The Amazon rainforest has a way of rewarding those who wake up early. Though this is very hard to remember when your alarm is going off at 4:15am. Rose colored sunrise at @losamigosbiologicalstation
How many coatis can you count? I keep losing track! Did you know a group of coatis is called a band? Females, young males and offspring often travel in bands of up to 30 individuals foraging together for food while adult males are often solitary only joining these groups during mating periods. This band was capture on my trail camera in beautiful terra firme forest at LPAC (@amazon_center).
I could get a little lost staring into the eyes of this female howler.
Have you ever noticed that other primates - besides humans - do not have a white sclera around their colored iris and pupil? Humans lack pigment in the sclera while other primates have pigmented sclerae that are brown or dark in color. Why is that? Many researchers from different fields have asked this question and there are numerous hypotheses. The first is that the eye's distinctive visible characteristics evolved to make it easier for humans to follow another's gaze while communicating or while working together on tasks. This is known as the cooperative eye hypothesis. Turns out humans depend more on eye movements than head movements when trying to follow the gaze of another - and this is exacerbated by the contrast of a white sclera. However, others have hypothesized that the white sclera are a sign of good health, useful in mate selection, or that eye visibility promotes altruistic behavior by letting people know they are being watched. At this point, we don't know which is correct or if they are mutually exclusive of one another.
Here you can see the dark colored sclera in this red howler monkey, Alouatta sara. This particular female is being rehabilitated at Taricaya Eco Reserve (@taricaya.eco.reserve). She was released into the wild but she routinely stays with a group of howlers who have yet to be released. (caption by @wdhelenb)
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When you get to see an emperor tamarin monkey, you consider yourself lucky! This individual scent marked this bamboo stand by rubbing its chest (where they have scent glands) against it before moving further into the rainforest at Los Amigos Biological Station. @losamigosbiologicalstation #emperortamarin #tamarin #monkey #primate #monkeysofinstagram #saguinus #saguinusimperator #monkeyphotography #primatephotography #wildlifephotography #conservation #conservationphotography #rainforest #amazonrainforest #jungle #explore #discover #losamigosbiologicalstation
An ocelot pants during a hot afternoon at Taricaya Rescue Center. While it’s usually very sad circumstances (poaching and pet trade) that bring wildlife to rehabilitation centers, it’s an incredible experience to be able to observe normally elusive jungle animals like this ocelot up close. Check out the awesome work at @taricaya.eco.reserve to learn more about their rehabilitation and rescue efforts.
I’m currently making more work in the Amazon, but in the meantime I’m excited to have two of my jungle photographs included in “On the Verge” exhibition at @atlantaphotographygroup. Can’t wait to check out the show when I get home! #apggallery #atlanta #photography #amazonrainforest #jungle #landscapephotography #documentaryphotography #conservationphotography
We leave tomorrow for Peru! Looking forward to new adventures in familiar and unfamiliar places with new and old friends. As always, hoping for lots of (night) monkey sightings!
Sand-colored nighthawks (Chordeiles rupestris) roost on a fallen tree along the Madre de Dios River in Manu National Park, Peru. Nighthawks leave their roosts at night to hunt insects.
Have you ever woken up to the sound of titi monkeys? It’s quite an experience. Looking forward to seeing these noisy buddies again in a couple of weeks.
I started following a bird call I didn’t recognize on a hike recently and was delighted to find this summer tanager (Piranga rubra) who was later joined by a female. Summer tanagers, formerly classified in the tanager family, are now recognized as being part of the cardinal family because of their plumage and vocalizations.
Part of the excitement of travel is the trip planning and anticipation of adventure!
A white-tail deer buck seen on an evening walk.
Why, that’s the most perfectly intact snake skin I’ve ever seen. The eye sockets and mouth were still perfectly formed.
I made this image of Will the first summer we met. It’s now on display as part of the “Reverie” exhibition @atlantaphotographygroup. Honored to be among the artists represented. Super thanks to @digitalartsstudio who managed to help me print in time (despite being in Peru without the file). #atlantaphotographygroup #gallery #makeart #fineartphotography #documentaryphotography #reverie #daydream #summer #print #nikon #exhibition #photoexhibition #atlanta #atlantaart
Dusk settling over Las Piedras, Peru. @amazon_center
Spider monkeys have a way of making most days brighter. This individual was photographed at beautiful LPAC (@amazon_center).
Tiny, feisty Saddle-back tamarins are often hard to photograph because they bounce back and forth between trees so quickly. Lucky for me, this one paused momentarily to eat.
Come to the woods, for here is rest. ~ John Muir. Some spaces you enter and immediately feel more at peace. This section of forest at Manu Learning Center (@creesfoundation) was one of those places for me.
Still one of my favorite wildlife encounters was a giant anteater I saw during a sun shower at Las Piedras Amazon Center (@amazon_center). The anteater must have not seen or heard me and my smell must not have caused alarm, because it got within a meter of me while I stood still and photographing it. I finally had to move slowly so it could see me. I was a bit spellbound the rest of the day.
When your day starts like this, it’s hard not to be in a good mood.