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Laguna de Los Patos

Laguna de Los Patos
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Copyright: Jose Miguel Cisneros (JoseMiguel) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1419 W: 3 N: 1610] (5658)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-01-04
Categories: Mountain
Camera: Canon Powershot S3 IS
Exposure: f/8, 1/200 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): 100 points or more (Chapter 2), Photo Collage at TN [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-01-16 15:16
Viewed: 9985
Points: 124
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Laguna de Los Patos – Duck’s Lagoon

In the second part of my new year’s holidays, we went to a 5 days cross-Andean walking route, (South America’s first outside of Patagonia), that was opened in western Venezuela, Estado Mérida, in an excursion arranged by the program “Andes Tropicales”.
This composition shows the “Duck’s Lagoon”, located at 4.170 meters over sea level, (13.681ft) and their name comes because a lot of ducks usually goes there…when I arrived, was so exhausted but ready and handling my camera to capture the rewarding ducks…but the lack of people there makes them so afraid that is so difficult to get a shot…I only could see a couple of them flying away…but can say they are very small in size and dark in color.
In despite, I bring three pictures of the more static flora there, the Purple Tobacco (Senecio formosus), the giant Frailejón (Espelettia sp.), and their yellow flower.
Hope you like it and the effort to climb by foot there… ;-)

Pictures were all taken with image stabilizer (IS), handheld, crop, and resized.
I posted each individual picture as workshop, in order you can appreciate them at full size and quality.

Located in western Venezuela, one of the countries with the greatest biodiversity in the world, the Mérida Coordillera is part of the Cordillera de los Andes, extends from the Colombian border in Táchira State to the Lara Depression and has an area of 11,866 miles2. High plains, valleys, páramos (high, bare and cold regions) and mountains predominate in its geography. This complex topography, with interweaves different ecosystems, makes it one of the most valuable reservoirs of biodiversity in Venezuela and in the world. In this particular tropical zone, there is a wide variety of natural ecosystems modified by man.

The flora found on the ground of the páramo are grasses, Purple Tobacco (Senecio formosus), the symbolic Frailejón (Espelettia sp.), Spanish flag (Castilleja fissifolia), Annatto, shinning Chispeadores (Chaetolepsis lindeniana) and lupines with purple-flowered pinnacles interwine.

Ecological importance:
Taking into consideration its relative area, the Mérida Cordillera is one of the greatest biodiversity reservoirs in the country. In fact, the great heterogeneity of its landscapes and ecosystems resulting from its complex topography serves as a shelter for countless species that have had to adapt to very varied living conditions.
This privileged territory is a valuable source of environmental services, such as water resources, the significant volume of carbon captured by the Andean forests and the inmense genetic pool it represents. All of these, added to the global value of its biodiversity, have made the Mérida Cordillera one of the priority areas for conservation in the tropical Andes region.


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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To luislourobd: This is the right place!JoseMiguel 1 05-12 16:43
To Bufo: You got some duck's pictures?JoseMiguel 1 02-26 16:44
To cedryk: Thanks for your commentJoseMiguel 1 02-14 07:46
To mikou: thanks for your detailed comment on "Laguna de LoJoseMiguel 1 01-21 15:14
To Maite: a mi también!!!JoseMiguel 1 01-17 16:43
To ramthakur: Pyramid like islandJoseMiguel 1 01-17 10:18
To SunToucher: You are right!JoseMiguel 2 01-17 09:43
To RAP: Tienes toda la razón!JoseMiguel 1 01-17 09:37
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Hola José,
Me encantaron las fotos y la composición que arreglaste. Buenas fotos!! Además la información sobre la región es muy interesante.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2007-01-16 15:54]

hello José
you are presenting successful a sample of informative photograpy. composition, colours, details, collage and note are great

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-01-16 16:18]

Hola José, hoy al ver tu foto y la bella compo que nos muestras he sentido un poco de nostalgia por unos amigos Venezolanos que viven en Tenerife, ellos quieren mucho a su tierra y la echan un montón de menos... son una gente encantadora, Ellos son de Mérida y me han mostrado fotos de sus montañas, lagos valles... sería interminable, así que secuentro tu foto, y con todo el amor del mundo, Por Marilin y Félix, seguro que no te importará. Gracias amigo

a splendid site and a hot spot of biodiversity. It is a mythic place and I hope I'll go there one day.

