Argentina & Chile -- November 2008 -- Day 11-- La Quiaca to JuJuy --234km

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Re: Argentina & Chile -- November 2008 -- Day 11-- La Quiaca to JuJuy --234km

Post by David_L » Fri Jun 12, 2009 8:11 pm

A closer view.

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Re: Argentina & Chile -- November 2008 -- Day 11-- La Quiaca to JuJuy --234km

Post by David_L » Fri Jun 12, 2009 8:13 pm

A close up of the Cleistocactus hyalacanthus showing the flower and fruit.


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Re: Argentina & Chile -- November 2008 -- Day 11-- La Quiaca to JuJuy --234km

Post by David_L » Fri Jun 12, 2009 8:16 pm

Trichocereus pasacana was ubiquitous in the area. Here's a rather nice one with some of the bromeliad in the background.


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Re: Argentina & Chile -- November 2008 -- Day 11-- La Quiaca to JuJuy --234km

Post by Mike P » Mon Jun 15, 2009 9:40 pm

After a while it started to spot with rain and we returned to the van for a trip south. [attachment 19293 d1.jpg]
The clouds followed us and those parched plants back on the hillside were probably having a wonderful shower.
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Re: Argentina & Chile -- November 2008 -- Day 11-- La Quiaca to JuJuy --234km

Post by Mike P » Mon Jun 15, 2009 9:42 pm

We finally stopped on the edge of some dense woodland. I am not sure of the name of this location but it was very curious. We parked and started out searching for a Rebutia by walking up a stream....(no this was not an after affect of the Coca tea)..odd I thought. David being sensible gave up after a few meters. Light levels were low so there is some blurring in these images......
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Seriously we were looking for a Rebutia....
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Re: Argentina & Chile -- November 2008 -- Day 11-- La Quiaca to JuJuy --234km

Post by Mike P » Mon Jun 15, 2009 9:44 pm

It became wetter and steeper and the sides of the gorge closed in. Everything was wet and slippery and my lightweight walking boots soon became soggy. And there was not a Rebutia to be seen.
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Post by Mike P » Mon Jun 15, 2009 9:46 pm

Eventually Willy and Tito decided to call it a day and we slid back down the gorge.
I spotted several Begonias growing here some of which look exactly like ones I have seen as house plants.
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Re: Argentina & Chile -- November 2008 -- Day 11-- La Quiaca to JuJuy --234km

Post by Mike P » Mon Jun 15, 2009 9:48 pm

Here they are growing amongst this beautiful arching grass making a very attractive hillside.
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Yes this is pretty much the right way up.
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Post by Mike P » Mon Jun 15, 2009 9:51 pm

Whilst I was scrabbling around looking at the Begonias I spotted a very interesting looking toad. I was too wary to pick it up (it being black and red which usually means something like 'I am toxic leave me alone') but Louis was made of sterner stuff. As soon as it was on his hand it rolled over to reveal the full extent of its colouring which must be a defence mechanism.
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After a while Louis relesed it and went off to wash his hands in the stream.
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Re: Argentina & Chile -- November 2008 -- Day 11-- La Quiaca to JuJuy --234km

Post by David_L » Sat Jun 20, 2009 10:09 am

A few shots of the scenery as we came lower in the main valley. There were some extraordinary eroded rock formations. I guess this 'rock' is very soft. More likely mudstone and erodes very easily in the torrential rainstorms to wich the area is obviously prone.


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