Swamp Things

When we first arrived at this lodge, Bode announced that he was going to ‘work’ here. He immediately ran into the kitchen like he owned the place an announced his intentions. It was a big hit.

Pretty smart move, actually. Making friends with the kitchen staff has benefits. Any time he wanted something, he got it.

Anyway, more animal watching today. The variety of animal life here is pretty astounding – especially the birds. I’m no “birder” – just the idea lulls me the sleep – but I can start to see how this can be interesting.  Giant falcons roosting in treetops. Massive storks guarding their huge nests (for the record, there were none carrying newborn children or eating pickles). Toucans flying overhead. All sorts of birds diving in the water. Lot’s of activity. If you don’t want to look up, you can look down and watch pink dolphins. Yes, pink dolphins.

At some point during the day, we tried to see just how dirty Bode could get. It wasn’t really our choice, but we’re in a swamp for Pete’s sake. A kid can get pretty dirty… that doesn’t make us bad parents. When his 4-year-old buddy loaned him his machete and we took photos instead of taking it away immediately… that makes us bad parents. Ah, boys and their machetes.

Later, we went out to check out the swamp at night. Spotting caiman eyes with flashlights was pretty cool. Mostly, it was just an excuse to watch the sunset in the swamp.

And, it wasn’t long before Bode really did seem to be working here. “You’re going to drive the boat today, kid?” Claro.

 

3 thoughts on “Swamp Things

  • June 7, 2011 at 11:08 AM
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    Wow, that heron in flight shot is great, but the “ease of life” look on your face as you boat down the river has to be my favorite. Thanks guys! You made my work day just that much harder 😉

  • June 7, 2011 at 2:55 PM
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    That sounds great. I’m always a bit hesitant to camp next to swamps because of the mosquitoes. Were they a problem for you? One night when we camped next to a a swamp it the buzz from the mosquitoes was so loud it sounded likk a swarm of bees!

  • June 7, 2011 at 3:54 PM
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    Elliot – Bode is chauffeuring us around a swamp in Amazonia. Things are pretty good!

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