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The photograph is looking north into a valley of open canopy Chilean Wine Palms, an endangered tree endemic to a narrow range of central Chile. Foreground is an arid scrub. In the image upper right is an individual Chilean Wine Palm.

The well armored Yulupa Creek is totally dry at a late stage of the water year, indicating scarce precipitation in this 2008/2009 water year in California. Species observed in this reach of the watershed include Creambush, Redberry, Coastal woodfern and Fragile fern.

This broad arid plain is grazed by Guanaco and Rhea. This portion of the steppes is almost treeless, save for some sparsely distributed scrub Nothofagus.

Looking inland across the Seno Otway coastal plain, one sees an extensive burrow breeding colony for the Magellanic Penguin. This photograph was acquired toward the end of the breeding season, when only about ten percent of the colony is still on land.

This is a low altitude aerial photo looking southeast down into the rift zone into which the falls flow, along the Zambia/Zimbabwe border.

This photo was taken from within the Kwando River in Namibian waters. The treeline on the horizon is a strip of riverine forest within Namibia. Prominent trees within the riparian zone here are Leadwood and Poison-pod Albizia.

Image looks upstream at the clear waters of Copeland Creek within the Fairfield Osborn Preserve. Note the elaborate natural stone armoring of the streambed, which results in significant erosion control and provision of habitat for numerous amphibians.

A sliver of the Pacific Ocean is seen through a ravine covered with scattered Torrey Pine, a rare and endangered California endemic, amid an ecosystem of Southern California Coastal Scrub. This location is one of only two colonies of Torrey Pine, both of which are located in Southern California.


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