Cadeia do Espinhaço

Chapter 7

São Gonçalo do Rio das Pedras
Dear reader,

In the closing of chapter 6, I said that this would be the last chapter covering the Espinhaço Range in the state of Minas Gerais. Well, I was wrong! In August 2011, I decided - for no specific reason but gut feeling - to explore a tiny locality called São Gonçalo do Rio das Pedras, near Diamantina, of which I had no information save for the fact that there was a small inn I could stay. The internet offered little help, besides the geographical location, that is, in the Estrada Real and relatively close to the Serra do Cipó, a good sign in biodiversity. In similar circumstances in the past, I learned to trust my instinct so I hit the road.

The decision to dedicate chapter 7 to São Gonçalo do Rio das Pedras, is a tribute to its spectacular scenery and diversity. It is the habitat of many species of bromeliads, orchids and cactii of splendorous forms and exquisite colors. The people are nice and one is instantly involved by a glorious silence, a characteristic of the savannas. This said, I am confident this addition will please you.

The Cerrado, the largest savanna of South America, which occupies a fourth of the Brazilian territory, is now reduced to half its size. More recently, it is ceding vast areas to eucalyptus, soy and sugar cane plantations. A stupidity that already shows irreversible consequences in the supply of water, inside and outside the limits of the biome. This information is more dramatic when you know that the Cerrado is the natural reservoir for vast regions occupied by almost 90 million inhabitants!

The hills of Minas Gerais are burning in 2011, probably a record year of criminal fires. In 15 days alone the fires have consumed 10.000 hectares! The environmental conflicts are not solved but, alas, growing. Unpunished and unresolved, of course!

A final word covering the fires in the Cerrado: they impact directly in the biodiversity, affecting pollinators in general and bees in particular. These formidable insects use vision and smell to navigate and return to a food source. "Alter or remove that smell and the bees could starve", reveals a recent study published in New Scientist. "If pollinators disappear, we won't have food" warns Jeff Riffel.

I acknowledge the usual kind assistance of Domingos Cardoso, Marlon Machado, Harry Luther, Mike Andreas and Derek Butcher.

Happy New Year to you and yours!
Oscar Ribeiro - Bromeliario Imperialis
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

More info:

http://www.amazon.com/Vanishing-Bees-Ellen-Page/dp/B004SO26RE/ref=sr_1_1?s=movies-tv&ie=UTF8&qid=1320016306&sr=1-1

http://www.mapress.com/phytotaxa/content/2011/f/pt00028p049.pdf

http://www.springerlink.com/content/f4717664770mt223/

Fires:

http://g1.globo.com/Noticias/Brasil/0,,MUL1176380-5598,00-SECA+PROVOCA+AS+PRIMEIRAS+QUEIMADAS+EM+MINAS+GERAIS.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=srW-OmVNKYc&feature=related

http://www1.folha.uol.com.br/ambiente/792162-agosto-de-2010-tem-sete-vezes-mais-incendios-que-mesmo-periodo-de-2009.shtml


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Sao Goncalo
Sao Goncalo
Sao Goncalo
Sao Goncalo
Sao Goncalo
Sao Goncalo
Sao Goncalo
Sao Goncalo
Sao Goncalo
Sao Goncalo
Sao Goncalo
Sao Goncalo
Sao Goncalo
Sao Goncalo
Velloziaceae
Velloziaceae
Velloziaceae
Velloziaceae
Campos Rupestres
Campos
Rupestres
Campos Rupestres
Campos
Rupestres
Campos Rupestres
Campos
Rupestres
Campos Rupestres
Campos
Rupestres
Campos Rupestres
Campos
Rupestres
Campos Rupestres
Campos
Rupestres
Campos Rupestres
Campos
Rupestres
Campos Rupestres
Campos
Rupestres
Aechmea phanerophlebia
Aechmea
phanerophlebia
Aechmea phanerophlebia
Aechmea
phanerophlebia
Aechmea phanerophlebia
Aechmea
phanerophlebia
Aechmea phanerophlebia
Aechmea
phanerophlebia
Aechmea phanerophlebia
Aechmea
phanerophlebia
Aechmea phanerophlebia
Aechmea
phanerophlebia
Aechmea phanerophlebia
Aechmea
phanerophlebia
Jacaranda
Jacaranda
Jacaranda
Jacaranda
Jacaranda
Jacaranda
Jacaranda
Jacaranda


