|Wind-shaped Magellanic Beech Nothofagus betuloides, on the shores of the channel.|
|The beginning - or end, depending on your perspective - of the Andes, across the Beagle Channel|
from Tierra del Fuego National Park.
|Looking through the Magellanic Beech to the Beagle Channel and the Andes beyond.|
This is a very beautiful place (and no, it's not always sunny!)
|The understorey is quite open; here there are mosses, ferns and saplings of Canelo (see below).|
In these Gondwanan relics, you could easily be in Tasmania or New Zealand - and of course
they once all formed part of the same temperate rainforests.
|Old beeches growing over mossy boulders.|
|Ancient beech bases, draped in mosses, with Fishbone Ferns Blechnum penna-marina |
and Canelo seedlings.
|Dog Orchid Codonorchis lessonii, above and below.|
This is a very common Patagonian orchid, supposedly named for its scent, though I've not noticed it!
|Holly-leafed Barberry Berberis ilicifolia Family Berberidaceae, is one of many barberries found in Patagonia.|
The berries of many are used for jams and liqueurs.
|Rainberry Rubus geoides, Family Rosaceae.|
|The Southern Giant Petrels Macronectes giganteus in Zarathiegui Bay, above and below, were as |
numerous as I've ever seen them anywhere.
|The South American 'geese' that dominate many Patagonian landscapes are actually closer to the shelducks.|
These Ashy-headed Geese Chloephaga poliocephala are among the most striking of them.
|Dark-bellied Cinclodes Cinclodes patagonicus, a common funariid.|
|Tufted Tit-tyrant Anairetes parulus, a tyrant flycatcher which, unlike the cinclodes,|
is found along the entire 7000km of western South America.
|Beaver lodge (no longer occupied) with drowned trees, Tierra del Fuego National Park.|
|Weevil, Lago Roca. We were told that local people had regarded it as sacred, but I can't find any information on that.|