Sunday, December 26, 2010

Ink Cap



Help. I can't remember the name of these little beauties. I used to call them fungi, but then someone corrected me. Sorry, I lost the response. Later: See Joan's comment.

Thrush



Few can sing as well as a thrush.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Frog x Snake x Me






A strange noise coming from the woods next to my office at the Arboretum; the dog that hangs out there was whimpering and showed reluctance to get any closer to the source of the disturbance. "Sounds like a cat in distress", I thought to myself. After hearing the sounds for a few minutes, I decided to have a closer look. To my surprise, I discovered a "papo-ovo" snake latched on to a rather large frog. The attack may have been going on for some time because the frog's right hind leg was swollen up and the anus of the frog bloody. Click on the images for enlargements. I decided to come to the frog's rescue by nudging it gently with my boot. It immediately released the frog and went for me. Third image. The frog remained put for a few seconds and then quickly jumped away to disappear into the woods nearby. I was impressed how fast the snake ran after it. It had no intention of losing lunch. I would like to think that the frog escaped, but I think it was much to crippled to to do so. The situation wasn't really any of my business, but I felt sorry for the frog.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Thursday, December 09, 2010

TEMA group visits the Bosque



It was great to see Sr. Hagen, tour coordinator for TEMA, a few days ago. TEMA is a prominent eco-tourism company out of Sweden. Most of their clients are from the Scandinavian countries. They present an Amazonian tour at least four times per year. Bosque Santa Lúcia is one of their stops out of Santarém. Image, Hagen with his favorite pet, the Amazonian pink dolphin.

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Friday, October 29, 2010

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Peperomia



This peperomia is so new, it hasn't had time to gather dust from the nearby road. I'm really not certain as to the name of the vine. I've seen it listed as "peperomia" in some books, but then I've heard that it may be incorrect.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Lilies




Somewhat depressed by the intense heat, lack of rain and an overload of dust from the nearby road, these Amarillo lilies brought relief to my eyes.

Stellar architects



Stellar architects. A string of nests welded to a single metal chime above, less than the diameter of a pencil.