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Some palms and other scenes on the Road


amazondk

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I drove over to Itacoatiara, 260 kms by road down the Amazon River for a meeting today.  On the way I took a few shots of palms and other sites along the road.  I hope you enjoy a little look around Amazonas again.

Cocos nucifera plantation.  Manaus is a large consumer of coconuts and more and more are being planted along the road.   There is a Astrocaryum vulgare in the forground.

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The day was hot as normal this time of year.  I had lunch on a restaurant on the Amazon River.  At this point the river is around 100 meters in many places and ocean going vessels sail with no trouble.  This is the low water season as you can tell by the visible channel.

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This is the start of the road out of town back to Manaus.  Itacoatriara is the second largest town in Amazonas with about 100,000 inhabitants.  The vegetation is typical of areas of the varzea and I believe there are a few Batris in the foreground

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Don Kittelson

 

LIFE ON THE RIO NEGRO

03° 06' 07'' South 60° 01' 30'' West

Altitude 92 Meters / 308 feet above sea level

1,500 kms / 932 miles to the mouth of the Amazon River

 

Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil - A Cidade da Floresta

Where the world´s largest Tropical Rainforest embraces the Greatest Rivers in the World. .

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Some additional shots from the drive home.  It is a 3 hour trip and I left town about 4 PM back to Manaus.  The light was good and it was a pleasant trip.   That is until I got in a thunderstorm near Manaus.  But, it did not last long.  Another day at the office.

A M. Flexuosa and I believe a Mauritiella armata a few of my favorite palms.  I guess you could say I am sort of a M. flexuosa specialist, at least as far as taking pictures goes.  It is one of the most common palms in the area, and I believe one of the most beautiful.

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A M. Armata in the same area.  I really like this palm.

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A swimming hole along the road.

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As it gets dark fog starts forming in the tree tops in the forest.  At times it makes driving difficult.  This shot overlooks some nice Attalea speciosa in the foreground.  It had rained shortly before and the frogs were making a racket.  

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Don Kittelson

 

LIFE ON THE RIO NEGRO

03° 06' 07'' South 60° 01' 30'' West

Altitude 92 Meters / 308 feet above sea level

1,500 kms / 932 miles to the mouth of the Amazon River

 

Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil - A Cidade da Floresta

Where the world´s largest Tropical Rainforest embraces the Greatest Rivers in the World. .

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Click here to visit Amazonas

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wow awesome photos! Are swimming holes safe there or do you have to watch out for Caimans and Pirhanas? Its so cool seeing your photos though!

I'm always up for learning new things!

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Excellent photos. Your M. flexuosa photos are always surreal.

Christian Faulkner

Venice, Florida - South Sarasota County.

www.faulknerspalms.com

 

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Thanks Don. I always know I'm in for a treat when I see one of your posts listed.

Gileno mentioned this in another thread. It is amazing how many pics from exotic palm places have been posted just in the last several days. And the quality of the photography has been excellent. I'm feeling very well traveled and I didn't spend a cent.

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Don,

Yes, definitely great photos! And including non-palm photos is always of interest since it gives us a better idea what a place really looks like.

Thanks!

Bo-Göran

Leilani Estates, 25 mls/40 km south of Hilo, Big Island of Hawai'i. Elevation 880 ft/270 m. Average rainfall 140 inches/3550 mm

 

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Hello Don

I love palm from South America especially Attalea and your photo is amazing, it's describe how Amazonia rainforest are, that's the first time I've seen. Thanks for sharing.

Komkrit Yensirikul

Bangkok, Thailand /17C to 40C Avg32C /rain 4 months a year.

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Don, let me also say how much I enjoy your travel log posts from your beautiful part of the world.  Yeah do include an occasional non palm pic including the local people, etc.

Hawaii Island (Big Island), leeward coast, 19 degrees N. latitude, south Kona mauka at approx. 380m (1,250 ft.) and about 1.6 km (1-mile) upslope from ocean.

 

No record of a hurricane passing over this island (yet!).  

Summer maximum rainfall - variable averaging 900-1150mm (35-45") - Perfect drainage on black volcanic rocky soil.  

Nice sunsets!

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The pictures show a true tropical paradise.  The photo of the M. armata is beautiful.  The palm is stunning, and what a wonderful effect - the trunks of the palms in the background seeming to flow into their reflections in the water.

St. Pete

Zone - a wacked-out place between 9b & 10

Elevation = 44' - not that it does any good

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(amazondk @ Oct. 25 2006,22:28)

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If we had a content for the best photo this one would be a serious candidate for the best palm photo of 2006. The picture is excellent: composition, colours, species present, water reflection (let alone the seeds which somehow intensify the attention you pay to this piece of art). Keep 'em coming Don.

