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Passiflora mansoi UV

Perhaps equally beautiful in UV as in visible light?

Caryocar brasiliense

The protected areas of Chapada dos Guimaraes National Park is a treasure trove of plant species, and I was like a kid in a candy store! This is one of the tallest of the trees here, and during my visit they were all in fruit. Popular names: Pequi or souari nut

Caryocar brasiliense

The protected areas of Chapada dos Guimaraes National Park is a treasure trove of plant species, and I was like a kid in a candy store! Popular names: Pequi or souari nut

Chapada dos Guimaraes plant 30

The protected areas of Chapada dos Guimaraes National Park is a treasure trove of plant species, and I was like a kid in a candy store! The number of plant species is enormous, and I am really saddened by the fact that perhaps 90% of the cerrado has been destroyed. Please help me identify it […]

Chapada dos Guimaraes plant 30

The protected areas of Chapada dos Guimaraes National Park is a treasure trove of plant species, and I was like a kid in a candy store! The number of plant species is enormous, and I am really saddened by the fact that perhaps 90% of the cerrado has been destroyed. Please help me identify it […]

Chapada dos Guimaraes plant 29

The protected areas of Chapada dos Guimaraes National Park is a treasure trove of plant species, and I was like a kid in a candy store! The number of plant species is enormous, and I am really saddened by the fact that perhaps 90% of the cerrado has been destroyed. Please help me identify it […]

Chapada dos Guimaraes plant 29

The protected areas of Chapada dos Guimaraes National Park is a treasure trove of plant species, and I was like a kid in a candy store! The number of plant species is enormous, and I am really saddened by the fact that perhaps 90% of the cerrado has been destroyed. Please help me identify it […]

Aldama vernonioides

The protected areas of Chapada dos Guimaraes National Park is a treasure trove of plant species, and I was like a kid in a candy store! Please help me Identify it – leave a comment 🙂

Aldama vernonioides

The protected areas of Chapada dos Guimaraes National Park is a treasure trove of plant species, and I was like a kid in a candy store! The number of plant species is enormous, and I am really saddened by the fact that perhaps 90% of the cerrado has been destroyed. Please help me identify it […]

Chamaecrista sp

The protected areas of Chapada dos Guimaraes National Park is a treasure trove of plant species, and I was like a kid in a candy store! Please help me identify it – leave a comment 🙂

Chamaecrista sp UV

Perhaps even more beautiful in UV as the dark center is contrasting the bright petals, opposed to all yellow we humans see?

Chamaecrista sp

The protected areas of Chapada dos Guimaraes National Park is a treasure trove of plant species, and I was like a kid in a candy store! The number of plant species is enormous, and I am really saddened by the fact that perhaps 90% of the cerrado has been destroyed. Please help me identify it […]

Chapada dos Guimaraes plant 27 UV

Surprisingly this flower is very uniform in reflection in UV compared to the nuances in visible light.

Chapada dos Guimaraes plant 27

The protected areas of Chapada dos Guimaraes National Park is a treasure trove of plant species, and I was like a kid in a candy store! Please help me identify it – leave a comment 🙂

Chapada dos Guimaraes plant 27

The protected areas of Chapada dos Guimaraes National Park is a treasure trove of plant species, and I was like a kid in a candy store! The number of plant species is enormous, and I am really saddened by the fact that perhaps 90% of the cerrado has been destroyed. Please help me identify it […]

Adenocalymma peregrinum

The protected areas of Chapada dos Guimaraes National Park is a treasure trove of plant species, and I was like a kid in a candy store!

Adenocalymma peregrinum UV

How dramatically different it looks in UV! In visible light (for us humans) it looks all yellow!

Adenocalymma peregrinum

The protected areas of Chapada dos Guimaraes National Park is a treasure trove of plant species, and I was like a kid in a candy store! The number of plant species is enormous, and I am really saddened by the fact that perhaps 90% of the cerrado has been destroyed.

Calliandra viscidula UV

Darker in UV compared to visible light.

Calliandra viscidula

The protected areas of Chapada dos Guimaraes National Park is a treasure trove of plant species, and I was like a kid in a candy store! The number of plant species is enormous, and I am really saddened by the fact that perhaps 90% of the cerrado has been destroyed.

