Friday, January 20, 2012

Flora and Fauna in Futaleufu

As promised, here are some flora and fauna pictures from our recent trip to Futaleufu.


Whoops, this one's dead.  As in many places, steer skulls adorn fence posts.  I wish I could have taken a picture of the fence laced with varmit carcasses, but there wasn't any place to pull over.  But on to the living....



I've always thought ruched flowers were a little too frilly to represent anything in nature, but clearly I was wrong.  Here's a real "ruched" flower.


I think birds and bugs may be some of the hardest subjects to photograph.  They rarely seem to stay in one place for long and can land in the most inconvenient of spots.  Luckily, I was able to camp out by this broken reed and get close enough to this dragonfly without having my shadow spook him. Is there some way to tell if it's a him or her?  The color of the abdomen was positively electric.


I love these fuchsia and purple flowers which seem to be ubiquitous in warmer climates.  Does anyone know what they are?


Hens and their broods roamed about freely.  Most of the time they were fine, but sometimes.....


they fall victim to the many birds of prey in the area.


This is one of my favorite pictures from the whole trip.  This wooly fellow has moss and lichen growing around his face.  I guess it had been a while between shearing sessions.


This is the limb of a Monkey Puzzle tree, the national tree of Chile.  The trunk and limbs are covered with these spiky scales.  We were lucky that there was one such tree growing along the path between our cabins; they're considered very rare.


I got lucky with this photo, too.  I kept forgetting it was the summer time there and nest building was in full swing.  This fellow was flitting about and didn't mind that I watched where he was going.  If I've identified him correctly as a male wren, he builds several nests and his mate decides which one she likes best.  He also had been building outside the window of our cabin.

And finally, a photo of some of the noisiest creatures in the valley....


three very happy children on Chilean ranch horses.  (The middle child is the daughter of our host; the other two are mine.)  The horses and children were equally thrilled to run -- and I do mean run -- in the fields.  They ran back and forth, racing and chasing each other.  The horses were all good cutting horses, so there were a lot of quick starts and turns.  And no, there aren't any riding helmets to be found in Chile.

8 comments:

Sue Reno said...

Great pictures! I do love flora and fauna. I think the fuschia colored flowers are just that, fuschias. Thanks for posting.

Natalya Aikens said...

wow.....I wanna go....

Karen L R said...

amazing photos!

indeed, those flowers are fushsia. i've never seen them in the wild. they look more delicate and and simple than the cultivated versions.

norma said...

Incredible pictures! I love the bird with the nesting material in her beak and the wooly sheep. And, yes, the flowers are a variety of fuschia.

Melanie said...

f u C H S i a (not fuschia)-- named for the German botanist Leonhard Fuchs.

(I can't help it, old copy edit habits neither die nor fade away . . .)

Lisa Broberg Quintana said...

Great! Looks like it was so much fun, Vivien!

Vivien Zepf said...

I stand corrected, Melanie; thank you!

Kristin L said...

The fuchsia remind me of my grandmother who had bushes growing in her yard in Los Angeles. I would have loved to be one of those kids racing back and forth on horse back. :-)