Fresh-faced and clean.
Our new air carrier.
We had a sing-a-long while waiting for departure, which inspired me to get my own travel guitar.
Structure in leatherleaf...
Pilots readying for the flight
That's our destination...
...but thunderstorms in the way.
Trying to fly between the layers and around the thunderstorms.
A big one.
A denizen of the north
Scratch his ears and he'll follow you everywhere.
What looks to be a black piece of tarpaper is...
...another denizen of the north...
...who senses a disturbance in the force.
Using the force (aka sniffing the air)
He knows I'm around somewhere...
...another sniff and...
Not overly concerned...he's too hot.
He decides to stretch his legs....
...in my direction....
...so I 'casually' retreat to the safety of the truck, while he then walks away.
Off he goes....
...panting in the heat....
...and keeping an eye on my whereabouts.
Flown out to our sites next day....
...the new guy is probably wondering how we're going to set up tents on a floating grass/shrub mat.
Too late to return now.
Kitchen tent set up on the floating mat, and sleeping tents set up on a rock island in the bog (a very sheltered spot which was needed).
Beautiful day, but extremely hot! Camera temperature gauges registered 39 and 45 C at two different locations. Drank 12 L of water between us in less than 10 hours.
Close-up of kitchen tent and malaise trap.
Heat and humidity create some terrific thunderstorms...
...and heavy downpours which were needed--there was a forest fire about 30 km away and heading towards us. We could smell and see the smoke.
Hoverfly, a wasp mimic. It doesn't sting or bite and hovers beautifully.
Paradolia in a hoverfly face.
A dewy morning.
One of the mint family.
Wild iris blooming along lakeshores.
Appear to be insect eggs laid on our minnow trap rope.
Finally our pilot arrives to take us home.
The dark blotch on the shoreline is where we had to clear and burn some brush/grass so the pilot didn't need to worry about his tail rotor hitting something.
The evil lake surrounded by the worse bush/shrubs/downed woody debris that I've ever tried to work in. Nearly impassable.
Even a remote airstrip looks inviting and is like home after our campsite.
From there the charter takes us south. Interlocking lakes and river systems would make it easy to take a wrong turn in a boat.
A few bumpy sections on the ride, but we made it safely.