Calliandra viscidula

The protected areas of Chapada dos Guimaraes National Park is a treasure trove of plant species, and I was like a kid in a candy store! The number of plant species is enormous, and I am really saddened by the fact that perhaps 90% of the cerrado has been destroyed.

Wolf Apple (Solanum lycocarpum)

The protected areas of Chapada dos Guimaraes National Park is a treasure trove of plant species, and I was like a kid in a candy store! The number of plant species is enormous, and I am really saddened by the fact that perhaps 90% of the cerrado has been destroyed. The The fruit of this […]

Wolf Apple (Solanum lycocarpum) UV

Darker in UV compared to visible light.

Wolf Apple (Solanum lycocarpum)

The protected areas of Chapada dos Guimaraes National Park is a treasure trove of plant species, and I was like a kid in a candy store! The number of plant species is enormous, and I am really saddened by the fact that perhaps 90% of the cerrado has been destroyed. The The fruit of this […]

Jacaranda rufa

The protected areas of Chapada dos Guimaraes National Park is a treasure trove of plant species, and I was like a kid in a candy store!

Jacaranda rufa

The protected areas of Chapada dos Guimaraes National Park is a treasure trove of plant species, and I was like a kid in a candy store! The number of plant species is enormous, and I am really saddened by the fact that perhaps 90% of the cerrado has been destroyed. I’ve also encountered this species […]

Passiflora mansoi

The protected areas of Chapada dos Guimaraes National Park is a treasure trove of plant species, and I was like a kid in a candy store! Many of the fruits are edible and even very sweet, including Passifloras.

Passiflora mansoi

The protected areas of Chapada dos Guimaraes National Park is a treasure trove of plant species, and I was like a kid in a candy store! The number of plant species is enormous, and I am really saddened by the fact that perhaps 90% of the cerrado has been destroyed.

Passiflora mansoi

The protected areas of Chapada dos Guimaraes National Park is a treasure trove of plant species, and I was like a kid in a candy store!

Chapada dos Guimaraes National Park

This my second day here and thus another panorama (large image – click to see) of the incredible formations named Cidade de pedra in Portuguese, and this is one of the most spectacular natural wonders I’ve seen and should be a UNESCO World Heritage site! Getting here is very difficult as the park authorities only […]

Chapada dos Guimaraes National Park

This is a tiny fraction of the plateau which is the water source for Pantanal in Brazil – the largest wetland in the world. A major reason this has managed to stand against the forces of agricultural interests is the incredible rock formations and sheer cliffs, of which only a tiny portion is seen in […]

Heteropterys coriacea

The protected areas of Chapada dos Guimaraes National Park is a treasure trove of plant species, and I was like a kid in a candy store!

Heteropterys coriacea

The protected areas of Chapada dos Guimaraes National Park is a treasure trove of plant species, and I was like a kid in a candy store! The number of plant species is enormous, and I am really saddened by the fact that perhaps 90% of the cerrado has been destroyed.

Minaria acerosa

The protected areas of Chapada dos Guimaraes National Park is a treasure trove of plant species, and I was like a kid in a candy store! The number of plant species is enormous, and I am really saddened by the fact that perhaps 90% of the cerrado has been destroyed.

Trimezia juncifolia

The protected areas of Chapada dos Guimaraes National Park is a treasure trove of plant species, and I was like a kid in a candy store! The number of plant species is enormous, and I am really saddened by the fact that perhaps 90% of the cerrado has been destroyed. This was the only specimen […]

Vochysia rufa

The protected areas of Chapada dos Guimaraes National Park is a treasure trove of plant species, and I was like a kid in a candy store!

Palicourea rigida

The protected areas of Chapada dos Guimaraes National Park is a treasure trove of plant species, and I was like a kid in a candy store! Like so many plant species here, this bark is also soft.

Vochysia rufa

The protected areas of Chapada dos Guimaraes National Park is a treasure trove of plant species, and I was like a kid in a candy store!

