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Author Topic: Going down in the Cachoeira da Fumaça (Smoke falls), Chapada Diamantina  (Read 1718 times)
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« on: April 22, 2012, 21:31:40 »

(4 days track)

Good Afternoon to everybody,


At this time i´ll show my second field travel at the same week than i went the grotto forest. I hit the road and after 50 km of Lençóis, i arrive at Palmeiras, a historical city in the Chapada Diamantina. More 25 km in offroad and finally, Vale do Capão. This place is incredible, it´s the way to Cachoeira da fumaça. No more words, PHOTOS!!

*Palmeiras is a little city stuck in the Chapada Diamantina, state of Bahia. Palmeiras name means "Palms". Vale do Capão is a district of Palmeiras, and in english means "Capão´s Valley"



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The "offroad at sunset" - Palmeiras to Vale do Capão



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The beautiful view of Vale do Capão, after 2 km of hills following the trail to Cachoeira da fumaça. Walk experience is needed!


In the way to fumaça, All walking is about 1.200 meters asl (above sea level), with islands of humid forests, grasslands with rocky outcrops and rocky fields.

In the way to Fumaça:


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Aechmea bromeliifolia (Looks like the albobracteata variety)



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Cottendorfia florida

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Cattleya elongata

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Hohenbergia caatingae


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Orthophytum cf. burle-marxii



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Orthophytum albo-pictum


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Vriesea exaltata

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Me and the Vriesea exaltata


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Vriesea chapadensis



Arriving in Cachoeira da fumaça...

I can´t say in words, so i put a video on youtube... feel it!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I5gQabjE7jM

So, my field work was focused in the bottom of the waterfall.

The way to go down you can see at 0:05s in the center of the video, a cliff in the rock with an suggestive name: the GAP.


The GAP

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Going down...

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and more (!)

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and more!

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just look how much we are already down!

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Stop for eat..

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keep going and eyes open for Bromeliads!

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Look that beauty

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With strong roots!

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Almost there!


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Finally! the pool under the waterfall!!

The trail below the Cachoeira da fumaça

The forest is incredible. Despite the drought which is happening in Bahia, this place has unlimited sources of water, several springs and high moisture ambient.


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Down in the Fumaça

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The other side view

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Vriesea chapadensis growing in a rock

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A bizarre tree

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Bizzare fungi

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Vriesea simplex

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A rock filled with Neoregelia sp.

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And extend to the floor

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A empty passage of water because of the dry season

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The camping

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Acianthera ochreata

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The capivara waterfall, following the valley of the Cachoeira da Fumaça

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Orthophytum cf. amoenum

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Closer

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And closer...


I hope everybody like!




big hugs,


Matheus Nogueira




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« Reply #1 on: April 22, 2012, 23:33:26 »

Great pictures, specimens, and overall feel for the habitat.
Thanks Matheus.
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« Reply #2 on: April 23, 2012, 00:54:59 »

Fantastic pictures again!  So many neat plants in such beautiful settings.  That Neoregelia looks interesting.  Is it stoloniferous?  Looks like a great place to camp.
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« Reply #3 on: April 23, 2012, 03:42:07 »

Yes, this Neoregelia has several stolons that form a network on the ground, distributing plants and making this beautiful view.
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« Reply #4 on: April 23, 2012, 05:53:33 »

Hi Matheus is the Capivara waterfall water hole below swimmable ? or is it full of snakes and pirana ? Looke like you had a good trek and thanks for sharing all those pics.
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« Reply #5 on: April 23, 2012, 06:28:11 »

Yes, the Capivara waterfall is swimmable with a place to jump (20 meters), and no, there is no piranas here in Bahia, only in Amazon. Snakes you can see in everytime that you come to the forests, but is very difficult to be bitten. You have to walk with the eyes open and paying attention to the trail.
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« Reply #6 on: April 23, 2012, 11:01:58 »

Fantastic photos Matheus!

The scenery is amazing, and it's so good to see plants in their habitat. How many km's did you cover over the 4 days?

Those ortho's are eye catching...but that dark Hohenbergia caatingae is my pick.

Cheers, Andrew.

 
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« Reply #7 on: April 23, 2012, 11:24:05 »

Hi Matheus,

Excellent photo diary of your trip. Many thanks for sharing!

Seems like a good time of year to be out there, at least you're not in the rain. Were you out there with friends or fellow students?

Seems quite dry, intersting how the Vriesea are able to survive as lithphytes with seemingly little moisture in their tanks.

Now, how to get a job like this.....

Kind Regards,
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« Reply #8 on: April 23, 2012, 15:16:58 »

Fantastic photos Matheus!

The scenery is amazing, and it's so good to see plants in their habitat. How many km's did you cover over the 4 days?

Those ortho's are eye catching...but that dark Hohenbergia caatingae is my pick.

Cheers, Andrew.

 


In 4 days i covered 24 kms!
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« Reply #9 on: April 23, 2012, 15:24:32 »

Hi Matheus,

Excellent photo diary of your trip. Many thanks for sharing!

Seems like a good time of year to be out there, at least you're not in the rain. Were you out there with friends or fellow students?

Seems quite dry, intersting how the Vriesea are able to survive as lithphytes with seemingly little moisture in their tanks.

Now, how to get a job like this.....

Kind Regards,
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They are students too, but studies Velloziaceae.

Vriesea is a incredible genus, they survive in severe condition, like Vriesea lancifolia, and they are source of water for animals and other plants. This forest has high humidity and low light incidence, so we found most diversity and C3 species, like Vriesea ruschii, Vriesea simplex, etc.
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« Reply #10 on: April 23, 2012, 20:43:34 »

Fantastic photos of both plants and terrain!   Most of us will never travel to places like this, so it's great to be able to see them.  Why do they call it Cachoeira da Fumaça?  Is there a lot of smoky-looking mist when the falls are flowing? 

I like the black foliage of H. caatingae too, but the Orthos are my favorites, especially O. albo-pictum.  That's an amazing clump of Neoregelia too.  Any idea what species? 

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« Reply #11 on: April 23, 2012, 21:30:49 »

Fantastic photos of both plants and terrain!   Most of us will never travel to places like this, so it's great to be able to see them.  Why do they call it Cachoeira da Fumaça?  Is there a lot of smoky-looking mist when the falls are flowing? 

I like the black foliage of H. caatingae too, but the Orthos are my favorites, especially O. albo-pictum.  That's an amazing clump of Neoregelia too.  Any idea what species? 



The name is due to the low flow of water that plummets 430 meters, and with the wind jet that falls becomes smoke. That´s why it calls the Smoke Falls.

I think this Neo is a Neoregelia bahiana, with blue flower inside the tank. but there are 2 different species there.
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« Reply #12 on: April 25, 2012, 05:32:16 »

Hi everyone,

Thanks Matheus for sharing your great adventure with all of us. It's always great to see pictures of these wonderful plants growing in their natural habitat.

All the best, Nev.
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« Reply #13 on: April 25, 2012, 06:52:01 »

Hi Matheus,

Thanks again from me too!  I get so much enjoyment from keeping these amazing plants and thinking about what they do, that when I see beaut sequences of habitat shots like this, it is like someone has just opened a door for me onto a world that I've been looking at through a pinhole!  Who needs TV - I can daydream about those habitat pics all day  Shocked Shocked

It is such a rare pleasure to be able to get out and come to grips with what living things are doing in their natural environment.  Thanks so much for sharing it with those of us that will never make it out there!

(And that goes for you other guys that share their habitat pics with us too.  Andy, Pedro, Bruce, you know who you are!)

Cheers, Paul
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