Djibouti’s Lake Abbe is one of those places where you look around you and feel like you’ve landed in some primordial landscape, full of strange features, hot springs and salt flats. The most striking elements of this landscape are the limestone chimneys, sometimes rising to almost 50 meters. As the Nubian and Somalian tectonic plates push against each other, the thin crust cracks and magma gets almost to the top, warming underwater springs. This boiling water bubbles up to the surface and deposits calcium carbonates, creating these beautiful structures.
As I mentioned in previous posts, the last few months, I’ve been focusing on shooting in different ways than what I normally do and these chimneys were the perfect opportunity to shoot with the sun back-lighting the scene. I also removed the lens hood from my camera to force a few more solar flares into the frame.