Saludos de Argentina

I was hoping somebody might try to guess in which city the photos in the previous post were taken, but nobody took the bait.  My allusion to a population of 13.1 million people makes for a rather short list, and in fact they were taken in Buenos Aires, Argentina.  I’m on another business trip, and though I’ve traveled to Argentina numerous times, all of my previous trips were prior to my owning a camera of any kind.  This trip is turning out to be much more frenetic than my Brazil trip of this past January, with not near as much time or opportunity to wander the gardens looking for insects to photograph; however, I did have a full day to myself in Buenos Aires yesterday, which was spent in its entirety at the nearby Reserva Ecológica Costanera Sur.  It’s summer here, although there is definitely a late-season, temperate feel to it.  Nevertheless, I found a number of interesting insects to photograph, and I promise to share some of those photos in the coming weeks.  For now, I hope you’ll indulge me a few more traditional sightseeing photos of what I consider to be one of the world’s most beautiful mega-cities.  I’m not sure when I’ll get to update again – I’m traveling to a number of locations in the country’s interior, and internet service in the places I’ve been and will be over the next week is usually either expensive or non-existent.

''Palo boraccho'' (Chorisia speciosa) trees (background) in full bloom in Plaza de San Martin

The elegant ''Calle Florida" in Buenos Aires centro.

''Galeria Pacifico'' on calle Florida - a national historic monument.

Puerto Madero Waterfront on the Rio de la Plata boasts trendy architecture and upscale restaurants.

''Puente de la Mujer'' (Woman's Bridge) on the Puerto Madero Waterfront. Commissioned in 2001, this unique asymmetrical cantilever pedestrian bridge is also a swing bridge that rotates 90 degrees to allow water traffic to pass.

Early morning view from my hotel room in the heart of Buenos Aires.

Las Nazarenas - my favorite restaurant in all of Argentina - serves traditional Argentine meats and wine.

Can you guess what is the botanical representation of this sculpture in the Puerto Madero district?

Copyright © Ted C. MacRae 2011

About Ted C. MacRae

Ted C. MacRae is a research entomologist by vocation and beetle taxonomist by avocation. Areas of expertise in the latter include worldwide jewel beetles (Buprestidae) and North American longhorned beetles (Cerambycidae). More recent work has focused on North American tiger beetles (Cicindelidae) and their distribution, ecology, and conservation.
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6 Responses to Saludos de Argentina

  1. John Oliver says:

    Nice post and pictures Ted. Buenos Aires is a great city, I hope you get some time to enjoy it. The flower sculpture looks like a passion flower (Passiflora).

  2. The sculpture looks like some sort of passion flower to me.

  3. Dave says:

    It’s too exciting to to see all the sun, greenery, and active animals at BitB. I can only look for short periods, so scrolling to the bottom passionflower took days. Could be Wingstem passion vine (Passiflora alata), though, a cultivated species with a red flower. Now I need to look at some snow until I calm down.

    • I’m about overwhelmed by my summer experiences during this past winter as well. I doubt I’ll be able to share everything before our own greenery returns.

      Wingstem is a rather palpable suggestion – 2 pts for you!

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