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Ducks in the creek

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Ducks swimming in the creek about 100m before the waterfall. Again, notice the iron-rich water.

Wooden cross

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This wooden cross is in front of a church in the town of São Gonçalo do Rio das Pedras. The parallel antenna tower in the background caught my eye…

Clump of cacti

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A typical clump of cacti and other plants adapted to dry climates…

Small yellow mushrooms grow from a clump of burned vegetation.

Although it rained frequently during our stay, this region is known for long dry periods and brushfires are very common.

Wooden Bridge

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This small bridge crosses a small creek just before a double waterfall. The water has high iron content and has a dark reddish tint.

The whole region is infested with termites, so wooden structures are shortlived; this bridge has been rebuilt a few years ago.

Little flower

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This flower measures about 5 mm across and seems to be pretty typical for the Jequitinhonha region.

It was very windy so I had to hold the stem with my other hand and set the shutter speed to 1/2000 sec. This also had the desired result of blurring the background.

Here [in following posts] are the promised pictures – or at least, the better ones icon_wink.gif, from my New Year’s vacation at Milho Verde, near the source of the Jequitinhonha River in the interior of Minas Gerais.

Back to normal…

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We just got back from a week at the town of Milho Verde (population ~2000 or so), near the source of the Jequitinhonha River in the interior of Minas Gerais. This is about 350Km from where I live.

Photos will be posted next week. It was a very nice vacation, although I wouldn’t do this sort of thing often… you’ll see why. 😀

Anyway, the newly-opened tourist base had an old Pentium 133 with modem and I managed to log on a couple of times, after about an hour trying. The nearest Internet provider is about 150Km away and the @#$%^ modem insisted on connecting at 46 Kbps; using V.90 instead of dropping back to the older, more reliable V.34bis.

This being a Windows machine I didn’t manage to figure out where to change the modem script (or its equivalent). So it would connect, work for anywhere from zero to 5 minutes, and then stop working – without, however, dropping the connection. And, of course, there’s no configuration parameter for working at reduced speed…

Needless to say, the connection never stayed up long enough for me to post anything or reply to e-mail. Anyway, things are back to normal now.

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