Franklin the Travel Bear at the Heliconia Reserve on the River Javari in Brazil. For those unfamiliar with Franklin, he travels with us all over the world and has his picture taken. Look for him in other photos from this trip.
This was our humble abode at the Heliconia Reserve.
View from the front porch at our cabin at the Heliconia Reserve.
LaNita sleeps under mosquito netting as the sun's early morning rays penetrate the Amazon rain forest canopy.
This is our bathroom. Notice the lack of a wall. It certainly changes what one thinks when answering the call of nature.
Morning at the Heliconia Reserve in the Amazon rain forest.
Eric & LaNita Hazard at the Heliconia Reserve on the River Javari in Brazil.
Heliconia Reserve on the River Javari in Brazil.
LaNita at the Heliconia Reserve on the River Javari in Brazil.
Eric at the Heliconia Reserve on the River Javari in Brazil.
Deep into the Amazon jungle near the River Javari in Brazil.
Guillermo our guide pulls a piece of bark from a rain forest tree to explain its de-oxygenating property. Locals use this to fish with, stunning the fish to the surface and then collecting them.
This tree cry this milky substance that helps cure some sort of ailment.
Amazon rain forest expedition.
A rubber tree in the Amazon jungle near the River Javari in Brazil
Eric & LaNita Hazard in the Amazon jungle near the River Javari in Brazil.
This interesting seed pod is used by locals as an ashtray.
This has to be one of the ugliest fish you've ever seen.
And when one see an ugly fish, one must immediately pick it up and make funny faces with it.
Funny faces with ugly river fish.
Guillermo makes funny faces with ugly river fish.
It may be ugly, but it also makes for a tasty soup.
To the canoes. We paddled around the locals bayous and oxbow lakes that are part of the River Javari river system and the greater Amazon rain forest.
River flora near the River Javari.
One of the others in our group paddling his canoe.
Our trusty boat for our River Javari/Amazon jungle trip. We spent five hours on this boat getting to the reserve in the pitch black.
LaNita's on a boat.
I'm on a boat!
Fishing expedition on the Javari river bayous.
Our guide Santiago prepares some bait for the fish. And by bait I mean pieces of other fish. Worked like a charm, we could hardly keep up with all the fish we pulled out of the water.
It really is a lovely fish. Didn't exactly feed the village with is one.
Now we're talking, Amazonian catfish. Let's fry this puppy up!
Fishing in the River Javari system.
Piranha! We ate a lot of these little buggers during our trip. They're breaded with corn meal and fried up like catfish. Rather tasty.
Piranha! Real vicious.
The famed teeth of the piranha.
Guillermo our guide holds up the boat's catch.
Hey kids, we're eating dinner tonight. A successful day of fishing in the River Javari system.
Remember those fish? They were tasty!
I have no idea what this fruit is called, but it makes for one tasty juice.
Caiman hunting by flashlight in the River Javari river system.
Me holding a small caiman after our guide Santiago drug them out of the river.
Guillermo our guide administers some magical Amazonian powder. Supposed to clear the sinuses. Uh-huh, yeah, sure, "sinuses."
Some of the many artifacts Guillermo carries around in his museum.
Local rainforest seed pod
This is the bark of a rain forest tree the local will use to make a mask. So I tried it on.
Our lodge at night. Picasa made the photo too dark. Ugh.
The main lodge at the Heliconia Reserve at night. Picasa is darkening my photos and I'm not sure why.
Playing with "light painting" by keeping the shutter open and using flashlights to paint our subjects with light.
That little hump barely evident in midstream is a pink dolphin. They're common in the Amazon river basin, but difficult to photograph.
We hiked to a small stream in the jungle to bathe in the waters and rub mud all over ourselves. The mud is said to be theraputic. This is me with theraputic mud covering my body.
LaNita said no to rubbing river mud all over herself.
I'm in Peru. Another country checked off the map. This calls for a photo.
LaNita is in Peru. Photo time.
Fresh chicken grilled for us river side.
Our guide Santiago fashioned these plates out of large leaves.
LaNita is THRILLED to be eating her lunch out of a tree leaf.
Yum! Grilled chicken and yucca root with rice and beans.
This tree is known as La Ceiba, which I think is Spanish slang for "big ass tree."
I take my photo with the big ass Peruvian tree.
LaNita takes her photo with the big ass Peruvian tree.
Santa Rita, Peru on the banks of the River Javari.
Franklin the Travel Bear, welcome to Peru! Another country on the travel bearing map.
Family portrait in front of the municipal building.
We purchased this handicraft for our goddaughter Paris. The gal to my right is the artisan.
This is LaNita's "Daisy" photo, an inside reference for us to a similar photo I took in Nicaragua some years ago, with an unidentified mammal, named to us only as "Daisy." So here you go, LaNita with an unidentified mammal we'll call "Daisy." Anyone know what this thing is? (Note: conversation in the office votes this thing likely an agouti).
Local school house.
Monkey for those that like such things. Yes, he's wearing monkey bling. He was a pet of the local children.
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LaNita doing something I couldn't, climbing the canopy rope to the top of a Ceiba tree. 140 feet later, and she was above the rain forest canopy.
LaNita climbing to the top of a Ceiba tree.
LaNita at the top of a Ceiba tree, overlooking the Amazon rain forest.
Eric at the top of a Ceiba tree, overlooking the Amazon rain forest. To paraphrase Gunnery Sergent Harmen, God wanted me to be at the top of the tree, so he had to miracle my ass up here. (LaNita climbed, I was repealed up).