Cattle country

Cattle country

NE of Matagalpa. It`s amazing how green it is here so late in the dry season. the Segovias look like a desert right now.

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drive up that way often..going to waslala..

cannt belive the dif. between the east side of meta. and the west..if i was going to live up there..it would be on the west side..im a green person

Always look at the land in March or April

If it's green then, it's green all year round.

Rebecca Brown

This last trip?

Right time of day for that kind of photo.

Rebecca Brown

Yep

This is a very pretty area with good road access. I was surprized when I got home and checked the geotagger on my photos that the elevation was so low, 350-650 meters, for so much cool and green.

``Socialism works fine until you run out of other peoples` money``

Margaret Thatcher

That pasture looks relatively low

Maybe the area is in the opposite of a rain shadow. Higher elevations can take or give, depending on prevailing winds. Also, further north and west may have longer dry seasons. Climate in the mountains can be different from one ridge to the next.

Rebecca Brown

Generally

I`ve found in norcentro that the weather gets wetter as one goes east. I see this very well with epiphytic cactus-- the more delicate ones don`t live in Tisey or even Miraflor. They like Jinotega and Matagalpa. With one species that lives in the whole area, the biggest specimens are found to the east, the ones in the west just seem to be hanging on.

I think the eastern mountains are getting Caribbean moisture in addition to Pacific moisture. I can see this pattern on the weather maps. Elevation is the big factor in temperature, but rainfall patterns and cloud cover are big factors in plant growth.

``Socialism works fine until you run out of other peoples` money``

Margaret Thatcher

Crest of the ridge between Jinotega and Matagalpa is a bit

…over 5,000 feet and stays green. I don't know what you have in Miraflor and Tisey is drier than Miraflor from what I've read. We have our heaviest rains coming one direction (west to east?) and more common and less heavy rain coming from the south east. Parts of the department have rainforest levels of rain; the city of Jinotega isn't that much wetter than the DC area (much to my surprise).

Haven't looked at a topographical map to see how the land lies toward the Caribbean side, but checking that's easy enough as I've got a topo map for CA on my tablet. Somewhat of a break in the mountans between Matiguas and Santa Fe almost into Matagalpa. Another lower area near La Dalia to Los Milagros and down to the Rio Blanco. Interesting -- the topos I have are dated as far as roads and some newer lakes, but the mountains haven't changed. It's from Google Play for Android. Don't know what else might be available.

Rebecca Brown