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Beni Wetlands

Beni Wetlands
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Copyright: Shir Goldberg (shirgold) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 286 W: 105 N: 591] (2748)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-18
Categories: Rain Forest, Savannah
Camera: Nikon D70, 18-70 AF-S DX 3.5 - 4.5 Nikkor
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/320 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Reptiles - Crocs, alligators, caimans, & garials 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-03-03 7:39
Viewed: 6431
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Beni savannas are located in the lowlands of the southwestern Amazon basin, extending northeastward from the foot of the Andean ranges. Almost all of the ecoregion lies within Bolivia.
This ecoregion comprises seasonal savannas and wetlands with forest islands and gallery forests on poorly drained Quaternary alluvial bottomlands with a marked dry season and flooding in the wet season. The plains form a complex mosaic of humid seasonal forest in a matrix of seasonal savanna where annual flooding and fire are the most important ecological factors.
The rivers flood each year during the humid season between December and May as a result of high rainfall and snowmelt in the Andes. The flooding covers from 50 to 60 percent of the land for a period of four to ten months.
n this region, 146 mammals have been reported. The rivers are home to abundant boto river dolphins.
Giant river otters (Pteronura brasiliensis) are considered locally extinct. Pumas (Puma concolor), jaguars (Panthera onca), jaguarundis (Herpailurus yagouaroundi) and other cats are still locally common in the region.
Fully 509 species of birds have been recorded in this area.
Reptiles, amphibians, and fish are important elements of the savannas, wetlands, lakes, and rivers. The endangered black caiman (Melanosuchus niger) and river turtles (Podocnemis expansa) have important populations the Beni savannas, along with the abundant yacare caiman (Caiman yacare), anacondas (Eunectes murinus), and false water cobras (Hydrodynastes gigas).
Much of the Beni savannas is subject to extensive grazing pressure by cattle and subject to intense seasonal burning for forage maintenance, particularly in the central and southern areas Uncontrolled burns threaten the natural communities. The floristic composition and structure and the bird communities have been heavily impacted by these activities .
source WWF

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-03-03 7:42]

Hello Shir,
You have a great POV here. The landscape, light and the colors are beautiful. Very well done. TFS

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  • delic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 440 W: 6 N: 310] (898)
  • [2007-03-03 7:45]

Saturated colors and great contrast make this visually pleasing. Interesting how much diversity the wetlands host. Very well done by all accounts. Regards...

a great view,hope placed one day under protection,thank you for informing us have a nice sunday

Hi Shir.
Really beautiful photo. great colour and clarity. Simple in design. Well done.
Regards, Steve.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-03-03 17:00]

Wow the colours are just beautiful. Lovely shot. It looks stunning



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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-03-04 15:56]

Hi Shir

Another interesing and very refreshing "view from above" from you :)
Just like the other one i have in mind (the one with the "S" shaped river) here too the strong contrast between the land and its vegetation and the dark blue of the water is nothing but superb!
The lighting and exposure is very well controlled, the colors are terrific and the composition is lovely.
Great work!

Braov and TFS

Hola Shir,
Me parece un paisaje precioso, el color, la luz y naturalidad son fascinantes. Un cordial saludo

Hello Shir,
This is amazing aerial view of wetland full of activities. I adore the way you have capture its composite panoramic details & incorporated good notes to understand the lives at large. Thanks for sharing.
Best wishes-Subhash

amazing landscape, dash Ori

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