The Sounds of the Jungle

Trip Start May 20, 2010
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Trip End Sep 05, 2011


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Monday, June 6, 2011

DOMINIQUE HERE:

Day : 383
Temperature : Still 33 degrees
Weather : Hot and humid

It's virtually impossible to put into words the sounds of the jungle. It's like no where else, a unique noise. The sounds here appear to echo and reverberate all around you resulting in a spooky yet magical atmosphere. The animals have the most unusual calls, from whistling bears and grunting birds. Then there is the rising "dwoop dwoop dwoop" a thousands frogs, the "caw caw" of the macaws flying overhead and an occasional hollow, watery noise, like a droplet of water falling into a full bath tub in an empty bathroom, this noise believe it or not also comes from a bird.

Add to this the image of the glistening, gleaming Amazon River, with it's waters as flat and reflective as a mirror, the steam rising from the ground after a tropical downpour, and the mist and cloud hanging low in the skies hugging the forest canopy. Imagine the towering thunderhead clouds turning every imagineable shade of orange, pink and violet as the sun dips lower into the skies as the day comes to an end. And now you have 10% of an idea of what it's like to be in the jungle. It's amazing!

Today we rose at sunrise, in time for another spectacular light show, and crossed the Amazon to an island where we spent 3 hours bird watching with a guide. We travelled up a small stream, strewn with logs and debris, until we reached the most beautiful lake in the middle of the island. As the guide turned the motor engine off we sat in silence listening to the noises, imagining the crocodiles underwater, and watching a few of the 200 different species of birds which exist on this island alone.

It was as if it were just us and the jungle and nothing else existed.


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