Zuleta

The celebrations on both equinox and the solstices continue every three months here. We find a couple of early revelers eager to dance in their two sided masks with llama chaps, long whip and horn/conch shell to call the community!

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Oh, here is another one. NB sleeping dog!

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Visiting a home in Zuleta, on the other valley behind Imbabura. Very simple life continues here with lots of farming, in beautiful green valley. Indigenous families still live higher in the mountains.

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Not your usual tourist stop: we arranged a tour of the rose plantation – it is the end of their shift, but the production goes 24 hours a day now that Valentines is around the corner. This phase of the process is cutting the stems at a desired length (a meter) when the bud is just open. They fly through the rows! It goes very quickly. See her clippers in her boot? Any flowers that are too open are tossed on the ground as compost! — at near San Pablo, Ecuador in the High Sierras.

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A few cabbage pix from the hillside of vegetables overlooking Lago San Pablo. Huge!

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