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Neighboring Plant Nursery

Visiting the neighboring plant nursery…

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Posted by on August 10, 2017 in expat, photography, wildlife

 

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Sixty Days in La Paz – and I’m in love…

The Que√Īoa Tree, with its beautiful red bark, grows higher than any other tree in the world.

We’ve been at post for two months now. A lot has happened during this period, especially regarding our foreign service community, worldwide. We’ve got friends posted everywhere. We’ve got friends working back home. We’ve kept in contact, ensuring that all of us are well, safe, sane… We’re all, somehow, moving on with our lives. It’s our work, our lifestyle, our choice… And we’re proud of the choices we’ve made.

These past two months have been filled with cultural, linguistic, social adjustments for our family.¬†For the five of us. Our oldest son is an active first grader, and thrilled with the discoveries that the ability to read has brought him. We, as parents, are pleased and keep encouraging his success. Our middle daughter has a more intense social life than her parents do, often invited by her kindergarden peers¬†to play dates and birthday gatherings. And our baby girl, who’s approaching her second birthday, is simply enjoying life, chasing birds in the yard, having picnics on the grass with her mama, exercising her constantly learned Spanish skills

All in all, we’re fine. And as I stated earlier, I’m in love. I’m in love with this new, calm, high-altitude, slow-paced life. I’m in love with the possibility to spend more time with our kids, and to be more involved with their school, offering my help and skills to the American community.

And I’m in love with our yard, our Fall-colored plants (even though it’s Spring here!), the eco-projects I’ve been working on, and, most of all, I’m in love with our tree, the typical Andean Que√Īua (or Kenua) – the first thing I see in the morning, from our bedroom window. I wrote about it before [excerpt below], and, as a way to bring my mind back to good things, a strategy to temporarily forget about recent unhappy events, I decided to create a memory of this one natural feature, painting it on canvas. We still don’t have our HHE, nor my brushes, paints, but a simple problem that was easily solved. So, in order to honor my ‘newest love’, here it is, the recent creation, with a few other ‘creations of mine’… and I’m proud of all of them!¬†‚ô•

Cheers to building memories!

Feeling very proud of my ‘creations’, right now…

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[From original post about the Que√Īua Tree]

[Espa√Īol]¬†La¬†ke√Īua o que√Īoa de altura¬†(Polylepis tarapacana) es una¬†especie¬†de¬†planta con flor¬†de la¬†familia¬†de las¬†ros√°ceas¬†(Rosaceae). La especie se distribuye a lo largo de la Coordillera Andina desde¬†Per√ļ¬†hasta¬†Chile, incluyendo¬†Bolivia.

La especie se encuentra en floraci√≥n entre diciembre-enero y marzo-abril. Fructifica abundantemente, en racimos. Parte de las hojas y de las √ļltimas ramificaciones, cae durante el invierno; cuando el nuevo follaje est√° completamente desarrollado, se desprenden las hojas restantes.

La especie se distribuye en un rango elevacional entre 3900 hasta 4700¬†m, algunos individuos aislados pueden llegar hasta 5200¬†msnm en el¬†Parque Nacional Sajama.¬†Es conocida mundialmente porque en su distribuci√≥n la especie alcanza m√°s altitud que cualquier otro √°rbol en el mundo.¬†Que√Īoales¬†eres una comunidad vegetal en que es dominante la Que√Īoa (Polylepis¬†spp.), √°rbol caracter√≠stico del Altiplano.¬†Los troncos, de madera dura, son generalmente retorcidos, y est√°n cubiertos por una corteza exfoliante, formada por m√ļltiples l√°minas de color casta√Īo rojizo.

[English] Polylepis woodland is a distinctive, high-elevation Andean forest habitat that occurs above cloud level (3,500-5,000 m) as patches of woody vegetation surrounded by paramo (e.g., Festuca species) or puna (e.g., Ichu species) grass and shrub (e.g., Baccharis species) communities. These high-altitude woodlands tend to be relicts of a once-widespread habitat and comprise mainly evergreen trees of the genus Polylepis (Rosaceae) which are highly drought tolerant. The trunk and branches are laminated with brown-reddish bark that peels off in paper-like sheets as a protection against extremely low temperatures, and often have mosses and lichens growing on them.

‚ô• Learning something new everyday here! ūüėģ

 
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Posted by on September 29, 2012 in ART, BOLIVIA, expat, foreign service, photography

 

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Travel Theme: Foliage – Is it Spring or Fall over here?

