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Joy of the Jungle – the amazing Amazon

February 29, 2016

This was reblogged by Christian Mihal, but for unknown reasons the photos did not show up. Luckily, they appeared on the original site. They are gorgeous and I would have hate to miss them.

Adventures in Wonderland

13-21 February 2014. Wearing headlamps, we shoved our feet into our knee-high rubber boots, and following our guide and his flashlight, headed out into the nighttime jungle darkness behind the lodge. Within seconds: ‘here, come here’ he suddenly whispered and shone his beam onto the trunk of a tree. There caught in the light in full view: an enormous hairy tarantula. The real thing, all bristling black and gray and as big as your palm. Wow. Just like that we’d seen a tarantula, and not a hundred metres from where we’d be sleeping. I tried not to think about it. Suddenly, again, the whispered ‘here, come here’. This time it was a scorpion. Almost as big as your palm and with tail raised. As we continued on our guide pointed out a line of cutter ants each carrying a piece of leaf that waved above it like a green sail…

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