Cheers, Jan

N48° 19'12.42", E18°06'50.15"

continental climate somewhat moderated by the influence of the mediterranean sea, atlantic ocean and north sea water masses but still prone to arctic blasts from the east as well as hot and dry summers. pushing the limits is exciting.

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Thanks everyone.  I have been meaning to take some pictures of the trip over to Itacoatiara.  My two American partners live there and I have to go frequently.  It is not a bad trip.  The road is not the best, but at least they have gotten most of the pot holes fixed and the scenery is nice.  As you can see the topography of the this side of the Amazon River, the north side is quite hilly.  The shot of the Attaleas just sort of came up.  It was starting to get dark and on this part of the trip the road is up high on a ridge.  The forest fog started to appear and the road was wet from a recent rain squal.  When I looked over and saw the scene to my right I had to stop.  I pulled the car over, turned it off, and rested the camera up against the car to get it steady.  The light was pretty dim already.  I was really quite pleased with the outcome.  As I mentioned I think this is the end of the dry season.  You don't see it much in the photos but the vegetation is pretty stressed from the lack of rain.  If you look at the bottom leaves on the coconuts you can see that a lot have turned brown.  The rains normally start around the first of November, so things should green up more soon.  

Kyle - no problem with caimans or piranhas in this type of water.  In fact for the most part piranhas are never a problem.  Humans are not on their food chain.  The worst I have heard of around here is a small bite by one.  There are I believe 23 varieties of piranhas, and the only one that could be dangerous is the red bellied one, called the piranha caju (cashew) around here.  In some places caimans are starting to become a problem.  Due to lack of hunting they have had population explosions in certain areas and are creating problems for fishermen.  

I agree that it is nice to travel the world on this forum.  Trees and beautiful places go together.  I am driving up north next week probably, to Boa Vista.  I posted some pictures from there a while ago.  It is about 900 kms by car.  I will take a few shots to document the trip.

dk

Don Kittelson

 

LIFE ON THE RIO NEGRO

03° 06' 07'' South 60° 01' 30'' West

Altitude 92 Meters / 308 feet above sea level

1,500 kms / 932 miles to the mouth of the Amazon River

 

Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil - A Cidade da Floresta

Where the world´s largest Tropical Rainforest embraces the Greatest Rivers in the World. .

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Click here to visit Amazonas

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Thanks Jan,

I don't know how many times I have driven by this particular spot and never stopped.  When I saw the Buriti with the seeds and the background I could not resist.  It was also at the exact right time of the day as the sun was starting to get low in the sky, 430 PM, and their were more shadows and golden color to the light.  One of my goals for the day was to take some pictures to post.  The trip over the light was too strong, so I left the pictures for the trip back.  

dk

Don Kittelson

 

LIFE ON THE RIO NEGRO

03° 06' 07'' South 60° 01' 30'' West

Altitude 92 Meters / 308 feet above sea level

1,500 kms / 932 miles to the mouth of the Amazon River

 

Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil - A Cidade da Floresta

Where the world´s largest Tropical Rainforest embraces the Greatest Rivers in the World. .

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Click here to visit Amazonas

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Don,

     Wow, amazing photos of such a diverse place. Wish I could be there eating my rice and beans and collecting a few seeds. Also, it's nice to see some other pics. of the surrounding areas other than palms in them. Thanks!

  JEFF

Searle Brothers Nursery Inc.

and The Rainforest Collection.

Southwest Ranches,Fl.

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Jeff,

I hope you can stop by sometime.  Yesterday the fish lunch, tambaqui was quite good.

dk

Don Kittelson

 

LIFE ON THE RIO NEGRO

03° 06' 07'' South 60° 01' 30'' West

Altitude 92 Meters / 308 feet above sea level

1,500 kms / 932 miles to the mouth of the Amazon River

 

Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil - A Cidade da Floresta

Where the world´s largest Tropical Rainforest embraces the Greatest Rivers in the World. .

82331.gif

 

Click here to visit Amazonas

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ALways a pleasure seeing your pictures.

I agree with Jan, that's a great shot as well as the one that followed it.

Jupiter FL

in the Zone formally known as 10A

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DK,

The pictures are great, but they do make me jealous considering Cincinnati has been stuck in the low 50's and high 40's for almost 2 weeks now.

Keep on posting, since every one of your picture threads are great.

Jake

Cincinnati, Ohio USA & Mindo, Ecuador

 

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Jake,

I guess you have to just think warm and green.  I hope some of my images help.

dk

Don Kittelson

 

LIFE ON THE RIO NEGRO

03° 06' 07'' South 60° 01' 30'' West

Altitude 92 Meters / 308 feet above sea level

1,500 kms / 932 miles to the mouth of the Amazon River

 

Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil - A Cidade da Floresta

Where the world´s largest Tropical Rainforest embraces the Greatest Rivers in the World. .