Hola José MIguel,
Una postal impresionante la que nos muestras, ilustrada con las flores de estas 2 compuestas. Tienes una bonita galeria, creo que voy a aprender mucho de tu magnífico país que algún dia tengo que visitar, Creo que la máxima atracción son las aves.
Una nota muy interesante y educativa. Gracias por tu comentario a mi foto. Un abrazo,
Salutacions molt cordials.

hi jose,
lovely coplilation,
each one of the shots is beautiful,
tfs & regards

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  • whjb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 51 W: 26 N: 172] (683)
  • [2007-01-17 1:29]

Hi Jose,

Interesting compilation and very informative note. You really did make the best of the situation. I think we all experienced, from time to time, that we travel far distances to take photos and end up with poor light or other problems.


Hello José,

grat combo. Vivid colours and nice sharpness. A very good advertisement for the beauty that this area holds.

Cheers, Petru

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-01-17 2:44]

Hi Jose.
BRAVO. Amazing collage. Great subject and wonderful compiling. Great colours, details and sharpness of each image. TFS and best regards.

Sorry, I have no time. I have just returned from short business trip and hasten for work.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-01-17 4:11]

Hi Jose

What a charming presentation!
The view over this lagoon is terrific and the colors and toxtures on the stons are lovely!
I also like the POV, the excellent exposure management and the very nice DOF.
The second part are the cahrming flowers which are a nice add-on and produce a lot of interest. They are captured well, with plenty of nicely saturated colors and crispy clear details.
A very original post!

Bravo and TFS

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2007-01-17 4:34]

Hello Jose,
excellent collage with great pictures.
Very well done.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-01-17 7:18]

Hello jose,
Excellent presentation.Each frame is crisp clear and well detailed.I liked vivid colors also a lot.

very good pic...

Hi Jose,
Lovely composition,each one is beautiful.


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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2007-01-17 7:51]
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Una presentación diferente Jose Miguel con el bello paraje y varias de las especies que pudiste encontrar allí.
Me gustan los intensos colores de la imagen principal con agradable punto de vista y encuadre realzados por la suave reflexión estéticamente muy apropiada.
Como criticón que soy, creo que las imágenes inferiores han perdido algo de calidad, posiblemente en el post procesado como la definición en la central y una ligera sobre exposición en la flor amarilla.
De todas formas es una interesante e instructiva entrega.
Gracias y un gran saludo... Ricardo

Hi Jose ,
very nice scenery and beautiful colors.
nice flowers with amazing colors.
thanks for sharing my good friend.

Bonjour José
Félicitation pour ce magnifique paysage et ce beau lagon bleu avec ses détails et ses couleurs de toutes beautés ,la composition est très jolie.Et en prime tu nous présentes 3 magnifiques fleurs.

Merci et au revoir...JP

Hello Jose,

Excllent work, great colors bg POV DOF perfect details very crisp excllent composed and capture photo excllent work

TFS Kyle

Perfect lansdscape:) and beautiful flower.


Beautiful lagoon surrounded by rugged looking hills. The dwarfed vegetation at this altitude is quite natural. A very attractive landscape, Jose. All the arduous climbing to reach this spot is worth its while.
The lichen-covered island in the middle of the lake looks like a pyramid to me. Is it man-made?
The collection of wild flowers found at the spot adds valuable information in conjunction with your detailed note.
Thanks and take care.

bonjour jose miguel
l'idée d'accompagner ce beau paysage de la flore qui comporte est tres bonne.
c'est bien fait.

hello jose

very beautiful stereotype I appreciate all these colors in opposition good cheer composition


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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-01-17 15:35]

Hello Jose Miguel,
a wonderful way to show us the vegetation of this area. Your picture is very well composed and full of interesting information. A wonderful mix of a great landscape and very nice close ups.