Pilosocereus aurisetus
Pilosocereus
aurisetus
Bridge
Bridge
Flor amarela
Flor amarela
Living sculpture
Escultura viva
Living sculpture
Escultura viva
Curious
Curious
Curious
Curious
Dasyphyllum
Dasyphyllum
Dasyphyllum
Dasyphyllum
Encholirium ctenophyllum
Encholirium
ctenophyllum
Encholirium ctenophyllum and subsecundum
Encholirium
ctenophyllum
and subsecundum
Encholirium ctenophyllum
Encholirium
ctenophyllum
Encholirium ctenophyllum
Encholirium
ctenophyllum
Encholirium ctenophyllum
Encholirium
ctenophyllum
Encholirium reflexum
Encholirium
reflexum
Encholirium reflexum
Encholirium
reflexum
Encholirium reflexum
Encholirium
reflexum
Encholirium reflexum
Encholirium
reflexum
Encholirium reflexum
Encholirium
reflexum
Encholirium reflexum
Encholirium
reflexum
Encholirium reflexum
Encholirium
reflexum
Encholirium reflexum red
Encholirium
reflexum red
Encholirium magalhaesii
Encholirium
magalhaesii
Encholirium magalhaesii
Encholirium
magalhaesii
Encholirium magalhaesii
Encholirium
magalhaesii
Encholirium magalhaesii
Encholirium
magalhaesii
Beija flor
Beija flor
Beija flor
Beija flor
Beija flor
Beija flor
Dyckia ursina
Dyckia ursina
Dyckia ursina
Dyckia ursina
Encholirium sp.
Encholirium sp.
Encholirium sp.
Encholirium sp.
Lichens
Lichens
Lichens
Lichens
Lichens
Lichens
Tree
Tree
Tree
Tree
Our ancestors
Our ancestors
Our ancestors
Our ancestors
Our ancestors
Our ancestors
Our ancestors
Our ancestors
Our ancestors
Our ancestors
Vriesea oligantha
Vriesea
oligantha
Vriesea oligantha
Vriesea
oligantha
Vriesea oligantha
Vriesea
oligantha
Tillandsia arhiza
Tillandsia
arhiza
Tillandsia arhiza
Tillandsia
arhiza
Tillandsia arhiza
Tillandsia
arhiza
Tillandsia arhiza
Tillandsia
arhiza
Tillandsia arhiza
Tillandsia
arhiza
Tillandsia arhiza
Tillandsia
arhiza
Tillandsia arhiza
Tillandsia
arhiza
Tillandsia arhiza
Tillandsia
arhiza
Pleurothallis
Pleurothallis
Orchidaceae
Orchidaceae
Spetacular combination
Spetacular
combination
Spetacular combination
Spetacular
combination
Spetacular combination
Spetacular
combination
Spetacular combination
Spetacular
combination
Cipo de Sao Joao
Cipo de Sao Joao
Billbergia amoena
Billbergia
amoena
Billbergia amoena
Billbergia
amoena
Billbergia amoena
Billbergia
amoena
Billbergia amoena
Billbergia
amoena
Billbergia amoena
Billbergia
amoena
Billbergia amoena
Billbergia
amoena
Vriesea diamantinensis
Vriesea
diamantinensis
Vriesea diamantinensis
Vriesea
diamantinensis
Vriesea diamantinensis
Vriesea
diamantinensis
Vriesea diamantinensis
Vriesea
diamantinensis
Vriesea diamantinensis
Vriesea
diamantinensis
Vriesea diamantinensis
Vriesea
diamantinensis
Vriesea diamantinensis
Vriesea
diamantinensis
Vriesea diamantinensis
Vriesea
diamantinensis
Tillandsia gardneri
Tillandsia
gardneri
Tillandsia gardneri
Tillandsia
gardneri
Orthophytum schulzianum
Orthophytum
schulzianum
Orthophytum schulzianum
Orthophytum
schulzianum
Orthophytum schulzianum
Orthophytum
schulzianum
Orthophytum schulzianum
Orthophytum
schulzianum
Orthophytum schulzianum
Orthophytum
schulzianum
Orthophytum schulzianum
Orthophytum
schulzianum
Orthophytum schulzianum
Orthophytum
schulzianum
Orthophytum schulzianum
Orthophytum
schulzianum
Orthophytum schulzianum
Orthophytum
schulzianum
Orthophytum schulzianum
Orthophytum
schulzianum
Landscape
Paisagem
Landscape
Paisagem
Landscape
Paisagem
Neoregelia bahiana
Neoregelia
bahiana
Neoregelia bahiana
Neoregelia
bahiana
Neoregelia bahiana
Neoregelia
bahiana
Neoregelia bahiana
Neoregelia
bahiana
Diversidade
Diversidade
Euphorbia sipolisii
Euphorbia
sipolisii
Euphorbia sipolisii
Euphorbia
sipolisii
Tabebuia
Tabebuia
Pseudobombax
Pseudobombax
Orthophytum diamantinense
Orthophytum
diamantinense
Orthophytum diamantinense
Orthophytum
diamantinense
Orthophytum diamantinense
Orthophytum
diamantinense
Orthophytum diamantinense
Orthophytum
diamantinense
Orthophytum diamantinense
Orthophytum
diamantinense
Borboleta
Borboleta
Miconia
Miconia
Tree trunk
Tree trunk
Cereus jamacaru
Cereus jamacaru
Cereus jamacaru
Cereus jamacaru
Orchidaceae
Orchidaceae
Orchidaceae
Orchidaceae
Euphorbia sipolisii and Encholirium subsecundum
Euphorbia
sipolisii
Cipocereus minensis
Cipocereus
minensis
Cipocereus minensis
Cipocereus
minensis
Billbergia sp.
Billbergia sp.
Billbergia sp.
Billbergia sp.
Tillandsia and Neoregelia
Tillandsia and Neo
Grasshopper
Grasshopper
Grasshopper
Grasshopper
Tillandsia
Tillandsia
Tillandsia
Tillandsia
Gallery forests
Gallery forests
Gallery forests
Gallery forests
Gallery forests
Gallery forests
Gallery forests
Gallery forests
Vriesea procera
Vriesea procera
Vriesea procera
Vriesea procera
Vriesea procera
Vriesea procera
Vriesea procera
Vriesea procera
Billbergia sp.
Billbergia sp.
Aechmea bromelifolia
Aechmea
bromelifolia
Billbergia porteana
Billbergia
porteana



Safe haven
Pouso seguro
Safe haven
Pouso seguro
Safe haven
Pouso seguro
Safe haven
Pouso seguro
Climb a mountain
Climb a mountain


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