Argentina & Chile --- November 2008--- San Pedro de Atacama to Susques (Argentina) --- 320km

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Re: Argentina & Chile --- November 2008--- San Pedro de Atacama to Susques (Argentina) --- 320km

Post by Mike P » Mon Apr 06, 2009 8:59 pm

And another of the Cumulopuntia atacamensis.
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Re: Argentina & Chile --- November 2008--- San Pedro de Atacama to Susques (Argentina) --- 320km

Post by Mike P » Mon Apr 06, 2009 9:00 pm

And another.
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Re: Argentina & Chile --- November 2008--- San Pedro de Atacama to Susques (Argentina) --- 320km

Post by Mike P » Mon Apr 06, 2009 9:02 pm

And another.
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I could have spent hours here cataloguing all the different shades of the C atacamensis alone.
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Re: Argentina & Chile --- November 2008--- San Pedro de Atacama to Susques (Argentina) --- 320km

Post by Mike P » Mon Apr 06, 2009 9:04 pm

Also growing here were clumps of a small headed Maihueniopsis which I took to be minima.
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Re: Argentina & Chile --- November 2008--- San Pedro de Atacama to Susques (Argentina) --- 320km

Post by Mike P » Mon Apr 06, 2009 9:07 pm

And a close up.
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I have now been persuaded that this is actually Maihueniopsis conoidea.
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Re: Argentina & Chile --- November 2008--- San Pedro de Atacama to Susques (Argentina) --- 320km

Post by Mike P » Mon Apr 06, 2009 9:10 pm

The Trichocereus atacamensis were majestic. Just look at the scale of the figure beside the one on the right. (In a classic digital camera pose.)
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Re: Argentina & Chile --- November 2008--- San Pedro de Atacama to Susques (Argentina) --- 320km

Post by Mike P » Mon Apr 06, 2009 9:11 pm

And one in flower.
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Re: Argentina & Chile --- November 2008--- San Pedro de Atacama to Susques (Argentina) --- 320km

Post by Mike P » Mon Apr 06, 2009 9:13 pm

The area had obviously been visited by a disciple of Andy Goldsworthy.
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Note the very large volcano in the background again......more of that later
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Re: Argentina & Chile --- November 2008--- San Pedro de Atacama to Susques (Argentina) --- 320km

Post by Mike P » Mon Apr 06, 2009 9:22 pm

And another C atacamensis.....
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Re: Argentina & Chile --- November 2008--- San Pedro de Atacama to Susques (Argentina) --- 320km

Post by Mike P » Mon Apr 06, 2009 9:23 pm

Tito carrying out some very detailed research on one of the flowers.
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