• Aperture: ƒ/14
  • Camera: NIKON D3S
  • Taken: 15 November, 2013 08:09
  • Focal length: 210mm
  • ISO: 250
  • Shutter speed: 1/250 s

The soil on this part of Pantanal (between Corumbá and Miranda) is in many places fine sand – just like a desert or a beach.

Just after a couple of hundred metres on the private road leading to Pousada Xaraés you’ll encounter the deep sand – only passable by large trucks and 4x4s. It was here I first noticed the “sandy” flora in bloom.

After millennia of floods, each annual flood bringing a load of fine silt and particles from afar, the accumulation of sand is sufficient in some places that specific plant species have adapted to this type of soil. Most of the plants are very small, and you must use a magnifying glass to even see some of the inflorescences!

Centrosema brasilianum

This species is found in the edges of the grassland in the thickets surrounding the forest islands. It’s a large plant, and forming bark on older growth.