Caros amigos, a exposição ‘Momentos de Luz’ já está a ser montada. Apareçam em Carnide, HOJE, pelas 19h, no Espaço Bento Martins (Junta de Freguesia de Carnide), para uma boa tarde de convívio e um copo espumante :-) Entrada livre. Um abraço para todos! (em Junta de Freguesia de Carnide)

Forests occupy, for now, about 30% of Earth’s surface, having a high density of trees that are responsible for producing the oxygen essential to our lives and protect the soil against erosion. They are a source of legends, myths and fantastic stories. (em Sintra)

Is it possible to walk on the sky without lifting the feet of the Earth? Uyuni Salt Flat, Bolivia (em Salar de Uyuni)

Kyle of Lochalsh, Scotland (em Kyle Of Lochalsh, Highland, United Kingdom)

em Thar Desert

One of the distinctive aspects of Jaiselmer, India, are its Haveli, a word thought to have Persian origin and that means ‘an enclosed place’, applied nowadays to houses with historical and architectural significance, in this case the singular work on the interior and exterior facades. (em Jaiselmer)

HAPPY HOLI!!! Today we can get crazy and color makes all of us equal. Warmest regards to all my Indian friends. (em Jaisalmer)

Corvo, the crater-island that crowns the Azores archipelago and in which, near its twin lakes, silence can be heard.
[Thanks to my friend Carlos Mendes, whom appears in this photo, for always pushing the limits.] (em Caldeirão)

Most cacti live in habitats subject to at least some drought, like this one on the image, photographed in the Cachi region, Argentina. They show many adaptations to conserve water and most species of cacti have lost true leaves, retaining only spines. As well as defending against herbivores, spines help prevent water loss by reducing air flow close to the cactus and providing some shade. In the absence of leaves, enlarged stems carry out photosynthesis and store water. They are are often ribbed or fluted, which allows them to expand and contract easily, depending on how much water they have inside. (em Parque Nacional Los Cardones)

Cuernos del Paine, Patagonia, Chile (em Torres del Paine National Park)

"Risks must be taken because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing.” ― Leo Buscaglia. Cuernos del Paine, Patagonia, Chile. (em Parque Nacional Torres del Paine)

Train cemetery near Salar Uyuni, Bolivia (em Cementerio de Trenes, Uyuni)

Salt patterns at Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia (em Salar de Uyuni)

Walking on the infinity and touching the sky seems to be only worthy of mythological gods, but in the Uyuni’s Salt Flat, Bolivia, reality appears as a mirror of the unobtainable, making the impossible possible, while the taste of electricity and stormy colors swallow this piece of heaven on earth.

National Geographic Adventures granted me the great honor of making the cover of their 2014/2015 expeditions catalog, which will be distributed in the U.S. and Canada, with a picture taken in Patagonia, Argentina. Many thanks to Carlos Mendes, friend, companion and colleague, who appears on the photo and that contributed to this unique moment. And speaking of expeditions, do not forget to check www.joelsantos.net to know about my upcoming photo tours and expeditions.

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