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-01-17 16:24]
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Hola Jose Miguel
¡Pues sí me hubiera gustado ver los patos! Pero claro, lo mismo también se cansan de subir tan alto! Ji,ji.
Tiene que resultar emocionante encontrar un sitio tan hermoso a tanta altura.
Has hecho una preciosa composición de imagen y la has ilustrado muy bien con una excelente documentación. Te felicito.

Belle photo,d' un beau lagon et de ses fleurs. Amitiés Thomas

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  • Isu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 313 W: 0 N: 21] (1663)
  • [2007-01-17 21:11]

hola jose, perfecta composiciòn, fantasticos colores, buen encuadre. Saludos Sira

Hola Jose,
A wondeful collage with great vivid colors. The view of the mountain lake is wonderful and the different flower give us a great idea of what we can find in the mountian area. I do like the composition of the lake photo. The beautifully shaped rock is perfectly positioned. I have to be honest about the sharpness. The photo seems to lack it and could use more of it.

:) tomorrow

I sincerely had a great time reading those so interesting notes Jose Miguel! This is what TN is about, learning :) I congratulate you for those nice pictures and to have climbed there. You must have had a good time though in such a wonderful place. All those pictures are very well done. I learned many things with this post and I thank you for that.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-01-18 10:19]

Hello JOse,
What a wonderful and sunny presentation! It must be a fantastic place to visit. I love the landscape and the lovely colours and ripples on the water. The flowers are wonderful too. Very well composed!
Many thanks, Ulla

A beautifull view nicely composed with good light and a great selection of nicely arranged flowers great colours TFS best rgds Necip

Hola José Miguel,
El collage es muy bonito y además interesante, buen trabajo. Saludos

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-01-18 16:59]

Hola José Miguel
Bella laguna. El color y la reflexión están perfectamente reproducidas. Las flores en el margen y los detalles en los WS's complementan esta magnífico y estético documento.
Saludos, JM.

hola JOSE
que dire de plus a toi aussi que MAGNIFIQUE, il n'y a rien a ajouter cette photo est superbe
bravo pour tout
amitiès et merci

Hola Jose,
Superb collage photos, the lake and all three flowers/plant.
Well done.

Ben Lakitan

Bel ensemble très didactique.
Bonne journée.

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2007-01-19 13:23]

Beautiful photo of the lagoon with brilliant colors and outstanding exposure.

Preciosos lugar José Miguel, bellos contrastes los de la foto mayor y las de las tres bellezas en forma de plantas en las inferiores.
Admirable naturaleza.
Un saludo, JL.

This is a very interesting presentation Jose. It's nice to see the flower details that would otherwise have been missed in the larger view of the Duck's Lagoon. Nice work.
Evelynn : )

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-01-21 14:37]
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Hi Jose.
This lagune is amazing.See like paradise!Beautiful blue colour and very clean water is unreal.Very nice composition with rock-island and rocks on background.Completion about pictures flowers is very good idea.Have beautiful colours and nice details.Along with landscape is that a splendid presentation hereof amazing laguna de Los Patos.
Congratulate and thanks for sharing.
Greetings Milos

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  • edal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 374 W: 48 N: 413] (1853)
  • [2007-01-22 5:05]

No, no, no, dear Jose! One thing at a time please! First the lake, than the vegetation one by one. We have only 200 K for presentation of an item and you want to "crop" our pleasure of viewing these nice things sharing only a limited space of 200k bytes!
Wonderful colors and sharpness!

A very unusual post with a landscape and some macro shots! The lanscape is very peaceful looking and the composition is perfect with the focal point in exactly the right place. The macro shots look quite detailed and sharp, even at the small size.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-01-22 13:50]

Hi Jose

What a beautiful lagoon, the colours and light in the water are stunning. Nice composition and an added bonus of the flower shots as well



Well taken and presented montage, excellent way to show off this lovely location!


Hi Jose,
It is worth your effort to climb four thousand plus meters to view this wonderful sight. The flowers that you documented along the way also beautiful. All pictures are well in focused and nicely composed.