Ailsa, from “Where’s my Backpack?” brought¬†this week’s suggestion: “It‚Äôs getting all autumnal up here in the northern hemisphere, while down in the southern hemisphere everyone‚Äôs looking forward to spring. Whichever hemisphere you inhabit, now is a fantastic time to get out and have a look at what the trees are doing. Whether they‚Äôre about to burst into life with fresh green growth, or starting to adorn themselves in their autumn glory; even if they‚Äôre still wearing their evergreen needles, it‚Äôs a wonderful time to go leaf peeping!”

For us, Spring just started. But we’re in La Paz, Bolivia, so, the colors, the textures, the feelings, very much bring us back to Autumn – what a fantastic experience! Sharing here, images from a local park in La Paz, from a road trip to Mecapaca or simply, a snapshot from my front yard. Enjoy!

 
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Posted by on September 28, 2012 in BOLIVIA, ecology, photography, post a day, TRAVEL

 

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Plant Nursery Photography: A visit to the ‘Vivero de Aranjuez’ in La Paz.

Detail, from a coffee plant

New country. New home. A brand new garden to work on! ‚ô•¬†And believe me: there’s a great deal of gardening to be done before our front yard gets to where we’d like it to be – full with native plants, adapted to the high altitude, able to endure the cold and dry weather, and yet, displaying colorful plants, flowers, and trees. Soon we’ll be sharing images of our newest project: The Miranda Garden! For now, my main responsibility is bringing it back to life, finding new seedlings for transplant, planting, and, with the help of our newly hired gardener, offer the yard a lot of TLC!

I’m a planner. I live by ‘lists’. Maybe I’m even a controller… hard to say… [my husband should be the one to address that!]. Anyway, my very first chore was a visit to one of the best-known plant nurseries in town: The Vivero de Aranjuez.

Over 180 different species of plants. Most of the workers are women, who take pride on what they do, and claim to understand more about plants than any man would…

Fuchsias, daisies, calla lilies, geranius, coffee plants, palm trees, gerberas… you name it! And I brought them all back home… gotta get the Project started!

Here are images from our visit (baby girl also came): Click on the image to see it blossom! Enjoy!‚ô•

 
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Posted by on September 2, 2012 in BOLIVIA, ecology, photography

 

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The Quenoa Tree (Polylepis spp.): higher than any other in the world, is part of our front yard!

The Que√Īoa Tree

This tree, with its beautiful red bark, grows higher than any other tree in the world.

And we get to enjoy this unique beauty every day… just walk out to the front yard!

What a fantastic find, for a Biologist like myself, having this beauty as part of our yard is no less than a blessing!

[Espa√Īol]¬†La¬†ke√Īua o que√Īoa de altura¬†(Polylepis tarapacana) es una¬†especie¬†de¬†planta con flor¬†de la¬†familia¬†de las¬†ros√°ceas¬†(Rosaceae). La especie se distribuye a lo largo de la Coordillera Andina desde¬†Per√ļ¬†hasta¬†Chile, incluyendo¬†Bolivia. [ref. Wikipedia]

Detail, tree trunk with ‘peeling layers’, a result from the cold weather (physiological adaptation response).

La especie se encuentra en floraci√≥n entre diciembre-enero y marzo-abril. Fructifica abundantemente, en racimos. Parte de las hojas y de las √ļltimas ramificaciones, cae durante el invierno; cuando el nuevo follaje est√° completamente desarrollado, se desprenden las hojas restantes.
La especie se distribuye en un rango elevacional entre 3900 hasta 4700¬†m, algunos individuos aislados pueden llegar hasta 5200¬†msnm en el¬†Parque Nacional Sajama.¬†Es conocida mundialmente porque en su distribuci√≥n la especie alcanza m√°s altitud que cualquier otro √°rbol en el mundo.¬†Que√Īoales¬†eres una comunidad vegetal en que es dominante la Que√Īoa (Polylepis¬†spp.), √°rbol caracter√≠stico del Altiplano.¬†Los troncos, de madera dura, son generalmente retorcidos, y est√°n cubiertos por una corteza exfoliante, formada por m√ļltiples l√°minas de color casta√Īo rojizo.

[English] Polylepis woodland is a distinctive, high-elevation Andean forest habitat that occurs above cloud level (3,500-5,000 m) as patches of woody vegetation surrounded by¬†paramo¬†(e.g., Festuca species) or¬†puna¬†(e.g., Ichu species) grass and shrub (e.g., Baccharis species) communities. These high-altitude woodlands tend to be relicts of a once-widespread habitat and comprise mainly evergreen trees of the genus Polylepis (Rosaceae) which are highly drought tolerant. The trunk and branches are laminated with brown-reddish bark that peels off in paper-like sheets as a protection against extremely low temperatures, and often have mosses and lichens growing on them.¬†‚ô• Learning something new everyday here! ūüėģ
the peeling trunk [detail]

 
 

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