Sunday, November 12, 2006
Thursday, November 02, 2006
An elephant ear leaf with the sun hitting it and shining through:
An Black and Yellow Garden spider awaiting his prey. This is a type of orb-web spider weaves intricate patterns in the center of its web to help camouflage itself from insects that might and stumble into its web and possible attackers.
Monday, September 18, 2006
Encountered these flowers growing high up on the slopes of Cotopaxi volcano, mentioned below. Even in the harshest conditions, enduring cold temperatures, wind and rain, life adapts (in this case by hugging the ground). Below is a photo of a frailejon, a member of the daisy family that grows above the tree line in the Andes. It can reach over 10 feet tall, with a short trunk and strange shape.
Wednesday, September 13, 2006
Cotopaxi, at around 19,350 feet, is one of the highest active volcanoes in the world. Located only about 30 miles south of Quito, on a clear day you can catch a glimpse of Cotopaxi's peak and equatorial snow from the cobbled streets of the Ecuadorian capital.
Cotopaxi is dramatic. It stands alone, its perfect cone shape rising out of the western side of the inter-Andean valley just north of the city of Latacunga. It is powerful. It has erupted more than 50 times in the last 300 and years and destroyed Latacunga at least twice. Being active, it could erupt again at any time. Ecuadorians were reminded of the power of volcanoes this past summer when Volcan Tungurahua erupted and caused deaths and the evacuation of several villages.
My girlfriend and I took a guided hike on the slopes of Cotopaxi up to about 14-15,000 feet. We had to breathe deeply and walk slowly in the thin air. The winds threatened to knock me down as they forced changes between mist, rain and sunshine. Even on the equator, at that altitude the weather is too harsh to support much plant life. We stood on a barren surface of volcanic rock that looked like the moon less than 50 miles from the lush Amazonian basin. It's amazing what altitude can do.
Wednesday, May 24, 2006
The Julian Alps
All pictures taken by me in late September 2004.
Thursday, May 18, 2006
All pictures taken in September 2004.
Cyclist and passenger in Amsterdam
Canals and windmills are ubiquitous. North Holland near Vijfhuizen.
A cyclist friend approaches in the morning light. Loenen in Utrecht province.