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Tolkien's world: between pixies and Ents
Patagonian groves. This region, located right above the Antartic Polar Circle, is subject to a harsh climate, with extreme temperature variations, strong winds, snow, ice and rain. These conditions act as an ecological filter for the plant species to stablish there. Unlike the tropical region, just a few tree species can be found, and the “lengas” (Nothofagus pumilio) and the “ñires” (Nothofagus antarctica) compose the majority of the vegetation. During the summer, with more pleasant teperatures, they are greenish, but with the arrival of autumn the temperature drops. In this period the only alternative to the plants is to leave their leaves, which then turn into beautiful shades of orange, yellow and red. In the winter the groves and velds of Patagônia are covered by snow and most of the plants loose completely their leaves.
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||Nov. 23, 2017, 9 a.m.
||Canon EOS 50D