Introduction

This page is intended to be a sort of nature diary with pictures of the highlands of Chiapas where I live. I will add details if and when I get time.

One of the fascinating aspects of living in what is a tropical region but at 2200 m is watching the changing seasons. When I first arrived I assumed that familiar definitions of winter, spring, summer and autumn would simply not apply. In one sense they don’t. The daily temperature fluctuations are much greater than the annual variation in mean monthly temperatures (see figure 1 and 2). But that doesn’t mean that there is no “winter” or “spring”. The highlands of Chiapas have quite clearly marked seasons and many of the plants of temperate origin respond to the changes in much the same way as they would at higher latitudes.

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