Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Unusual Utopia

Umm umm umm... we're on week 21 of the current round of Alphabe-Thursday, meaning we're on the very useful letter U. We (that would be you and I) have spent the past 20 weeks checking out the beauties of Chilean Patagonia, minus a one week detour to Utah (maybe I should have waited until this week for that little diversion). Our little tour has covered much of the wonderful landscape in the fall, since that's when we were there. Fully embroiled in the N. American autumn now, I thought it would be fun to switch seasons and show you the unbelievable colors of spring (from an earlier trip) in the unusual utopia that is found in the far southern reaches of Chilean Patagonia.

So, once again, sit back and enjoy the view.

Ubiquitous Chochos...one of the signature flowers of the region...known to the rest of the world as lupine. In spring, the fields and meadows burst with color...everything from palest white to deep indigo blue.




Nalca plant...this prehistoric-looking wild rhubarb grows everywhere and people can be seen picking it on the road sides. The leaves are enormous, sometimes spanning more than 9 ft/3 meters across. 









































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20 comments:

Leovi said...

That beautiful, beautiful photos with these delicious flowers, I like the colors and those beautiful landscapes. A greeting.

Dominique@Dominique's Desk said...

Really unusual looks plants you have there. They are very pretty. Lovely colours and breathtaking landscape.

jfb57 said...

We're just moving into winter here so the garden is losing it's colour. Thank you for sharing yours!

Lola said...

Hi again!

Great post –terrific shots as always. Such unusual-looking plants!

Hope you’re having a great week and look forward to seeing you again next time!

Visiting from Alphabe-Thursday

Cathy Kennedy said...

All of your photos are gorgeous, but there are several which I just LOVE! What a fantastic place to capture such beautiful shots!

Come check out my Alphabe-Thursday 'U' post entitled, Our Universe.

ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

Wonderful photography and great post for 'U' ~ Love lupine and animal photos! ~ (A Creative Harbor)

Thanks for coming by and commenting ^_^

Along These Lines ..... said...

Great collection of photos.

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

The purple flowers nearly took my breath away!

VBR said...

Oh, just when I think your photos can't get any prettier than the last ones I looked at, I come back and see the newest ones and in total awe!!
I sure hope there is a book in there somewhere, because these photos need to be shared!

RANU CHAKRABORTY said...

All of the pics are so beautiful!!! Though I wish you'd enlarge all of them. I almost got lost between the flowers. Awesomely pretty!!!

Claudia Willison said...

Beautiful nature and close-up shots!

EG CameraGirl said...

Patagonia is extremely gorgeous! Wish I could be there myself. :)

Naperville Now said...

stunning photographs -- always look forward to your posts.

lissa said...

great pics, I doubt I would see such exotic plants in new york, thanks for sharing.

hope you have a great day.

Cheryl D. said...

Very gorgeous photos of Patagonia.

Pondside said...

One of the greatest pleasures of travel is seeing the indigenous plant life - some of those flowers really are nearly pre-historic looking!

Vern said...

Fantastic! So beautiful.

Splendid Little Stars said...

rich, gorgeous photos! Your images sing and dance!

Mumsy said...

Oh I love love your "Unusual Utopia" post with gorgeous lupine flowers. All of your photos are stunning, especially when enlarged.

Jenny said...

Are chochos lupine?

They are gorgeous.

Those colors are just unbelievable.

As is this incredible landscape!

I love these pictures.

They take my breath away.

In a good way!

Thank you!

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