Aerial images from Mitsubishi Cup – Paulínia 2011

This is a short sample gallery of aerial images shot on the Mitsubishi Cup that was held in Paulínia (São Paulo – Brazil) last weekend.

The Mitsubishi Cup is a Brazilian cross-country rally circuit on it’s 12th yearly season with seven races to be held in different towns around the country in 2011.

We have been covering Brazilian-Mitsubishi rallies for quite a few years now and as usual, the opening race of the season brings something different. Last weekend we had an awesome brand new circuit built by the Mitsubishi team in Paulínia, a small but promising town in the São Paulo state country side.

68 teams raced across the 15 Km high-speed-dusty circuit crowning Cristian Baumgart and Beco Andreotti as the overall winners.

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Patagonian Poplars – Picture of the Day

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Aerial view of a Black Poplar (Populus nigra L.) plantation on the outskirts of Bariloche. Río Negro, Argentina. Wednesday, May 9, 2007.

Though native to Europe, Southwest and Central Asia and Northwest Africa, Poplar trees have been widespread on South America’s Patagonian region after their introduction by the Spanish conquistadors. When the specie first arrived, probably brought from Chile to Argentina in the late XV century, they where used mainly as wind fences planted in tight rows, as these fast growing trees survived the harsh climatic conditions that reigned there. A while later, in the Northen Patagonian areas, the wood that was becoming available from these trees begun to move a small timber industry, centered on the production of boxes for the growing twentieth century’s fruit plantations. In some areas of Argentina, growing poplars for the paper industry became an important economic activity, which in it’s own time actually highly depreciated the price of the wood. On the South though, the Black Poplars are almost always a synonym of human settlement, seen from far away by the Patagonian traveller that comes from the desolated steppes, they protect the isolated ranches from the incessant blowing southern winds.

Nikon D2x camera and Nikkor 70-200mm AF-S VR f/2.8 lens at ISO 125, 1/1250 sec. and f/3.5.