Out of the Amazon

Trip Start Aug 22, 2012
Trip End Jun 16, 2013

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Saturday, September 8, 2012

Life in the jungle is simple - especially when we are being looked after so well at the Napo Wildlife Centre and our mission is to see wildlife.  During lunch one day, Ryan - the visiting filmmaker - excitedly pointed out the river otters fishing in the lake while a 15-foot long caiman hovered around looking awfully hungry.

A visit to two local clay licks demonstrated a frenzy of hundreds of parrot and parakeets scrambling to ingest clay (that helps them to process the toxins from the seeds they eat) while not getting eaten themselves by any number of predators. The scenes were fascinating.  Our evening canoe to see more otters and, once dark, the shimmering red eyes of the baby caimen was beyond description.

We were fortunate during our Amazon stay - we saw 7 of the 10 species of monkeys in the area plus many birds, reptiles and insects - thanks to the skill of our guides.

On our way out Friday morning at 6:00am, as our guides paddled our small group out, I was struck by the beauty of one of the most diverse biospheres in the world.  As we sat in silence listening to the sounds of the forest, sunbeams made their way through the thick canopy to spotlight the water on which we floated. Will we be able to, as a human collective, maintain and preserve those parts of our earth that are so rich and fragile?
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Janice MacInnis on

Thank you so much for the vivid descriptions and breath-taking photos. You both have a knack!

And we wish you were here, too!!!

Janice G on

I wish I was THERE... ;-)

Margaret on

I am SO enjoying your blog! I feel as if I'm travelling along with you.

Jojo Sembinelli on

Amazing pictures. Captures the feeLing and heart beat of your truly
Adventure.. The pulse and rythum is something that u have encompassed
And embraced. Felt like I am right there with u guys. Enjoy its magic
Love Jojoxoxo

Katharine on

Your photos are inspiring me to get a new camera and take lessons. Wow - National Geographic will be knocking on your door. Nice partnering of photos and writing, you two.

Trish O'Brien on

Honestly these pictures bring tears to my eyes! They are so stunning. Thanks for sharing them and thanks for your words give even more understanding of what it's like to be there. Good times.....

Leigh Miller on

Every picture I looked at I found myself oohing and aahing over - so beautiful! Donna, your words are so descriptive - it's magic!

Ken on

Fabulous photos. You should be syndicating these with the Chronicle Herald.

Raissa and Trevor on

Hi Donna. I'm so happy you made it to Napo. Looks like you had an
AMAZING experience there! Great weather and your pics are beautiful.
Looks like you saw more of the river otters than we did. We only saw them
once. Did you go swimming? I think one of my favorite things were the leaf
cutter ants. I thought the bullet ants were kind of cool too in a super scary
kind of way. Can hardly wait to see more.

Sylvia Fairchild on

Totally enjoying following you in your adventure. Keep the pics and stories coming. Happy Travels!!

donnajimtravels on

We did NOT go swimming at Napo Wildlife Center as it is now forbidden due to the increase in numbers and size of the caiman in the lake. They told us it was very unsafe to swim so we didn't even think about it.

Sue Walker on

Tony and I just spent 45 minutes looking at your blog and Photos WOW WOW WOW simply spectacular Jim you give National Geographic photographers a run for their money. You most certainly need to submit these photos. We love sharing this awesome experience with you guys Thanks a Million xoxoxo

Cathy on

Amazing, what beautiful photos and yet again, another adventure, you both are inspirational. I hope you are pausing every now and then and going WTF?

AND hugging and kissing each other:)

Jessica Neale on

Donna you sit in silence?

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