82331.gif

 

Click here to visit Amazonas

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Zac,

The Mauritiella is called Buritirana.  Trees with the rana on the end mean those that look like.  For example the Brazil nut is called Castanha and there is a similar tree although different called castanharana, there is another called Piquia and another called piquiarana.  I believe that this comes more than likely from the Tupi linguistic tree.  

dk

Don Kittelson

 

LIFE ON THE RIO NEGRO

03° 06' 07'' South 60° 01' 30'' West

Altitude 92 Meters / 308 feet above sea level

1,500 kms / 932 miles to the mouth of the Amazon River

 

Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil - A Cidade da Floresta

Where the world´s largest Tropical Rainforest embraces the Greatest Rivers in the World. .

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Click here to visit Amazonas

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Thanks for that Don. I also forgot that the -ito is a spanish thing and duh, Brasilians speak Portuguese. I was thinking about things like Coquitos, "little coconuts."

Zac

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Living to get back to Mexico

International Palm Society member since 2007

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Don:

What can I say?

Those pics are awesome, I suspect you get tired of hearing it.

Hmm.  What do you have to do to go on vacation in Amazonas, money, etc?

Seriously!

dave

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Dear Amazon DK  :)

the stills are terrefic and U never fail to amaze

me.

I have a question for U.it is often quoted in texts,

t.v documentries that the main amazon river is so

broad that a person standing on one side of the river

bank cannot see the other side of the bank.

so it would appear as a person standing in front

of a Sea.

Is it true ? if so iam thrilled by HIS Creation.

Love,

Kris.

love conquers all..

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Kris,

The picture above is of the main channel of the Amazon.  I believe at it's widest point the river is 60 kms across.  But, that is a long way from here.  Aside from the main river channel there are side channels all over making the expanse of water flowing toward the Atlantic very wide.  I think that at it the rivers narrowest point it is 3 kms across.  It is also important to note that this is regarding the Brazilian definition of the Amazon River.  Here the river starts in Manaus where the Solimões River (known elswhere as the Amazon) meets the Negro River at Manaus.

Dave,

Do you mean if you came on vacation what would it cost and what is there to do?  As to the cost the dollar is a bit undervalued right now.  But, things are still cheaper than the States.  A meal the better restaurants in town runs about 25 dollars per person.  A night at the Tropical Business Hotel on the Negro River runs around 125 dollars.  As to what to do there are a lot of different tours to go on and there are hotels in the forest, jungle resorts, that you can stay at.  And, I could always take you out to see palms in the forest.

dk

Don Kittelson

 

LIFE ON THE RIO NEGRO

03° 06' 07'' South 60° 01' 30'' West

Altitude 92 Meters / 308 feet above sea level

1,500 kms / 932 miles to the mouth of the Amazon River

 

Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil - A Cidade da Floresta

Where the world´s largest Tropical Rainforest embraces the Greatest Rivers in the World. .

82331.gif

 

Click here to visit Amazonas

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Great photos Don,

I just got back from the post Biennial Trip to Amazonas.  

We took a river boat 10 days up the Rio Negro and tributaries.

I saw 56 species of palms will post some photos ( I took 1500 in 10 days) as I go through them -- as ithey

were taken in very low lite (understory Geonomas etc)

Your photos certainly portray  the surreal nature of the rain forest.  You actually see clouds in the low pockets of  forest.   We saw this on through out the trip.bank.

Best regards,

Ed Brown

Edwin Brown III

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Great photos, even the few old/dead leaves on the Atteleas look great and add some nice colour.

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Ed,

I can't wait to see some of your pictures.  I love the Rio Negro, I guess that is one of the reasons I live on it.  Did you stop at Praia Grande just north of the Ariau River. I have had some great moments there.  I still have a lot to learn about the forest and its palms

dk

Don Kittelson

 

LIFE ON THE RIO NEGRO

03° 06' 07'' South 60° 01' 30'' West

Altitude 92 Meters / 308 feet above sea level

1,500 kms / 932 miles to the mouth of the Amazon River

 

Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil - A Cidade da Floresta

Where the world´s largest Tropical Rainforest embraces the Greatest Rivers in the World. .

82331.gif

 

Click here to visit Amazonas

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Those wonderful pictures really make me quite excited, 56 days and counting to my return when I get to spend 18 days in my favourite country.

Hopefully I can find time to meet my good friend Alberto as well.

Resident in Bristol UK.

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Those are some tall E. precatoria trees.  Could you imagine climbing up one to cut the fruit?  I think that this is one of the prettiest palms around here.

dk

Don Kittelson

 

LIFE ON THE RIO NEGRO

03° 06' 07'' South 60° 01' 30'' West

Altitude 92 Meters / 308 feet above sea level

1,500 kms / 932 miles to the mouth of the Amazon River

 

Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil - A Cidade da Floresta

Where the world´s largest Tropical Rainforest embraces the Greatest Rivers in the World. .

82331.gif

 

Click here to visit Amazonas

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