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Title: Chile, from the extreme north to the Central Cordilleras
Post by: gervandenbeuken on February 03, 2009, 08:38:30 AM
Some years ago my wife Mariet and I, just two of us, made a trip from the Alti Plano in the north of Chile to the Central Cordilleras.
This was the time that digital photography was in a beginning phase.
Just to explain that the photos I show in this topic are all scanned slides and to justify that therefore the quality is less excellent.

altiplano
alpacas
Atacama desert
Atacama desert
cactus sp.
Cajophora rahmerii
Cajophora rahmerii
Cerinthe sp.
Draba sp.
Draba sp.
Title: Re: Chile, from the extremely north to the Central Cordilleras
Post by: gervandenbeuken on February 03, 2009, 08:50:29 AM
Putre
volcan Parinacota
volcan Parinacota
volcan Parinacota
Junellia sp.
Adesmia sp.
Senecio sp.
Nototriche sp.
Nototriche meyenii
Mariet is collecting seeds of Nototriche meyenii
Title: Re: Chile, from the extremely north to the Central Cordilleras
Post by: gervandenbeuken on February 03, 2009, 09:00:36 AM
Azorella compacta
Azorella compacta
Cordillera Dona Ana
Adean range direction Portillos
Lago Negra, Portillos
Calandrinia affinis
Mutisia sp.
Mutisia sp.
Tropaeolum polyphyllum
Tropaeolum polyphyllum


Title: Re: Chile, from the extremely north to the Central Cordilleras
Post by: Lesley Cox on February 03, 2009, 09:26:16 AM
Another amazing collection of pictures about another exciting and thrilling trip. Thanks so much Ger. I can see why cushion plants attract you. :)
Title: Re: Chile, from the extremely north to the Central Cordilleras
Post by: tonyg on February 03, 2009, 09:27:14 AM
The Azorella compacta is truly a natural wonder :)

It is difficult to tell quite how big they are.  Can you give us an idea of scale?  They look quite massive.
Title: Re: Chile, from the extremely north to the Central Cordilleras
Post by: gervandenbeuken on February 03, 2009, 09:35:34 AM
Lagunillas
Mutisia sinuata
Mutisia sinuata
Argylia adscendens
Argylia adscendens
Tropaeolum sessilifolium
Crucksjanksia hymenodon
Crucksjanksia hymenodon
Calandrinia sericea
Calandrinia sericea
Title: Re: Chile, from the extremely north to the Central Cordilleras
Post by: gervandenbeuken on February 03, 2009, 09:44:58 AM
Calandrinia picta
Chilean Andes
Maipo Range
Lakeside in the Maipo Range
Astragalus arnottianus
Chaetanthera glabrata
Happlopappus sp.
Cryptantha capituliflora
Chuquiraga sp.
Calceolaria sp.


Title: Re: Chile, from the extremely north to the Central Cordilleras
Post by: gervandenbeuken on February 03, 2009, 09:53:26 AM

The last 8 pictures.
Have fun,
Ger



Alstroemeria umbellata
Cajophora coronata
Oxalis compacta
Oxalis squamata
Rhodophiala rhodolirion
Rhodophiala rhodolirion
Rhodophiala rhodolirion
Santiago
Title: Re: Chile, from the extremely north to the Central Cordilleras
Post by: Carlo on February 03, 2009, 01:35:37 PM
Ger,

Another magnificent display. I was going to email you privately with a question, but I know that others on the forum will be interested in your answer. You mentioned that the Chile pictures are scanned slides. Since many of us have converted from film to digital in past couple of years, we have many slides that are on their way to being rendered obsolete. Your scans are wonderful. What are you doing to digitize the transparencies? I've been pondering the purchase of a scanner (too expensive to send everything out--and I don't want all my original slides in the mails), but have so far held out...
Title: Re: Chile, from the extremely north to the Central Cordilleras
Post by: ranunculus on February 03, 2009, 01:47:51 PM
Wonderful thread, Ger ... Oh to be able to take my camera there for a month or so ... (and a battery charger, of course)!  :)
Title: Re: Chile, from the extremely north to the Central Cordilleras
Post by: gervandenbeuken on February 03, 2009, 03:01:37 PM
Carlo, I use a Canoscan FS4000US. The results are even better as the more expensive Nikon.
I can scan maximum 8 to 10 slides in one hour. After that I add some more light and contrast. You see the results are good.
It means however a lot of work with thousends of slides.
Good job for the dark wintermonth at least if you are patient enough.
Title: Re: Chile, from the extreme north to the Central Cordilleras
Post by: Lvandelft on February 03, 2009, 03:56:18 PM
Beautiful series Ger!
Oooooh, and I want some Alstroemeria umbellata for my raised bed... :o ;D ;D
Title: Re: Chile, from the extreme north to the Central Cordilleras
Post by: gervandenbeuken on February 03, 2009, 06:43:51 PM
would it be hardy here in our country, Luit?

Groeten Ger &Mariet
Title: Re: Chile, from the extreme north to the Central Cordilleras
Post by: Lvandelft on February 04, 2009, 08:14:10 AM
would it be hardy here in our country, Luit?

Groeten Ger &Mariet
Ger, I would give it a chance here in my sandy soil, but in winter put some glass over it
against the wet weather.
It should at least stand -10 C to -15 C which is low near the coast.
Title: Re: Chile, from the extreme north to the Central Cordilleras
Post by: gervandenbeuken on February 04, 2009, 10:55:24 AM
Now still somebody to find who can supply.
Title: Re: Chile, from the extreme north to the Central Cordilleras
Post by: Lvandelft on February 04, 2009, 11:21:09 AM
Thanks to a VERY generous Forumist I got an offer!  :D :D :D 8)
Title: Re: Chile, from the extreme north to the Central Cordilleras
Post by: Roma on February 04, 2009, 08:08:49 PM
Beautiful pictures, Ger.  I seem to remember when you showed the Azorella pictures at a Discussion weekend, someone shouted out 'That's not a cushion, that's a sofa!'
Title: Re: Chile, from the extreme north to the Central Cordilleras
Post by: Maggi Young on February 04, 2009, 08:39:59 PM
Beautiful pictures, Ger.  I seem to remember when you showed the Azorella pictures at a Discussion weekend, someone shouted out 'That's not a cushion, that's a sofa!'

 :o ::) ;D ;) ;)
Title: Re: Chile, from the extreme north to the Central Cordilleras
Post by: Hans A. on February 04, 2009, 08:50:15 PM
Ger, thanks a lot for this great pictures! They cause a lot of wanderlust....   ::) :D
The Mutisia spec. should be Mutisia subulata fma. rosmarinifolia.
Title: Re: Chile, from the extreme north to the Central Cordilleras
Post by: gervandenbeuken on February 05, 2009, 08:53:02 AM
many thanks Hans for your help.
Title: Re: Chile, from the extreme north to the Central Cordilleras
Post by: gervandenbeuken on February 05, 2009, 09:21:33 AM
to use Azorella compacta as a sofa is not a good idea.
It is as hard as stone.
To have an idea of the size. One of the cushions was more than 3 meter square and 1.20 tall.
Students of Gornall university studied these plants for some years and found out that these plants have a growth of about 2 to 3 mm in a year. This means that some of the plants could be more than 1000 years old.