Posted by: Waheeda Harris | June 20, 2013

The wild and wonderful of the rainforest

Ecuador - rainforest riverAlthough there’s a plethora of flora and fauna that call the rainforest in Ecuador their home, I didn’t get to see as much as I would have liked.

I heard stories of snakes, scorpions and crazy oversized spiders.

I could smell the sweet scent of jasmine each night as I strolled from my cabin up the hill to the toilet, and each morning I was greeted by different flowers when we went for hikes.

But it was the unexpected moments of discovery – from spotting a beautiful flower peeking out among the vines and bush or a an insect that decides to cross our path.

Each time it was amazing, interesting and fascinating – like small kids we would gather around, photographing and demanding answers to our endless questions about what we were seeing.

And then we go silent, perhaps each of us trying to preserve the memory of what we had just witnessed. For many of us it was our first visit to Ecuador, and it was like building our own encyclopedia of our environment.

Unlike my previous experience of the rainforest, the proximity of seeing a few was more gratifying than the distant gaze of seeing the many.

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