Hello José Miguel,
a very appealing and informative presentation of a unique and extreme mountain habitat, well composed, with each element profiting from the existence of the others. I like the clear details, the intense naturalistic colours, and that kind of matter of fact presentation plus well describing notes. Thank you!
Best regards,

Excellent presentation, well laid out Jose.
Great macro closeups of the flora with nice colors and good detail. Great view of the lagoon. Exemplary notes to go along with it as well :)
Well done!

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  • delic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 440 W: 6 N: 310] (898)
  • [2007-01-25 15:16]

Hello Jose Miguel,
This is splendid landscape photo with crystal clear water. I find the island amazing-its shape, the part underneath the water,... I like the flowers, too. Sharpness is not graet but you have addressed that in the WS.
Best wishes,

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  • Viera Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 82 W: 0 N: 74] (494)
  • [2007-01-26 6:30]

Hi Jose Miguel,
perfect presentation of laguna,its water has wonderful colour.I like you have added these three photos of the flowers,they are really beautiful.
Your note is also interesting.
Good job.
Best regards,

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  • NellyD Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 237 W: 0 N: 445] (1783)
  • [2007-02-05 18:16]

Hola Jose,

This is a very beautiful landscape and a colourful presentation. I like it very much.
Colours are very bright and lovely, excellent sharpness and details.
Thanks for sharing!

Saludos, Nel

Hello my colleague,
An amazing landscape and great presantation! Wonderful colours on the laguna and beautiful colours! Informative post with photos and information on the notes also. Venezuela really an interesting country to me!

this is incredible...


Hello Jose,
Subject: very interesting area and nice illustration of plants
Composition: good idea of collage
Focus: good
Color: well staurated
Tecnical comments: some grainy effect on the picture, is it oversharpening or too much cropping!?
Great job!
Best greetings and TFS!

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2007-02-19 11:35]

José, this is a very beautiful capture. I like the colage too.

Excellent colors, saturation and contrast.

A pleasure to check.


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  • Bufo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
  • [2007-02-26 16:14]
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HOla Jose Miguel,
muy bonito foto de este lago (so much for my spanish). I think I've been here. I camped the for a night here and my girlfriend really got altitude disease here. We came from merida in just a few hours and had only very little to drink. But the place was superb with great view on the high Andes peaks in between the clouds. Unfortunatly we missed the abundant flowering frailejones (wrong time of the year).
Great one!

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2007-03-05 13:03]

Hi J.M.,
amazing composition, good idea and realize. Fine quality of photos. Interesting note. I like it. Well done.
Gr., Aleksander

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  • sily Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 6 N: 395] (1934)
  • [2007-03-21 8:31]

Hi Jose!
What a marvelous view, nicely composed poster and perfect selection of colors,I love this composition of multiple photos, I am making some now myself, you have seen.Interesting and useful note TFS!

Hola Jose Miguel !
This is probably one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen ! Seems to come out diorectly from one of my beautiful dreams ! :-) Composition, POV, colors, everything is perfect, and I love the addition of the flowers at the bittom of the picture. Great idea to make this collage. Very well done !

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  • mlines Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 556 W: 26 N: 668] (3116)
  • [2007-04-18 17:23]

Hi Jose. Good natural scene with 3 good insets adding to the interest. Good clarity and colours throughout. TFS. Murray.

Hola José, Nice work here, well done!!!I'll be in Caracas by October, is there amy natural (Rainforest) park close by? Any frog house?
Saludos, Luís.

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  • reina Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 257 W: 1 N: 330] (2032)
  • [2007-06-03 15:34]

Hi Jose great posting.I visited Merida and more of Venezuela ten years ago, one of my most impressive trips ever. The biodiversitie is amazing. Hope you make more of these great postings!
Thanks for sharing Reina

Hello JM,
This is an interestinge idea, showing both the flowers and the a wider view of the habitat!
Good deatils in the flower captures, and the landscape is beautiful with great colours!
Pablo -

very nice combination and an excelent way to show the habitat and its natural treasures. greetings Ori

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-12-02 18:58]

Hi Jose,
Just marking this wonderful post from you and will return with a proper critique later. Sorry, work pressure.

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