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The Road To Serra Bonita


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I flew up to Boa Vista, Roraima on Monday on business.  I have been making this trip a lot lately either by car or plane.  The hour plane flight takes you across the equator and into another climate and vegetation zone.  The area around Boa Vista (2.85 North Lattitude) is savana vegetation called Campos Lavrados.  The mountains nearby are in a transition zone from this drier land to the Amazonian forest in all directions. On Tuesday  I was at a town 40 kms from Boa Vista where some of our suppliers have operations and took advantage of the late afternoon sun to explore the area.  Here on the equator the sun always goes down around 6 PM and the twilight time is short.  But, the late afternoon hours can be stunning as the light gets long.  Especially when out in such a beautiful place.  I spent about an hour and a half on the little photo jaunt and it was a great time to just be alone with nature in such a place.  Here are a few shots that I hope you enjoy.

Arriving in Boa Vista on a TAM A320.  The flight was nearly 4 hours late so the picture was taken around 5 PM.  The river below is the Branco River.  The sand bars are common during the dry season.

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The moutains in the background is where Serra Bonita is.  The foreground shows the savanna land of the Campos Lavrados.

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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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The trip in my rent a car was mostly on dirt roads.  But, they were not in bad condition.

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A ranch house along the road.

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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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Maurita flexuosa is very common in the low ground of the area.  The mountains of Serra Bonita are beyond.

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More Mauritias - one othe symbols of Amazonia.

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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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I found this thorny Bactris growing in the area.  I don't know the variety though.  

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They had yellow fruits.  I took a few to see if I could get them to germinate.

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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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The Mauritiella armata also grows commonly with the Mauritia.

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More Mauritias

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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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An orchid on a Mauritia

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A mixture of palms looking toward some of the hills.

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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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Another ranch house.

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Hi tech equiped country house.

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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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Don,

Those Mauritia flexuosa stands are wonderful! I'm really curious about the few Mauritiella armata - they all seem to be single trunked!? All the ones I have (and I have quite a few!) have multiple stems, and that's an understatement!! Are the ones in your photo above an exception, or...??

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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Some local fauna.

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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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Attalea maripas against the sun.

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An A. maripa in bloom.

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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. .

82331.gif

 

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More cows and palms

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Rocks, palms and pasture.

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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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A fish farm

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I think these are Astrocaryum jauari palms.  If not they are a close relative.  And, it was a beautiful place to be.

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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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Bo,

Are you referring to the Mauritiella armata on post number 5.  The tree in this picture has multiple trunks.  Most of them do.  Although you do see some with only one trunk, but they are the exception.

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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Don,

Yes, the first photo in Post #5. Looks like 3 separate individuals. The ones I have have one or two main stems and then a whole bunch of thinner, smaller, stems so each plant is just a massive clump with (at least) dozens of stems of various sizes.

And great pictures, BTW!

Bo-Göran

And on a completely unrelated note, I just received a press release that GOL is buying VRG Linhas Aereas (the "new" VARIG).

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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Bo,

Regarding Varig, yes it looks like that is what is happening.  I think it is 360 million USD or something like that.  All the liablities were left with the old Varig so they are buying a debit free carrier.  Varig now is operating with only 18 aircraft.  But, they still have some interesting routes.

As to the pictures I had a great time taking them the other day.  It was just one of those special afternoons where the light and the place made you feel good.  I am always impressed how big and how beautiful Amazonia is.  It is pretty hard to describe unless you have been 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. .

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dk we are SO lucky to have your input!keep it up!

the "prince of snarkness."

 

still "warning-free."

 

san diego,california,left coast.

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Thanks Paul I am glad you enjoy my little glimpses of the place where I spend my time.  While I was driving around today out in the country I couldn't help thinking how lucky I am to be able to be out in nature in such a beautiful place.  Everything we do has it's good and bad side.  The great thing is that a large part of what I do daily is on the good side.  And, a lot of things I have learned about palms and plants have helped me enjoy the place more.  Palms are a very big part of the landscape in Amazonia and knowing more about them makes life more enjoyable.

Thanks again. 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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(pohonkelapa @ Mar. 29 2007,00:17)

QUOTE
dk we are SO lucky to have your input!keep it up!

I must agree with Paul wholeheartedly , I always look at Dons postings , and dream that my place will look like some of the pics he posts  :;):

Thanks Don

Michael in palm paradise,

Tully, wet tropics in Australia, over 4 meters of rain every year.

Home of the Golden Gumboot, its over 8m high , our record annual rainfall.

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Michael,

Thanks I am glad you enjoy the pictures.  Nature's designs are really the best landscaping as far as I am concerned.  I hope the natural landscape in our area may give you some ideas to project down there.

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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Don,

More great photos.  As always, thanks for posting these.  I would love to visit someday soon.  We still have a fishing excursion to plan.

Ray

Tampa, Interbay Peninsula, Florida, USA

subtropical USDA Zone 10A

Bokeelia, Pine Island, Florida, USA

subtropical USDA Zone 10B

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Ray,

Around September or October is a good time to come here and catch peacock bass in the river.  The area around were we have some land produces peacocks up to 20 pounds.  That is if you re so lucky.  Even a 5 pound peacock is an adventure.  That is also a good time as there are lots of beaches on the river.  I would love to have you down for a little adventure in the jungle.

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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wow.  Thank you for the excursion.  If you have more photos, please post.   I love seeing the world through the eyes of a palm person.

C from NC

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Bone dry summers, wet winters, 2-3 days ea. winter in low teens.

Siler City, NC

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Beautiful - you are lucky to be in such an interesting and naturally beautiful part of the tropical world.  And as an added bonus there are palms almost everywhere!  Thanks for posting any and all photos u take while traveling around - luv them all:  the palms, people, landscapes, fauna, rivers, fruits (food), etc.   Keep sharing, OK.  We do appreciate it all very much.

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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Thanks everyone.  I am glad you enjoy the scenes of palms and the country in this part of the world.  It is a real palmy place.

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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Dear Don _ My friend  :)

Lovely stills,beautiful location & tranquil scenes.

now doubt you have an eye for beauty  :) i think

you get my point loud & clear..

it is also clear that you travel a lot_thanks for those stills.

i felt as thought i was in there !  :)

Thanks & Love,

Kris  :)

love conquers all..

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Don - Thanks for sharing such wonderful views that so many of us would never get a chance to see. You are very fortunate. Thanks!

Scott

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San Fernando Valley, California

Sunset Climate Zone 18

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Kris and Scott,

Thanks.  I am glad you liked the pictures of the place.  It was so pretty that afternoon that I really wanted to take a few pictures to share with people.  This area is a part of Amazonia that many people never think of when they imagine what the place looks like.  One of the things I hope to do this year is get up to the mountains on the Venezuelan border.  I am sure that there are some real incredible places there.

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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Don the Tepuis are the real 'Lost World'

So many alien plants endemic there its not funny  :D

Seen a few articles about the various carnivorous plants from there , like Heliamphora .

:P Can't wait for your pictures .

Michael in palm paradise,

Tully, wet tropics in Australia, over 4 meters of rain every year.

Home of the Golden Gumboot, its over 8m high , our record annual rainfall.

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Don, all those pictures are beautiful but that last one is absolutely stunning. I want to be the first to nominate it for the next photo contest I will call it "Astrocaryum jauari or a close relative" <----original huh? :)

David Simms zone 9a on Highway 30a

200 steps from the Gulf in NW Florida

30 ft. elevation and sandy soil

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Thanks Dave.  I really like that photo as well.  It was just the right time of the day with just the right light and shadow in a great place.

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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