Destinations, Landscape Architecture, Musings, Peru, Photography, South America

Rainy Season Flora of the Inca Trail

January 30, 2012

Do you know the secret of western Oregon’s beauty? The rain.

We natives either love to hate it or love to brag about our webbed feet, but more than that, we love to enjoy the sweeping vistas of indigenous green and the rainbow of ornamental plants that grow effortlessly up and down the Willamette Valley.

When Ted and I booked our Inca Trail journey for Peru’s rainy season, we were well-prepared with waterproof pants and jackets. What we weren’t prepared for was the surprise of beautiful wildlife growing lush along the trek. It makes perfect sense, though.

I only wish I’d had enough forethought to geek out and carry a field guide to Peruvian flora.

Instead, I captured photos of favorites for a future self-imposed research assignment.

This collection is dedicated to my design collaborator and fellow Oregonian, Gavin Younie of Outdoor Scenery Design. Enjoy the plants, my friend! I was thinking of you all the way…

For more photos from this part of the world, see our Inca Trail and Machu Picchu adventures…

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  • Reply Gary January 30, 2012 at 11:24 am

    Beautiful! Love reading your posts!

    • Reply twoOregonians February 15, 2012 at 12:37 pm

      Thank you, Gary!

  • Reply Celina January 30, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    GASP!!! Amazing! I’m loving your posts!

    • Reply twoOregonians February 15, 2012 at 12:42 pm

      Celina, so fun to know you’re reading along. Thank you! What a treat to have such beauty to photograph, eh? : )

  • Reply Heather Espana January 30, 2012 at 11:18 pm


    • Reply twoOregonians February 15, 2012 at 1:04 pm

      With sprinkles on top.

  • Reply LivingIF January 31, 2012 at 2:47 am

    Beautiful, vibrant colors. I love the variety of plants you captured, thanks for sharing your pictures and keep them coming!

    • Reply twoOregonians February 15, 2012 at 1:09 pm

      Thank you! Can’t wait to share more… We’ve been collecting so many lovely shots as we go, and now that we’re sitting semi-still for one month in Buenos Aires (with decent wifi!), we stand a good chance at getting our backlogged posts up… : ) Enjoy!

  • Reply Andi of My Beautiful Adventures February 1, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    OMG these photos are STUNNING!!!!!!!!!!!!! Love love love them.

    • Reply twoOregonians February 15, 2012 at 1:13 pm

      <3 So glad you do! It's been a treat to have these imaginary pictures of a future trip around the world become real life photos of such beauty... And the real joy is in sharing them with friends!

  • Reply Sue R. February 1, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    Gorgeous!! Makes me think of these lines…
    “For the beauty of the earth, for the glory of the skies…Lord of all to Thee we raise, this our hymn of grateful praise!”

    • Reply twoOregonians February 15, 2012 at 1:16 pm

      Thank you for sharing that, Sue. I love that hymn…and it’s so fitting. Just stopping to marvel at creation fills me with such thankfulness. Beauty, color, light, people, plants, places, (food!!) – all such joys. : )

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