Argentina & Chile November 2008 Day 6-Taltal - Antofagasta 300km

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Re: Argentina & Chile November 2008 Day 6-Taltal - Antofagasta 300km

Post by Mike P » Tue Mar 10, 2009 9:41 pm

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General shot of the terrain with a couple of clumps lurking amongst the rocks.
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Re: Argentina & Chile November 2008 Day 6-Taltal - Antofagasta 300km

Post by Mike P » Tue Mar 10, 2009 9:44 pm

The area had the most beautiful wind cut sandstone rocks. David had to drag me away as I was contemplating placing one of the smaller ones in my backpack......excess baggage what excess baggage.
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Re: Argentina & Chile November 2008 Day 6-Taltal - Antofagasta 300km

Post by Mike P » Tue Mar 10, 2009 9:45 pm

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This is what I recall was a smaller headed type.
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Re: Argentina & Chile November 2008 Day 6-Taltal - Antofagasta 300km

Post by Mike P » Tue Mar 10, 2009 9:46 pm

Not sure about this one but probably the same as Davids.
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They were lovely plants.
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Re: Argentina & Chile November 2008 Day 6-Taltal - Antofagasta 300km

Post by Mike P » Tue Mar 10, 2009 9:47 pm

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This may well be the same one as in davids shot but taken from another angle.
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Re: Argentina & Chile November 2008 Day 6-Taltal - Antofagasta 300km

Post by Benjy » Wed Mar 11, 2009 10:25 am

Yes, All pictures posted above from Botija are of Copiapoa ahremephiana (tu)
A beautiful species, and ive never found/photographed a cristate one before,
love it :)

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Re: Argentina & Chile November 2008 Day 6-Taltal - Antofagasta 300km

Post by David_L » Wed Mar 11, 2009 10:06 pm

Thanks Benjy. It's getting late in the afternoon and we still have a long way and one more Copiapoa species to go before reaching Antofagasta. Anyway here's the view towards the sea from the end of the Botija valley. It was about this stage that I first thought we might end up having to rough it in the van for the night.


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Re: Argentina & Chile November 2008 Day 6-Taltal - Antofagasta 300km

Post by Benjy » Wed Mar 11, 2009 11:13 pm

:) roughing it in that van wouldve been beneficial,
Copiapoa atacamensis, decorticans and solaris are at your fingertips here in that valley,
Its a bit of a rush from here to Antofagasta at this time of day and the solaris' condition get worse from here northwards.

Anyway, I hope you made it, and my fingers are crossed you didnt get a puncture,
looking forward to your next posts !
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Re: Argentina & Chile November 2008 Day 6-Taltal - Antofagasta 300km

Post by David_L » Thu Mar 12, 2009 7:53 am

I think that I may have missed Copiapoa atacamensis and or decorticans at Botija. I think some of the more active members of the party who walked a little further and spent less time photographing ahremephiana may have seen these. I'm pretty sure Willy found decorticans. I certainly wish I could have spent longer in this area.
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Re: Argentina & Chile November 2008 Day 6-Taltal - Antofagasta 300km

Post by jhb » Fri Mar 13, 2009 7:54 am

David. Thankyou so much for sharing these pics with us. I for one am thoroughly enjoying the plants, the copiapoas are stunning as is the scenery.
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