Foggy green Andean valley with dead papaya by Ben Ryan for Stocksy United

Foggy green Andean valley with dead papaya

Lomas de Lachay is located north of Peru's capital Lima. Most of the year it is a desert valley like much of the coastline, however in the change from dry to wet seasons, the increasing moisture from the Pacific condenses into a thick, perpetual fog that saturates the ground enough for life to flourish for a few months. First the ground is carpetted in green before erupting into an intense yellow bloom. At one point the valley had more water, and a forrest of Papaya took root. The valley has since dried out, the Papaya died, but their skeletons remain.

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Uploaded 31 March, 2013
Camera: Canon EOS 5D

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