Wild and Civilized

Buenos Aires viewed from the Reserva Ecológica Costanera Sur.

If I were a writer, I’d write a steampunk story about early adventurers hacking their way through the jungle and, brushing away the very last big branches with their machetes, they’d come upon this view. Surprise would spread on their faces, as they observed this futuristic city from afar, before daring to approach…

In reality, this photo was taken from a nature reserve by the shore of the Río de la Plata, close to the upscale Puerto Madero area of Buenos Aires. The reserve resembles a large park, except that it has some jungle and swamp. Our guidebook told us that it’s a popular place for picnics – while we didn’t see any good spots for a picnic, we did see plenty of joggers, bicycle riders, and sunbathers.

We could hear a plethora of birds and insects but didn’t see any animals, except a large lizard crossing the sandy path in front of us. I think it was a tegu. And I saw a beautiful turquoise-black colibri, for the briefest split-second, then it was gone.

I thought it was pretty amazing that the city had kept this part of it so wild and natural. You really could imagine what this area would have been like before it became urbanized. I obviously like to get lost in daydreams, so this place was inspiring, to say the least!

Participating in the Half and Half challenge

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25 responses to “Wild and Civilized

    • Haha, thanks! 🙂 I do love writing but find it hard to write long, consistent stories these days – I seem to be jumping all over the place! Maybe one day I’ll write that story… I love what you’re doing in your blog! Though your posts are part of a larger book you’re doing, aren’t they?

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  1. Lovely contrast between the wild area and the ‘tamed’ or civilised. Your opening paragraph is excellent, and I’m now hoping you’re going to write that steampunk story!

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  2. What a great, inspiring photo for the challenge. It works so well! I never would have thought of this angle. If you could hear all those insects, you can bet the place probably had lots of wild animals! Lovely photo.

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    • Thanks for the compliments! 🙂 I think we were probably too loud, though we were trying to be very quiet, and so they all hid… Same thing happened at Iguazu falls, on a jungle trail we took a short hike on. There was supposed to be lots of wildlife, but we didn’t really manage to spot any. If they had wildlife webcams, it would be nice to see what it’s really like if left in peace! Thanks for visiting 🙂

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    • Thanks so much! 🙂 I’m happy if anyone at all reads my posts here. I haven’t ever written for any magazines and I’m so flattered to even think that a fellow blogger might think them interesting enough 🙂 I do love writing, but I tend to post a lot of photos because they are easier and quicker to do. Plan on writing a bit more, too, in the future… Your comment is very encouraging!

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  3. I pressed “send” too soon. I really enjoyed this post. And you should honestly consider writing for a travel magazine.

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    • Thanks for stopping by and leaving such a nice and inspiring comment! I really am blushing. Blogging and especially other awesome bloggERS really have inspired me to at least try to write here on my blog 🙂 This has become such a relaxing, creative (but also time consuming) hobby. Now you guys made me wonder about those magazines, hmm… How awesome would that be?! (I now have a new topic to daydream about! haha!)

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    • Me too! I’m a big fan of parks in cities, gardens and anything green and flowery! I like how sometimes, in parks in large cities, you can see the city’s buildings in the background (kind of like in this photo), there’s such a contrast there!

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