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READER PHOTOS! Kielian’s visit to Ecuador, Day 2

Another hacienda in Lasso boasted lovely combinations.
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Kielian DeWitt

Day 2 of Kielian DeWitt’s gogeous photos from her recent trip to Ecuador. If you missed yesterday’s post, here’s what she had to say: “I was entranced by the variety and colors of the flowers and produce in Ecuador during my recent trip there. Traveling from Quito at 9400 feet up to 16,000 ft (climbing part way up the Cotopaxi Volcano), back down to Cuenca at about 8300 ft and finally hitting sea level on the coast in Esmerelda, I saw some fascinating plant combinations. Unfortunately, I don’t know many of their names, but despite my lack of knowledge, I wanted to share some photos with you.

An idyllic duck pond.
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Kielian DeWitt

“The cool humidity and moderate temperatures at the higher elevations in this equatorial country remain a comfortable 70-75 degrees year-round. Night time temps require a fire in your room (not many hotels were heated, but those that weren’t boasted fine fireplaces).” That fruit. That FRUIT!! Sigh. Thanks, Kielian, for this tour of the sights. Heavenly.

Front of a house in Riobamba.
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Kielian DeWitt
A delightful combination of flowers in a gorgeous pot.
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Kielian DeWitt
Even the llamas are surrounded by beauty.
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Kielian DeWitt
Outside of the horse barn. Red hot pokers line the yard.
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Kielian DeWitt
A delightful balcony in Cuenca.
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Kielian DeWitt
Ahhh the delectable fruit. Delicious produce at the Saturday market
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Kielian DeWitt
A view from the top of the market.
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Look at those huge, red tomatoes.
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Kielian DeWitt
Strawberries and grapes in a wheelbarrow sold on the streets.
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Kielian DeWitt
Quito produce sold on the street corners.
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Kielian DeWitt

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    meander_michaele 09/18/2012

    Gee, I wonder why I'm feeling like going healthy and having oatmeal and fruit for breakfast?! Actually, that's what I have every morning but I think I'll go heavier than usual on the strawberries and blueberries.
    The duck pond is magical and the contorted branches of the aged tree in the background are perfect.
    Looks like you had a wonderful trip, Kielian. Thanks for sharing snippets of it with us.

  2. pattyspencer 09/18/2012

    I'm amazed at the variety of fruits and veggies that are shown. If it's 70-75 degrees year round does that mean that all that produce is available year round? Great pics!!!

  3. tractor1 09/18/2012

    An amazing produce market, I want to sample them all... just look at the size of those red radishes, snow white cauliflower, and perfect broccoli. Ducks, llamas, flora, fauna, an adventurer's dream. Thank you, Kielian.

  4. annek 09/18/2012

    @ tractor1: (by the way, love your moniker) No freezing temperatures in most of the areas we went to in Ecuador (below about 10,000 feet) so those trees would definitely freeze in the Catskills. Even though it's high altitude, the equatorial location puts a whole different spin on things. And yes, other than the rainfall, the topography and 'feel' is similar to Montana (Bitterroot Valley and the Kalispell area). And to your last comment, yes Annek and Kielian are one in the same!

    @ pattyspencer: I'm not sure if all the produce is available year-round...the temperatures would certainly allow for it, but I don't know if there needs to be non-bearing periods to rest the plants. With our short growing season in Montana, I'd love to have even a portion of Ecuador's growing period.

  5. tractor1 09/18/2012

    Annek: Thank you for the info about your name, I kept going back to reread thinking I must have missed something. I have no idea why I chose tractor1, when I subscribed here that was the first thing I thought of, my real name is Sheldon. And I didn't think the climate here would be suitable for growing those trees but I wasn't sure. I'd think much of the seasonal produce in Ecuador is imported the same as here in the US... I still remember when just about the only produce available in NY during winter were root vegetables, and from storage at that. Not all that much was shipped from the California and Florida, and what arrived took a long time by rail so wasn't in wonderful condition... the rail cars weren't refrigerated, thay were iced and re-iced along the way through a series of hatches in the roof. Air transportation and modern refrigeration has made a huge difference to what foods are available.

  6. pattyspencer 09/18/2012

    Thanks Kielian! Maybe not the same produce - maybe changes as the seasons change.

  7. annek 09/19/2012

    @ Sheldon: it has all changed...not always for the better. Thanks again, for your comments!!

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