Photographer's Note

just a simple daily life capture from the andean slopes of quilotoa loop. the herdsman you see in the picture is the same jefe zauro you might have seen previously. chronologically, this shot was actually made before the up-close portrait. hope you like this pasture scene and the herd of jefe.

background: quilotoa loop is a small, about 200 kilometer long highland country road that loops around valleys near quilotoa volcanoe (the westernmost volcanoe in the andes). the road visits numerous indigenous villages and towns, but the main tourist attraction is the quilotoa lagoon (as shown by avene): a water filled volcanic crater.

the loop road is about half hard cover (from panamericana near latacunga to quilotoa), half dirt: the hard cover part was obviously built to facilitate tourist flow to the lagoon. nonetheless, at least for me, the most fun part was the other "less touristy" side, offering encounters like the one in washington alexander and nancy pic or sights like the one i showed in the chugchilan patchwork post.

oh, all credits for the title goe to avene!... i was struggling over silly versions like "furry slope", "sea of grass", etc... she came, looked at it and boom! there you go... fluffy! by the way, she has a similar shot, with jefe amongst his stock. not sure why she has not posted that one yet ;)

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Additional Photos by Kristaps KL (zmey) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1234 W: 95 N: 1748] (7335)
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