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ambience: Chiloé's cypress forest
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Publish-date-icon June 10, 2011
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Three lovely scientists from Spain and Portugal invited me along to help them survey a forest in Chiloé, Chile. They were interested in studying a rare cypress (Pilgerodendron uviferum, officially Vulnerable). This species is a pioneer species, which means that it is one of the first trees to grow quickly in a disturbed area (in this case, there had been a fire in the forest some years ago). The second picture shows some old cypress killed by the fire and bleached by the sun.

The soundtrack was our soundtrack for days—the incessant humming of flies that are locally called tábanos. They bite! They come out en masse in the summer. There are large black ones that like the sun and don’t hurt as much, but in the forest we met the small grey ones that give quite the bite.

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