifully reflects the milky way and the stars making it look almost like the subject is dancing in space with the ground seamlessly blending into the sky.
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