Weird mossy patch in the Antiplano

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© Michel González Brun
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  • Weird mossy patch in the Antiplano

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The weird mossy patch is actually called a Yareta (Llarota in Spanish). It is a tiny flowering plant in the family Apiaceae native to South America, occurring in the Puna grasslands of the Andes in Peru, Bolivia, the north of Chile and the west of Argentina at between 3200 and 4500 metres altitude, this was taken in Bolivia's Antiplano. The plant grows in a very compact way in order to reduce heat losses and very close to ground level where air temperature is one or two degrees Celsius higher than the mean air temperature, this is due to the longwave radiation re-radiated by the soil. The plant grows at a rate of approximately one millimeter per year. Many yaretas are over 3,000 years old.

28 responses

  • Steven Maguire

    Steven Maguire gave props (7 Jan 2009):

    Splendid Work!! Great image!!

  • Kayla Shulka

    Kayla Shulka gave props (7 Jan 2009):

    Awesome colors! Love this one.

  • Jose Antonio González

    Jose Antonio González gave props (7 Jan 2009):

    Great shot!

  • eithne mythen

    eithne mythen gave props (7 Jan 2009):

    Beautiful shot..but my word what is the weird mossy bit!!

  • Diane Sangalang

    Diane Sangalang (Deleted) gave props (12 Jan 2009):

    This is crazy cool!

  • Yokasta Rodriguez

    Yokasta Rodriguez said (30 Jan 2009):

    Me encanta tu fotografía!

  • Alexandru Iedu

    Alexandru Iedu gave props (1 Feb 2009):

    BEAUTIFUL +++ Greetings from Romania, Alexandru

  • francesco scipioni

    francesco scipioni gave props (3 Feb 2009):

    great compo!

  • Lêda Nardelli

    Lêda Nardelli gave props (9 Feb 2009):

    surreal...

  • Josie Mackerras

    Josie Mackerras gave props (10 Feb 2009):

    amazing!!!

  • Ron LaFond

    Ron LaFond   gave props (10 Feb 2009):

    Wow! It stirs my imagination. I've wanted to go there for quite some time now. It seems like such a magical place. Beautiful shot, Michel. A favorite. R

  • Nicoler Bowlers

    Nicoler Bowlers said (16 Feb 2009):

    this looks to beautiful to be true

  • corey

    corey said (28 Feb 2009):

    looks like another planet. nice range of earth tones you've captured here. i have a sweater similar to the color of that moss.

  • Candace Porth

    Candace Porth gave props (4 Apr 2009):

    Interesting landscape, lovely!

  • Eric Nattawut MatLue

    Eric Nattawut MatLue gave props (7 Apr 2009):

    GREAT shot!

  • Karen Zimmerman

    Karen Zimmerman gave props (8 Apr 2009):

    Fantastic! Lovely POV....

  • claudia luthi

    claudia luthi gave props (26 Apr 2009):

    maravillosa!

  • Danica Markovic

    Danica Markovic gave props (29 Apr 2009):

    lovely image. it really stands out from the rest

  • Kathleen DesHotel

    Kathleen DesHotel   gave props (1 May 2009):

    So beautiful that it looks unreal! Wow!

  • Chelsea Rising

    Chelsea Rising gave props (4 May 2009):

    Gorgeous.

  • Amber Gregory

    Amber Gregory gave props (8 May 2009):

    GORGEOUS!

  • patrick john o'doherty

    patrick john o'doherty   said (7 Jul 2009):

    love it

  • Catherine Hadler

    Catherine Hadler gave props (30 Dec 2009):

    fascinating!

  • Mary DeSalvo

    Mary DeSalvo said (30 Dec 2009):

    The color composition of your photograph is very artistic...good eye!!

  • Julie V McKinney

    Julie V McKinney gave props (21 Mar 2010):

    Wow this is amazingggggggggggg

  • jaume Morera Barreda

    jaume Morera Barreda   said (25 Nov 2010):

    Excellent photo!!!!!!

  • Jarod Rawsthorne

    Jarod Rawsthorne said (21 Jan 2011):

    I think you mean "Altiplano" meaning high plane.

  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins   gave props (29 Mar 2011):

    nice photo.moss is so unusual.

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