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Rio Cinto Ecuador

End of Day

End of day  – view from my friends’ front porch…

Subtle moods wash over the cloud forest from hour to hour.  She can be sunny and bright one minute, and mysterious and moody another.  Here is a token sample of specimen and native plants that decorate the landcape and gardens of my friends’ property in Mindo. Getting stronger every day, I’m hopeful to be visiting this lovely area in a few weeks and doing a few nature studies. Which ones do you think might inspire me?
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P1840117 mindo azalea pink

Tree Fern / Near Mindo Ecuador

Tree fern

P1870443 kings torch ginger

Ginger – Delicate to see,  hardy with the right weather conditions, and these beauties thrive here!

Dawn - Dec. 26, 2013 - Mindo Ecuador

Ahhhh, for sure I will paint these night-blooming angels trumpets, if they are blooming.

For more flowers and foliage, keep scrolling!

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Orchid

Did you ever pick wild berries when you were growing up?

Did you ever pick wild berries when you were growing up?

P1830458 CLEMATIS BUTTERFLY

Wild clematis?

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Unique foliage plants distracted my attention.

Unique foliage plants distracted my attention.

P1750813 heliconia orange

Stately and a favorite to paint. Hummingbirds are the only pollinators of heliconias – true or false?

P1870240 MILKWEED CLOSEUP

Ah, the monarchs are not far away!

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Toucans have nibbled (Gorged?) bananas from this spot on the downstairs balcony!

P1870454 petite red wildflower mindo

Very sweet petite wildflower

P1870472 fuschia orchid mindo

Do you remember this from a previous post? (Timeout for Art – Bringing Nature Inside)

P1870512 for jim y julie bamboo shoots

Brazilian Red Cloak, bamboo, pond, and view in the distance…

P1870513 glasswing butterfly mindo

P1870527 foliage mindo

Strong sun and dense shadows – ah, what difference a touch of sun makes!

P1870556 santa maria mindo

(from the Piper family?)

P1880138 SMALL BLUE BUTTERFLY MINDO

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Yes, on reviewing the botanicals, I am still drawn to the angels trumpets paired with deep red ginger.

Time in Mindo will help me heal, don't you agree? Feeling strongner and ready to resume painting!

Time in Mindo will help me heal, don’t you agree?  Feeling strongner and ready to resume painting!

More soon!

Gardens...

Gardens…

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