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Like a Rock
Photograph by Joel Sartore

Strong enough for a man to stand on, the llareta of the Atacama—a rare native plant—grows one centimeter a year in dense mounds that spread along the ground. Llareta is nearly extinct in parts of the desert, where local people dry it to use as firewood.

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Nikon F5
Film Type: Fujichrome Velvia
Lens: Nikon 17-35mm f/2.8
Speed and F-Stop: 1/60 @ f/5.6

Weather Conditions: Sunny
Time of Day: Dawn
Lighting Techniques: I used flash for the foreground and available light for the background.



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