Tag Archives: Antisana

Antisana plant 03 (Geranium sp.)

Altitude 4200 metres. Aperture: ƒ/18 Camera: NIKON D700 Taken: 28 November, 2011 13:48 Focal length: 150mm ISO: 800 Shutter speed: 1/200 s

Antisana plant 03 (Geranium sp.)

At this altitude the Geraniums are very small, but still easy to recognize. Altitude 4200 metres. Please help me classify it – leave a comment 🙂 Aperture: ƒ/18 Camera: NIKON D700 Taken: 28 November, 2011 13:47 Focal length: 150mm ISO: 800 Shutter speed: 1/200 s

Gentiana sedifolia

I found many in bloom here in the Antisana Ecological Reserve. Mesmerizing color and pattern that can trick your eye’s focus. This species is very variable, so pattern varies. Altitude 4200 metres. Aperture: ƒ/18 Camera: NIKON D700 ISO: 800

Gentianella cerastioides

At first glance it resembles a Crocus. I was lucky to visit when in bloom, and they thrive here in the Antisana Ecological Reserve. Here it’ growing in a cushion of Azorella pedunculata (Apiaceae). Altitude 4200 metres. Aperture: ƒ/18 Camera: NIKON D700 ISO: 800

Lasiocephalus ovatus

I have also found it under Culcitium reflexum and Culcitium uniflorum. Altitude 4200 metres. Aperture: ƒ/18 Camera: NIKON D700 Taken: 28 November, 2011 13:38 Focal length: 150mm ISO: 800 Shutter speed: 1/200 s

Chuquiragua jussieui

An iconic flower – so huge and conspicuous. How is it able to make such a huge infloresence at this altitude and with seemingly so little nutrition? This specimen was located in the Antisana Ecological Reserve. During my brief visit only a very few were in bloom, which made me wonder how the Ecuadorian Hillstar […]

Club-moss (Lycopodium crassum)

This is perhaps the most eye-catching of all the club-mosses, and is the first I’ve seen that’s not green. It looks ancient and prehistoric. Altitude 4200 metres. Aperture: ƒ/16 Camera: NIKON D700 ISO: 800

Carunculated Caracara (Phalcoboenus carunculatus)

This bird is all about the walk! At this altitude the Caracara was abundant, and they were strolling seemingly leisurely and rather undisturbed by our car. If we got too close they simply turned away, but continued their walk. Of course this is all about search for food and opportunities to get some, perhaps from […]

Hypochaeris sessiliflora

Many in the family have adapted the same way at this altitude – only one huge flower, barely over the ground and leaves. Impossible to pluck for a bouquet, fortunately – and thus it’s saved from human exploitation. Altitude 4200 metres. Aperture: ƒ/16 Camera: NIKON D700 Taken: 28 November, 2011 12:03 Focal length: 150mm ISO: […]

Antisana plant 01 (Asteraceae)

One of few in the family at this altitude that produces a tall stem. I encountered it here in Antisana Ecological Reserve as well as in Cayambe Coca. Resembles the Nordic Erigeron uniflorus. Altitude 4200 metres. Please help me classify it – leave a comment 🙂 Aperture: ƒ/18 Camera: NIKON D700 Taken: 28 November, 2011 […]

American Kestrel (Falco sparverius)

I saw the Kestrel catch the rodent and then I lost sight of it, as we were driving. After I got out of the car I saw it was out in plain sight starting to eat it. I would have thought it wanted to conceal the catch, but it was neither in a hurry to […]