With great faith and devotion, I want to thank Saint Isidor the Laborer with this retablo for he saved all my flowers during that strong hailstorm that fell on my fields. I was afraid I lost all the flowers but thanks to his divine intervention they all were saved. Now I can take them to the market and sell.
The Hernandez brothers, Panfilo and Silvestre, bring this retablo to Saint Isidor the Labourer because they managed to buy some land in their village for the money they’d earned as farm-workers in USA.
concluded the Eastern Andes Ecuador tour with Andean Condors at close range,
stellar views of a Black-and-Chestnut Eagle and two Spectacled Bears, just to
mention a few of the highlights!
This is the
San Isidro “Mystery” Owl that we photographed during the tour. It is a
spectacular large owl of the genus Ciccaba and possibly involves a new species
to science. It is very closely related to Black-banded Owl found in the
Amazonian lowlands. Interestingly, this mystery owl is a resident in the subtropical
cloud-forest of the eastern Andes at 2100m elevation, which is higher than the
normal distribution of Black-banded Owl. It seems that the mystery owls at
Cabañas San Isidro also slightly differ in their plumage from the typical
Black-banded. A “quick-and-dirty” DNA analysis from a few years back revealed
some genetic differences between the mystery owl and Black-banded Owl, but
further research has been stopped. Therefore, the true identity of this
intriguing owl remains a mystery until someone picks up this “cold case” in