Photography of roadside flora in the Andes

“What a gorgeous sighting!” we thought as we clicked on our cameras. No, it wasn’t always birds we were excited to see on our weeklong bird-watching trip.

Our guide, Marcelo Quipo, led us in search of birds, and we did see many wonderful new species. An unexpected bonus – as we walked many miles down trails and back roads in the Andes Mountains near Mindo, Ecuador – were all the other sights just waiting to be photographed. The easiest subjects of all were the glorious plants, and most were new to us.

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Was it only in my imagination that this fern, ready to unfurl, was watching us?

We thought this blossoming flower looked more like sea anemone.

We thought this blossoming flower looked more like sea anemone.

No, it hadn’t rained. We were up at 11,000’ in a cloud forest when we saw this flower.

No, it hadn’t rained. We were up at 11,000’ in a cloud forest when we saw this flower.

Any pollinator approaching would appreciate the design on the inside of the flower which was hidden from our view.

Any pollinator approaching would appreciate the design on the inside of the flower which was hidden from our view.

Were these directional signs to proceed forward down the path?

Were these directional signs to proceed forward down the path?

Marcelo told us the red tips on the leaves evolved to attract birds to pollinate the flower that was under the leaves.

Marcelo told us the red tips on the leaves evolved to attract birds to pollinate the flower that was under the leaves.

Fern spore design on the underside of the leaf.

Fern spore design on the underside of the leaf.

We never tired of observing the flora around us, and only a call from Marcelo, “Hey, guys, come here! It’s a new bird…,” could pull us away.

 

July 2016

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Beth and Joe enjoy simple travel.
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4 Responses to Photography of roadside flora in the Andes

  1. Such beauty! Can’t wait to see the birds…(you did see birds, right?)

  2. plaidcamper says:

    What a wonderful set of photographs!

  3. How lucky you were to have Marcelo to watch out for birds while you enjoyed everything else. The three of you made a great team.

  4. Elisabeth Parker says:

    Beautiful photos!

    Betsy and Doug

    On Sun, Jul 24, 2016 at 11:42 AM, simpletravelourway wrote:

    > simpletravelourway posted: ““What a gorgeous sighting!” we thought as we > clicked on our cameras. No, it wasn’t always birds we were excited to see > on our weeklong bird-watching trip. Our guide, Marcelo Quipo, led us in > search of birds, and we did see many wonderful new species. A” >

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