Palicourea rigida

The protected areas of Chapada dos Guimaraes National Park is a treasure trove of plant species, and I was like a kid in a candy store! The number of plant species is enormous, and I am really saddened by the fact that perhaps 90% of the cerrado has been destroyed. This is possibly Palicourea rigida, […]

Eugenia punicifolia

The protected areas of Chapada dos Guimaraes National Park is a treasure trove of plant species, and I was like a kid in a candy store! The bark looks like that of pine, but is soft to the touch. Natures way here makes a garden like no other with small trees with unique features in […]

Eugenia punicifolia

The protected areas of Chapada dos Guimaraes National Park is a treasure trove of plant species, and I was like a kid in a candy store! The number of plant species is enormous, and I am really saddened by the fact that perhaps 90% of the cerrado has been destroyed.

Kielmeyera coriacea

The protected areas of Chapada dos Guimaraes National Park is a treasure trove of plant species, and I was like a kid in a candy store!

Kielmeyera coriacea

The protected areas of Chapada dos Guimaraes National Park is a treasure trove of plant species, and I was like a kid in a candy store!

Cissus erosa

The inflorescence looks very similar to the Stingray Vine (Cissus spinosa), but the long and slender leaves of this one is very dissimilar to spinosa.

Cissus erosa

The inflorescence looks very similar to the Stingray Vine (Cissus spinosa), but the long and slender leaves of this one is very dissimilar to spinosa.

Amasonia sp

The protected areas of Chapada dos Guimaraes National Park is a treasure trove of plant species, and I was like a kid in a candy store! The number of plant species is enormous, and I am really saddened by the fact that perhaps 90% of the cerrado has been destroyed. Please help me identify it […]

Amasonia sp

The protected areas of Chapada dos Guimaraes National Park is a treasure trove of plant species, and I was like a kid in a candy store! The number of plant species is enormous, and I am really saddened by the fact that perhaps 90% of the cerrado has been destroyed. I found none with open […]

Chapada dos Guimaraes plant 16 (Passiflora sp)

The protected areas of Chapada dos Guimaraes National Park is a treasure trove of plant species, and I was like a kid in a candy store! Please help me identify it – leave a comment 🙂

Dalechampia occidentalis

The protected areas of Chapada dos Guimaraes National Park is a treasure trove of plant species, and I was like a kid in a candy store!

Dalechampia occidentalis

The protected areas of Chapada dos Guimaraes National Park is a treasure trove of plant species, and I was like a kid in a candy store!

Dalechampia occidentalis

The protected areas of Chapada dos Guimaraes National Park is a treasure trove of plant species, and I was like a kid in a candy store! The number of plant species is enormous, and I am really saddened by the fact that perhaps 90% of the cerrado has been destroyed.

Ouratea spectabilis

The protected areas of Chapada dos Guimaraes National Park is a treasure trove of plant species, and I was like a kid in a candy store!

Ouratea spectabilis

The protected areas of Chapada dos Guimaraes National Park is a treasure trove of plant species, and I was like a kid in a candy store! The number of plant species is enormous, and I am really saddened by the fact that perhaps 90% of the cerrado has been destroyed. A very strange strange shape […]

Amphilophium elongatum

The protected areas of Chapada dos Guimaraes National Park is a treasure trove of plant species, and I was like a kid in a candy store!

Amphilophium elongatum

The protected areas of Chapada dos Guimaraes National Park is a treasure trove of plant species, and I was like a kid in a candy store! The number of plant species is enormous, and I am really saddened by the fact that perhaps 90% of the cerrado has been destroyed. The fragrance was very sweet!

Qualea multiflora

The protected areas of Chapada dos Guimaraes National Park is a treasure trove of plant species, and I was like a kid in a candy store!

Qualea multiflora

The protected areas of Chapada dos Guimaraes National Park is a treasure trove of plant species, and I was like a kid in a candy store! The number of plant species is enormous, and I am really saddened by the fact that perhaps 90% of the cerrado has been destroyed. At first glance one might […]

Combretum sp

The protected areas of Chapada dos Guimaraes National Park is a treasure trove of plant species, and I was like a kid in a candy store! Please help me identify it – leave a comment 🙂

Combretum sp

The protected areas of Chapada dos Guimaraes National Park is a treasure trove of plant species, and I was like a kid in a candy store! The number of plant species is enormous, and I am really saddened by the fact that perhaps 90% of the cerrado has been destroyed. Please help me identify it […]

Dimorphandra mollis

The protected areas of Chapada dos Guimaraes National Park is a treasure trove of plant species, and I was like a kid in a candy store!

