Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Tulipe: The Yumbos Enigma

Tulipe is already a well known archeological site in Ecuador, not just because of its interesting ceremonial structures, but also because of all what it meant for the development of our culture in different parts of our actual country.

The archeologists estimate a large settlement of people in this cloud forest area to the north-west of Quito, people that developed interesting cultural practices, such as trading, religion, ceremonies, agriculture, cult to the death, and maybe deep knowledge of the night sky.

They might have mooved out of the area with the arrival of the spanish conquistadores, and most securly, because of the most recent major volcanic eruption in the area: The 1660 A.D. (estimated) Pichincha Volcano eruption. This people might have mooved all the way across the interandean valley to the upper Napo river region, and setteled there escaping from the incapability of doing agriculture in their ash covered living area.

There is more to tell about them, and certainly plenty places related to the Yumbos, to visit in this area of Ecuador.

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Orchids: Also very beautiful in the cloud forest

Not so long ago I visited again the orchid farm near Cuenca. Simply amazing! As I love plants and flowers, and anything from that kingdom, I am always watching during the trips where to find native flowers, sometimes endemic too, that will show what is naturally beautiful outside of the greenhouse.


The small and steep Pahuma Private Cloud Forest Resrve has at its entrance many different species from orchids that depict what I am talking about, and in may varied shapes, colors and sizes. You need to be lucky too, to catch some of the orchids while flowering, and with nice light too, since the cloud forest is well known because of its... yeap, you guesed correctly: clouds.





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Owl or Butterfly?

It amazes me every time that I see how inteligent nature is. We are certainly one of the most perfect creatures from our world, but simpler animals, like this owl-eye-butterfly (Morpho from the other side), have managed to adapt and adopt a shape that will deceive any of its major predators: would I go for a fight with an Owl?

Once the wings are oppened, they show their splendor... by the way, very complex to photograph while flying.


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