Draw cute spiders to cure arachnophobia!
(I am listening to Episode 235 of No Such Thing As A Fish: No Such Thing As Trousers For Spiders)
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First, some more birds. I think I’ve id’d them correctly.
And then: spot the Viscacha
(s)! They are kind of dead centre.
An unlikely encounter:
hang out somewhere else. They are special (to me of course) because they are relatively closely related to elephants and seacows.
And here’s a (not) silly (giant)coot:
Lastly: A huge rock that resembles an eagle head:
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The flamingoes eat brine shrimp
salina) which contain carotenoids that turn them pink.
Fox petroglyph on left, flamingo on right.
Two baby foxes! I think they were South American grey foxes. Another one was killed by a tourist’s car.
. On the first drive-by they had their heads and feet tucked away and were sleeping on their little raised mounds, the water still frozen. On the second pass they were foraging and big-stepping.
: they prey on the flamingo’s eggs. Also on your early-morning breakfast if you don’t watch out.
Salt lake lizard
! We made some meaningful eye-contact. There were many, in all sizes.
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: Highest, third largest collection of geysers in the world! A most excellent spot for an early-morning cup of espresso. Sadly, I saw no frogs, snails, or tardigrades. I did see some leaping, long-tailed viscachas
scampering on the rocks nearby, as well as Chilean geese and giant coots in some frozen ponds as we descended. A flock of fat flamingoes were gathered on the opposite shore, still perfecting their mating dances.
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shrub smells heavenly. It is used to flavour many drinks, like in a variation of Pisco sour, or in food.
This one grows in the Valle Arcoiris (Rainbow Valley)
Some cacti (now getting fewer, as they are over-exploited):
And, of course, llamas
! A human-created domestic animal.
Nearby is a petroglyph site (Yerbas Buenas) I especially liked the cat – maybe a Leopardus colocolo
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