Dimorphandra mollis

The protected areas of Chapada dos Guimaraes National Park is a treasure trove of plant species, and I was like a kid in a candy store! The number of plant species is enormous, and I am really saddened by the fact that perhaps 90% of the cerrado has been destroyed.

Chapada dos Guimaraes plant 10

The protected areas of Chapada dos Guimaraes National Park is a treasure trove of plant species, and I was like a kid in a candy store! Please help me identify it – leave a comment 🙂

Chapada dos Guimaraes plant 10

The protected areas of Chapada dos Guimaraes National Park is a treasure trove of plant species, and I was like a kid in a candy store! The number of plant species is enormous, and I am really saddened by the fact that perhaps 90% of the cerrado has been destroyed. There are many species that […]

Chamaecrista hispidula

The protected areas of Chapada dos Guimaraes National Park is a treasure trove of plant species, and I was like a kid in a candy store!

Chamaecrista hispidula

The protected areas of Chapada dos Guimaraes National Park is a treasure trove of plant species, and I was like a kid in a candy store! The number of plant species is enormous, and I am really saddened by the fact that perhaps 90% of the cerrado has been destroyed.

Manihot sp

The protected areas of Chapada dos Guimaraes National Park is a treasure trove of plant species, and I was like a kid in a candy store! Please help me identify it – leave a comment 🙂

Manihot sp

The protected areas of Chapada dos Guimaraes National Park is a treasure trove of plant species, and I was like a kid in a candy store! Please help me identify it – leave a comment 🙂

Manihot sp

The protected areas of Chapada dos Guimaraes National Park is a treasure trove of plant species, and I was like a kid in a candy store! The number of plant species is enormous, and I am really saddened by the fact that perhaps 90% of the cerrado has been destroyed. Please help me identify it […]

Rauvolfia weddelliana

The protected areas of Chapada dos Guimaraes National Park is a treasure trove of plant species, and I was like a kid in a candy store!

Rauvolfia weddelliana

The protected areas of Chapada dos Guimaraes National Park is a treasure trove of plant species, and I was like a kid in a candy store! The number of plant species is enormous, and I am really saddened by the fact that perhaps 90% of the cerrado has been destroyed.

Byrsonima rigida

The protected areas of Chapada dos Guimaraes National Park is a treasure trove of plant species, and I was like a kid in a candy store!

Byrsonima rigida

The protected areas of Chapada dos Guimaraes National Park is a treasure trove of plant species, and I was like a kid in a candy store! The number of plant species is enormous, and I am really saddened by the fact that perhaps 90% of the cerrado has been destroyed.

Chapada dos Guimaraes National Park

The park is a tiny fraction of this plateau, which is a rainmaker responsible for one of the natural wonders of the world – the Pantanal! It is a geological formation easily seen from space – chose “satellite” on the map here and you’ll see what I mean. If this plateau did not exist, the […]

Trimezia lutea UV

No surprise patterns or reflection/absorbtion in UV compared to visible light.

Trimezia lutea

The protected areas of Chapada dos Guimaraes National Park is a treasure trove of plant species, and I was like a kid in a candy store! The number of plant species is enormous, and I am really saddened by the fact that perhaps 90% of the cerrado has been destroyed.

Chapada dos Guimaraes plant 01 UV

What a big surprise that this bright flower in visible light is completely dark in UV! Not even a lighter and a darker region.

Chapada dos Guimaraes plant 01

The protected areas of Chapada dos Guimaraes National Park is a treasure trove of plant species, and I was like a kid in a candy store! The number of plant species is enormous, and I am really saddened by the fact that perhaps 90% of the cerrado has been destroyed. This was the only specimen […]

Chapada dos Guimaraes plant 01

The protected areas of Chapada dos Guimaraes National Park is a treasure trove of plant species, and I was like a kid in a candy store! Please help me identify it 🙂

Blue-winged macaw (Primolius maracana)

I was focused on photographing landscape panoramas, and did not bring my heavy lens! I have learned the hard way, and now I always bring all my gear even to the most barren of places! This species has a somewhat safe haven inside the Chapada dos Guimaraes National Park, and they need all remaining protected […]

Chapada dos Guimaraes National Park

This is a tiny fraction of the plateau which is the water source for Pantanal in Brazil – the largest wetland in the world. This is looking west towards the city of Cuiaba. A major reason this has managed to stand against the forces of agricultural interests is the incredible rock formations and sheer cliffs, […]

Vellozia glauca (Mauricio Mercadante)

Only a few days, perhaps weeks a year this species produces huge and wonderful flowers. I was very grateful to be here at the very end of this short period. Otherwise I would have only seen these leaves.

