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Permaculture in the Colombian tropical dry forest

 
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I’ve been recording in pics my journey living and implementing permaculture in one of the last patches of tropical dry forests in Colombia. I want to start a photo journal to share this magical place and our crazy permie adventures. Hope you enjoy :)

Here is a first batch:
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Magdalena River
Magdalena River
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Tropical dry forest
Tropical dry forest
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River rock
River rock
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Sunset
Sunset
 
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Batch 2 :)
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Rufous Tailed Jacamar resting on a Neem
Rufous Tailed Jacamar resting on a Neem
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Diverse Musaceae food forest edge
Diverse Musaceae food forest edge
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Native trees and zone five reforestation with pathways
Native trees and zone five reforestation with pathways
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Cuesco wine palm! So delicious!! if someone needs a recipe found an awesome book with over 100.
Cuesco wine palm! So delicious!! if someone needs a recipe found an awesome book with over 100.
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Baby turkey hatchling
Baby turkey hatchling
 
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3 :)
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Bee neighbors
Bee neighbors
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Muscovy youngling
Muscovy youngling
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Out of the chrysalid
Out of the chrysalid
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Giant teak leaf!
Giant teak leaf!
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Natural building with bamboo and thatched palm
Natural building with bamboo and thatched palm
 
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Cuatro

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The local indigenous community named this river blood of the forest thousands of years ago :o
The local indigenous community named this river blood of the forest thousands of years ago :o
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Magical sunrise
Magical sunrise
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Sunset light on thatched roof
Sunset light on thatched roof
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Time for migration!
Time for migration!
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Wild pink elephant leaf
Wild pink elephant leaf
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Hardcore Tachuelo young tree
Hardcore Tachuelo young tree
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Igua tree, this leguminous native has been awesome as support and its hardy amazing wood smells like fresh bread.
Igua tree, this leguminous native has been awesome as support and its hardy amazing wood smells like fresh bread.
 
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Cinco :)



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Protected zone 5 tropical dry forest
Protected zone 5 tropical dry forest
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Super fertile river islands come and go with the tide
Super fertile river islands come and go with the tide
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Caucho roots
Caucho roots
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Matarraton flowering
Matarraton flowering
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Muscovy hatchlings
Muscovy hatchlings
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That's a beautiful place, Andrés. Is the forest deciduous like the tropical dry forests in Mexico? Does it get hot in the dry season?
 
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Phil Stevens wrote:That's a beautiful place, Andrés. Is the forest deciduous like the tropical dry forests in Mexico? Does it get hot in the dry season?



Indeed! Everyday I’m in awe with it and all the life it fosters. Here is a short doc of one of our partner reserves:  


Our specific forest usually has four different seasons but even within our country they change a lot from one place to another: a mild dry season, followed by a mild wet season, followed by a harsh dry period that gets abruptly interrupted by very intense storms. We get about a meter and a half of annual rainfall, most of it during the latter. Depending on the duration of the dry season the native trees do loose their leaves but they haven’t this year due to La Niña. And yep! When it’s dry it’s also very hot!! Back in 2016 we broke the record as the hottest place in the country for a few weeks. Some trees require this stress to flower and seed like the gorgeous Chicala (attaching some pics). I could talk for days about this place that I’m totally in love with, its vast diversity and amount of edges, both in space and seasonal, makes it amazing for life just to explode!


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Chicala Flowering
Chicala Flowering
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Flowers up close
Flowers up close
 
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Encountered  these guys on a quick stroll :o
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Pseudoboa neuwiedii
Protomydas rubidapex
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Amazing blue and orange giant bug
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More :)
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Fighting desertification by transforming a cattle ranch into a complex productive ecosystem with permaculture.
Fighting desertification by transforming a cattle ranch into a complex productive ecosystem with permaculture.
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Sunset rays on rainy cloud
Sunset rays on rainy cloud
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The trees have brought morning humid fog.
The trees have brought morning humid fog.
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Super fertile river islands that come and go through the years.
Super fertile river islands that come and go through the years.
 
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Quick update :)
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Zone 1 food forest is growing :)
Zone 1 food forest is growing :)
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Pest control :)
Pest control :)
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Iguana
Iguana
 
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It is gorgeous! Thank you for sharing your place.
 
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More :)
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Playing with HDR creates some wacky visuals
Playing with HDR creates some wacky visuals
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Where’s Shrek?
Where’s Shrek?
 
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I read a book about planting trees and the streams began to flow again. I think it was based on events in Columbia perhaps. Sorry, I don’t recall the title right now. Thanks for the inspirational pictures.
 
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Currently cruising your pictures while drinking a cup of this coffee from Antioquia.

I wanna visit!
 
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Beau Davidson wrote:Currently cruising your pictures while drinking a cup of this coffee from Antioquia.

I wanna visit!



our coffee plants have just flowered for the first time! Soonish well have some permie Colombian coffee!!

Also just stumbled with this little guy who was wondering too close to the chicken coop. I’d never seen a little guy so big!
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Andrés Bernal wrote:

Beau Davidson wrote:Currently cruising your pictures while drinking a cup of this coffee from Antioquia.

I wanna visit!



our coffee plants have just flowered for the first time! Soonish well have some permie Colombian coffee!!

Also just stumbled with this little guy who was wondering too close to the chicken coop. I’d never seen a little guy so big!



Aaaaaah, I wish I could grow coffee.  I have grown coffee as a houseplant.  

We are starting yaupon holly, which is my region's only native source of caffeine . . .

Mantises are so cool.

 
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Fawn came to say hi
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Another surprise visit :)
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Yikes.  What's up snaggletooth.
 
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I want to stay on my side of the fence :)
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Sunset rays :)
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Zone 5 tropical dry forest valley
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Hello Andrés.
Last year I was in Colombia visiting my niece.
I saw a leguminous tree with large pods and large beans that I think were used for food, like garden beans but bigger.
I don't speak Spanish so I wan't sure what they were telling me, and I got neither a picture nor a name of the tree, and I did not get to taste the beans.
Is there such a tree that you are familiar with?
 
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Ellen Lewis wrote:Hello Andrés.
Last year I was in Colombia visiting my niece.
I saw a leguminous tree with large pods and large beans that I think were used for food, like garden beans but bigger.
I don't speak Spanish so I wan't sure what they were telling me, and I got neither a picture nor a name of the tree, and I did not get to taste the beans.
Is there such a tree that you are familiar with?



There's a whole bunch, the tastier are ice cream beans (guamas), we have 4 different sub-species.  Theres also carob (algarroba) which can be usesd as cocoa replacement.

Here s a pic of guamas:



Theres also tamarindo which is a little acid but sooo good too!
 
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Definitely not tamarindo or inga or carob. Looked like garden beans, both the pod and the seed.
 
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Ellen Lewis wrote:Definitely not tamarindo or inga or carob. Looked like garden beans, both the pod and the seed.



maaaaybe guampana... Artocarpus altili
 
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Cool! I didn't see any breadfruit. Of course, there are lots of things I didn't see. I don't think I'll go again, but it was a wonderful visit.
 
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A beautiful documentary about the magic of nature in Colombia (you can activate english subs):

 
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2024 update :)
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