The purpose of this blog is to show off John Lofgreen's Alaskan world through his wildlife art and nature photography. It will explain his painting techniques, and report on his latest activities including exotic journeys around the world.
Going back to Ecuador the Andes Mountains rise above the cloud forest and gradually become colder and drier. The above photo was taken just above the cloud forest. These agricultural lands are impossibly steep. Imagine trudging up and down these slopes all day. There are some ranch houses nestled on the hillside opposite. Can you see them?
You can see a rooftop across the canyon. If you were to slip in the wet meadow at the bottom of the photo, you would slide about 1000 ft. before stopping.
A picturesque town in the Andes called Banos, (baths), after the many hot springs in the area.
Imagine raising children on the edge of this ravine.
One of the common birds in the towns of the Andes are Eared Doves. They are the South American version of a Mourning Dove.
The Andean version of a Robin is the much larger, Great Thrush.
Rufous-collared Sparrows are the most common of all birds in the Andes.