23 October 2009

El Charco del Ingenio II

There is more to El Charco del Ingenio than the hike along the canyon. It is a nature preserve. The wetlands above the dam provide a habitat for birds and other wildlife. There are relevant photos relating to that at the web site as well as photos portraying how the place changes through the seasons.

The collection of cacti and succulents there is very appealing to me personally. Through the years, I have tended to my share of house plants, and I have always been partial to these plants. I have probably killed more cacti and succulents through the years than are in the collection at El Charco del Ingenio.

A little cacti nursery near the cafeteria.

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I find that there are three photos at the El Charco del Ingenio web site that are nearly identical to the three shots above that I took except for the quality of the photo. When one encounters those scenes on a hike, they cry out to be photographed.

I am still trying to wrap my mind around this idea of rescuing plants. It is an concept that does not come naturally to me, unlike rescuing animals, for instance. However, when you ponder it a bit, it makes every bit as much sense as rescuing animals does.

Not the time of year for blossoms, but nonetheless, one little one.

There is a large greenhouse complex on the premises that one may walk through. I will do so upon my next visit


Anonymous said...

As you know, I've become interested in the world of mushrooms recently. I discovered along the way that in our provincial parks, picking them is illegal, punishable by substantial fines (never mind that there is exactly 0 enforcement). I thought it was odd since the part of the organism one picks is the fruiting body. Picking them doesn't hurt the organism any more than picking an apple hurts an apple tree. Apparently,the problem isn't so much with picking the mushrooms but the damage done to plantlife in the forest by foragers that is the concern. When I walk through a forest, foraging around, I don't really think I'm doing much damage, but then again, if there were 30 of me doing it in the same forest, the damage might become tangible. All this to say that I understand and appreciate efforts to protect ecosystems, and rescuing plants seems pretty reasonable, when they need rescuing.

Nice photos, by the way. It looks like an amazinig place in which to spend time.

Ruth said...

Nice photos, Steverino. The ones of the cacti took me back instantly to the age of 5, when we went camping in the desert someplace near Palm Springs. My brother, aged 2, mistook a stubby barrel cactus for a footstool, and sat down.

With predictable results.

Señor Steve said...

It seems reasonable to me, too, now, mr. achovy. For me after yesterday, it is no longer one of those little things that passeth all understanding.

Ruthie, these desert plants have an astounding array of self-defense mechanisms, many of which are truly impressive. I myself have experienced a large thorn piercing the sole of my boot. One does not believe such things can commonly happen in this enviroment until. . . .

But I know you are accustomed to such things.

Ruth said...

Not exactly accustomed, Steve. Haven't spent a lot of time in the real desert. I'm more a child of chaparral, oaks, and orange orchards.