• Aperture: ƒ/9
  • Camera: NIKON D3S
  • Taken: 24 November, 2013 15:42
  • Focal length: 105mm
  • ISO: 1250
  • Shutter speed: 1/400 s

The very last couple of kilometres of road to the plateau of Itatiaia National Park is blocked by the park entrance, and even though you can drive to the camping site by the small dam, it’s not worth it! You’ll miss all the magnificent flora and fauna along the dirt road.

In the rainy season you will be grateful there is a road, as the landscape is soaked and becomes soggy like a marsh or bog.

Fernseea itatiaiae

This species grows in the unaccessible and more rocky terrain, so you’ll see it in steep slopes and outcrops and cracks in the rocks above the road.

As the name implies it’s unique to the park and Brazil – it only grows here and in the Serra Fina mountain range.

Altitude: 2460 metres.