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Mogotes in the Vinales Valley

Mogotes in the Vinales Valley
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Copyright: James Parker (Jamesp) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-04-24
Categories: Trees, Mountain
Camera: Canon EOS 1Ds MkII, Canon 70-200 f 2.8 L USM
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/400 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-05-01 7:41
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Points: 12
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I will try to catch up here on TN - we are currently trying to trace one of our suitcases - two went missing - our neighbour found one left in his garage yesterday without either of us being told it was there!!

Mogotes are geomorphologic structures encountered in the Caribbean, especially in Cuba. They appear as hills of limestone which generally occur in regions of tropical or subtropical rainfall. They are primarily formed by rainwater 9weak carbonic acid) dissolving the limestone - this rate at which this happens depends on the amount of rain AND temperature.

Mogotes are characterized by their rounded, tower-like structure. The heights of these towers are generally less than 25 m (82 ft); diameters range from 10 to 200 m (33 to 660 ft). The structure forms are elongated with a pronounced, long vertical axis orientation. They have a classification of tropical cone and tower karsts. Mogotes are remnants of eroded limestone sedimentary layers. These layers are originally formed in shallow waters, then folded and faulted during orogenic cycles. Tectonic upraising exposes the limestone layers to the surface where they can be eroded by rainfall, wind, and wave energy.

Mogote is according to one dictionary derived from Spanish pepino, "cucumber", also called Hum (Serbo-Croatian: "hill"), or Haystack Hill, conical hill of residual limestone in a deeply eroded karst region. Pepino hills generally form on relatively flat-lying limestones that are jointed in large rectangles. In an alternating wet and dry climate, high areas become increasingly hard and resistant while low areas are subjected to greater erosion and solution. In some places, such as the Kwangsi area of China, pepino hills may have almost vertical sides and may be riddled with caves. Pepino hills develop to greater heights in regions having subtropical or equatorial rainfall and are then generally called mogotes (Spanish: "hillocks").


Tourism centered on the Viñales Valley is developing, the area being protected by constitution since February 1976, and declared a national monument in October 1978. The Viñales Valley has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since November 1999, for the outstanding karst landscape and traditional agriculture as well as vernacular architecture, crafts and music.

Attractions in Viñales include the Museo Municipal, Casa de Caridad Botanical Gardens, Museo Paleontológico, Palenque (a Maroon village) and the nearby caves (Cueva del Indio, Cueva de José Miguel, Cueva de Santo Tomás) in Valle de Viñales National Park, which were refuges for runaway slaves. There is also a cave which doubles as a nightclub.

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hello James

beautiful landscape photo with the mountains and the trees,
i love the contrast between background and foreground,
i don't know if you could do, with an another POV just to not
include the houses only for one thing »»»» to do the photo
more nature and more wild landscape photo
(i want to say without sign of civilisation), TFS


Hello James! Amazing wide and long perspective. Superb exposure. Good contrast. Nice delicate colours. Well done!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-05-02 1:47]

Hi James,i been there 17 years ago but it seem yesterday....it's a wonderful place,rich of nature and vegetation,you work very very well in this difficult light! Thanks for share,have a nice Sunday,Luciano

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-05-02 4:04]

Hi James,
again my thanks as I learn another new vocabulary today - mogotes. It is very new jargon for me.
nice for showing the surroundings and also an educational and academic notes.
Very interesting indeed to know all these, previously the karst.
Thanks for sharing


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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2010-05-02 6:05]

Always travelling and always interesting, James. Good to see your travelling pictures, I really enjoy the beautiful landscape of this one. Great shot with lot of depth. bye bye!


Dear James,
It is such a pity that not many members of TrekNature post Landscapes.

True - not everybody travels as much as you do - (can you feel my envie? :-))) it would be still interesting to see where other members live, work and relax...

I never had the chance to get to Cuba; could not risk to have their visa in my passport and not be allowed into other countries when travelling on business - On top of lost luggage!!

I like your Landscape very much.
Where were you - when you took this photo - on a helicoptor?

Your notes about the "cucumbers" are very interesting, and so is the whole Landscape with the typical "Islander" haze above the higher areas.

I appreciate the way you shoot landscapes telling the story of the country you are visiting. This particular one neater than Africa.

Have a good week, I hope you found the 2nd suitcase,

Kind regards

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