Vellozia glauca (Mauricio Mercadante)

On my way into Chapada dos Guimaraes National Park, a tiny protected area on the immensely diverse Cerrado of Brazil, I saw this colorful flash of pink in the corner of my eye. Then another one, and I immediately had to stop the car and explore this huge flower. My very first encounter of this […]

Curl-crested Jay (Cyanocorax cristatellus)

The only encounter of the species during my short stay inside Chapada dos Guimaraes National Park. Unfavourable background, unfortunately – hopefully better opportunity comes along during my next stay in Brazil. It sounds like this:

Burrowing Owl (Athene cunicularia)

The locked gate to the most remote part of Chapada dos Guimaraes National Park is guarded by a family of burrowing owls. A nice welcome I think, but if you drive all the way out here, know that you must make an appointment with the park authorities through a local authorized guide. The park will […]

Pantanal plant 51

My final plant encounter on my way out of Pantanal – a really beautiful color and my first of the species. Please help identify it – leave a comment 🙂

Pantanal plant 51

My final plant encounter on my way out of Pantanal – a really beautiful color and my first of the species. Please help identify it – leave a comment 🙂

Pantanal Plant 50

Wherever you go in Pantanal you’ll see wonderful species of plants, and thus I stop to photograph even as was on my way out of Pantanal. This is one I’ve not encountered before so naturally I needed to look at it and take some shots. Please help me identify it – leave a comment!

Pantanal Plant 50

Wherever you go in Pantanal you’ll see wonderful species of plants, and thus I stop to photograph even as was on my way out of Pantanal. This is one I’ve not encountered before so naturally I needed to look at it and take some shots. Please help me identify it – leave a comment 🙂

Green-barred Woodpecker (Colaptes melanochloros)

This was a brief encounter with the species as I was about to leave SouthWild Pantanal and go to Chapada dos Guimarães – the rainmaker and the source of Pantanal’s water. It’s looking for food in the trees right outside the lodge. That’s what’s so amazing about Pantanal – you chill in a hammock, or […]

Pickerel Weed (Pontederia parviflora)

These plants grow in a pond right outside the buildings of SouthWild Pantanal. I find the long leaves quite decorative and a plant worthy of any garden.

Physalaemus sp

It looks much like Whistling frog (Physalaemus albonotatus), but I’m not certain, as I don’t recorded whether this one had the miauing sound or not. So any ID help is much appreciated!

Ringed Kingfisher (Megaceryle torquata)

In this moment in time it really could look like it’s touching its head with the wing like we humans would when we think D’OH after we have done something stupid. This bird was in no such state, nor do I think will it ever be. It was simply having a preening session in the […]

Chaco tree frog (Hypsiboas raniceps)

During the day it’s much harder to find the frogs as you don’t have their sounds to hone in on, nor are they sitting out in the sun. In one of the many ponds emerging around the lodge I found these two individuals – both clinging onto water hyacinth leaves. Both with relatively minimal shade, […]

Aspilia sp UV

In UV the all-yellow we humans see, is not at all present. The size and shape of the dark centre can in many instances be a key component in identifying species that are very similar morphologically.

Aspilia sp

This species was in some places growing in large and dense populations along Cuiaba river and the rivers further into Jaguarland. Several times I wanted to photograph them but for some reason it never happened, and I was left with this small specimen in one of the swamps in SouthWild Pantanal. Please help me identify […]

Aspilia sp

This species was in some places growing in large and dense populations along Cuiaba river and the rivers further into Jaguarland. Several times I wanted to photograph them but for some reason it never happened, and I was left with this small specimen in one of the swamps in SouthWild Pantanal. Please help me identify […]