I should have mentioned that Bahia, closer to the equator than Minas Gerais and Rio Grande do Sul, does not participate in moving clocks twice a year between summer and winter time. As a result, we one hour further behind the UK’s current winter time; 3 hours different.
Marlon had asked if we could make an earlier than usual start, so although the clocks suggested that it was early, our body clocks, still on MG time, did not notice any difference.
Last night we had passed a number of stalls along BR-116 where articles on display included pottery, an array of straw hats and … cacti – dug up from nature and offered for sale. I had seen this in 1999 but we never stopped to take pictures, so we remedied this with our first stop of the day, S1582. Marlon explained to the sellers that we were foreign tourists and were unable to take heavy pottery and plants with us, but they were very happy for us just to take pictures. The plants on display provided a good indication of what nature had to offer here: Melocactus bahiensis and M. ernestii (including an unusual tall thin form that Marlon has not seen in nature, Pilosocereus gounellei, including many crested plants and Tacinga inamoena, with several plants in flower.
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S1586 John’s Quarry. The John in question is John Hughes from the UK who stumbled upon this location when he was waiting to meet Marlon in Jequié in 2001. This is an amazing place, an old quarry, last worked some thirty – forty years ago, that nature has reclaimed since with walls full of (mainly) Melocactus.
S1567 was for plants seen along the road between John’s Quarry and BR-116.
In the mean time, here are some pictures of ‘John’s Quarry’. Members of the BCSS will need to look through their journals for Marlon’s article about this a few years back.