Conservation photography of the Giant River Otter in the upper Amazon basin

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The critically endangered Giant River Otter (Pteronura brasiliensis) is restricted to the drainages of the Orinoco and Amazon river basins in South America and among the largest of the aquatic mammals to inhabit these neotropical rainforests.  The giant otter measures approximately 2 meters from snout to the tip of its tail. They have been observed eating caiman and anacondas in...

Culturally-responsive photography in the Añangu community

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Jorge Rivadeneyra, elder of the Añangu lowland Quichua community and chief guide for their Napo Wildlife Center ecotourism operation, shows Cristian a bird. The three of us were gathered on the broad sandy beach which is a population playground for the children of the community by the mouth of the Añanguyacu at the Napo river. The Añangu Communal Reserve is...

What’s in a canoe?

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I enjoy sharing some of the human stories behind my work and my efforts to illustrate traditional ecological knowledge. My work focuses on biocultural topics. There is a story of indigenous science in the image below. These lowland Quichua men prefer this local tree known as "canela." That's my friend Luis Yumbo at the helm. This group trees (Ocotea spp.)...

Keep Ecuador’s Topo River Wild and Free Flowing

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It is expected that the Ecuadorian government is still considering the environmental license for the Topo Hydroelectric Project, a project which would devastate a pristine watershed. This will allow the project to begin construction, despite widespread local opposition. Please help us to voice your concern about the decision to develop the Topo Hydroelectric Project and persuade the President and government...

Spiders are Beautiful!

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This spider is known as the Huntsman, and I photographed this it in Yasuní National Park one of my night hikes. Participants in my tours consistently enjoy the discoveries made at night on the trails adjacent to our lodge, when amphibians and other small hunters come out before our cameras. Measuring about four to five inches in length, it is...

Orchid Paradise

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In the seldom visited mountains high above Banos, a popular resort community poised between Ecuador's Amazon and Andean environments, lie spectacular flora seen but not yet known to science, including orchids much like the one I photographed here.  As is the scenario for all too many species, before science can save this flora, like-minded people must secure the land on...

River Conservation

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It's a small country indeed, but imagine flattening out a crumpled piece of paper, and you begin to appreciate the tremendous land area held in Ecuador.  This Andean nation, whose volcanic spine drops quickly down transitional ranges to Pacific coast and Amazon basin is the most biologically diverse for acre of any country in the world. Cloud forests and wet...

Wild Cocoa

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I photographed this wild cocoa plant (Herrania sp., Family Sterculiaceae) in primary rainforest near Pañacocha lagoon (Pañayacu river drainage) in Ecuador's Sucumbios Province. I was captivated by the tentacle-like appendages of the petals set against the shadowed forest interior. The extended petals may attact pollinating insects. It is a close relative of the cocoa plant (genus Theobroma) which produces a...

Here’s my Rainforest Conservation Photography Blog!

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Greetings All, I'm enjoying the immediacy of this blog already - what a great way to communicate with editors and workshop participants alike!  You know it was only in July 2006 that I fully converted to digital photography.  Blogs are just another part of the new digital technology and online publishing.  I recently attended Photo District New's "On the Road"seminar...

The Jatun Sacha Foundation of Ecuador – Empowering Local Communities to Protect their Rainforest

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For over 20 years, the unsung botanists and agroforestry experts of the Jatun Sacha Foundation field station in Amazonian Ecuador have been using local rainforests as a living laboratory for experimental forestry and restoration. I’ve been creating a series of images in which I hope to convey how Jatun Sacha has built a stronger community as well. Local lowland Quichua...