Kiwis In The Mist

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Misty Mountains

During a visit to Carlos, one of our friends in the Ecuadorian capital of Quito, he suggested that we visit his parents who were managing a large hacienda, north of Quito near a place called Calacali. The country just north of Quito is quite forbidding, dry, windy and dusty. The sparse vegetation struggles to gain a hold on the steep-sided gorges and washouts in this badly eroded land. This arid area can only support plants such as yuccas and bromeliads which somehow find a foothold on the slopes while on more even ground the ever present Faique (Acacia macracantha) grows. These rather dry looking trees are the only plants that can survive the onslaught of roaming goats, the forbidding spines on the trunks even discourage these destructive animals. Here and there small Indian farmhouses can be seen, the adobe walls and dust covered roofs the same colour as the dismal landscape beyond.

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