Man, I love bringing people to the jungle. Look at that smile!!! I know that the first time I saw the Amazon, and smelled that rich forest smell, I knew it was going to change me. How can you not be changed when you see what the world was like before we cut down the trees and poured concrete all over it. Suddenly in you are in Avatar-everything is alive and glowing land. You can drink the river - it’s CLEAN. All I know is when you are on a boat moving through the jungle and the sun is out and adventure is ahead - you just gotta smile 😀🐍🤘🌏💪🐍 . Head over to @tamanduaexpeditions to find out how you can get on board traveling to the jungle and helping us protect wildlife!
You want to go dark? Well it doesn’t get too much darker than this book. I don’t usually enjoy books that take place at sea - just not my thing. But I read the first chapter of this book on a friends rec and found it so brutal and bleak that I just peeked into the next chapter. By then, of course, I was already a goner. Things just kept getting worse, and WORSE. The entire book. The score for this book could easily be just the lowest key on the piano hammered again and again. DOOM. DOOM. DOOM. Henry Drax is like Hannibal Lecter, or the guy from No Country for Old Men. He’s a brutal and terrifying villain that makes you truly fear the worlds most dangerous animal: men. // This book made me grin several times with sick entertainment. It also made me want to take a shower and do good deeds for children. Hug my mother. The sky is always black, the water gunmetal grey. The humans are a deplorable tribe of creatures fighting with each other and the elements. But to me the constantly rising stakes and the backdrop of elemental wild nature that it all takes place in was thrilling. One of my least favorite things is when I have to push myself to finish a book. When the plot doesn’t pull me forward. This book gave me no choice - I was a prisoner to one of my favorite things: to be in a story where I’m constantly at a complete loss for what is going to happen next. On a ride I just can’t get off. I think I read it in two days (which is fast for me #dyslexia#slowreader) // If you like redeeming characters and hope - then look elsewhere. But if you want an extra strong dose of darkness and ice - climb aboard. . . Rated R for sure. . #beautifulbooks#bookstagram#bookstagram#bookshelf#reading#currentlyreading#thenorthwater#darkliterature#bookworm#bookish
Tamandua was created as a way to connect people and wildlife conservation. Today we are proud to work with @junglekeepers To protect a place where amazing wildlife like this lives. // Checking camera traps is always like jungle Christmas. These images help us learn what is going on in the weeks that we can’t be physically there, standing in the jungle, watching. This was an old logging road. But once we shut down the logging and the jungle vegetation begins to reclaim the space - the animals moved in. This male Jag was a frequent visitor. Zoom in. This animal is stunning. (And he was so long I had to put three different shots together to get his whole body in frame!) . If you’d like to help study the wildlife we are protecting check out Tamandua’s 2019 trips - we have one dedicated to camera traps and studying big cats and other wildlife!!! . . . #jaguar#cameratraps#wildlife#panthera#jungle#travel#explore#nature#beautiful#tamanduaexpeditions#paulrosolie#trailcamology
A giant leaf mantis - these are beyond stunning to encounter. The way they look at you... I’m certain they are just wishing they were big enough to eat us. I used to raise praying mantises as a kid and let me tell you: they will eat as much as they can for their entire lives. Hey are the insect Tyrannosaurus rex. When it was raining and I couldn’t find bugs for them I’d give them raw beef, chicken, or anything really. I’ve seen them eat entire katydids, bumblebees etc. and of course - for mantises this large - hummingbirds lizards and nice can be on the menu. Personally, I love mantises so much I’d take the risk: I wish they were 12 feet long!!! . . Photo by @declanburley
This is one of those shots that I took while writing, at the station in the jungle, and it just made me happy. The Reddish hermit (Phaethornis ruber) is the THIRD smallest bird in the world, and a friend of mine. This one seems to like freaking out humans - he'll buzz right by your head (which in the jungle everyone assumes is the sound of a hornet). People's reactions are great. But as anyone who has ever tried to get a shot of a hummingbird knows, they don't stay still long. So your best shot is to sit there, patiently all afternoon drinking coffee and reading or writing. Waiting for that almost subsonic purr of those wings - . . (FYI since I know everyone is going to ask, to the best of my knowledge the smallest bird in the world is the bee hummingbird of Cuba) . . Ok now get off of instagram, put away your phone and go outside. That's what I'm gonna do! Have a good weekend everyone. . . #birds#birding#beautiful#writerlife#authorlife#reading#wildlife#nature#hummingbird#wildlifephotography#flower#jungle#rainforest#tropical#tropicalvibe#explore#relax#afternoon#coffee#birdsofinstagram#getoutside#weekend
***You gotta have sound on for this one.*** Think you could saw off enough to survive? I should mention that I am barefoot most of my life so don’t try this unless you’ve built that callus. The native guys I learned from in the Amazon often don’t wear shoes, so I don’t wear shoes. On the off months when I’m in NY or India I run 6 miles a day barefoot to maintain the toughness of my feet. I also do long hikes barefoot. It makes me quiet in the forest. // When we caught that little white catfish - we needed it badly. @mohsinkazmitakespictures and @gowrivaranashi and I were on a 300 mile raft down the Alto Madre De Dios River and the day before we’d had a bad accident. . . I believe that when you are hunting or fishing you should really NEED it or don’t take the life. I don’t NEED a fish as big as the donsella I have in the second part of the vid. The truth is that that fish has tried to do one thing it’s whole life: survive. I can starve a few more days - . . This spring I’ll be teaching a wilderness survival course for @tamanduaexpeditions with my native friend @juanjuliodurandtorres - fair warning to would be participants: it’s gonna be tough. 😎 . .
Some days ya can barely brush your teeth before something goes wrong. That’s how you know it’s gonna be a good one. Yeah I don’t want to jump in the water and push the boat but that shit really does build character. And the more that goes wrong and the more you suffer and learn it’s all just good material for writing. I’m starting to love the hard stuff 🤪 Sorry for the noise and the 🤬but not really. Happy Monday everybody. 😎🤘😂 . @mohsinkazmitakespictures time to jump in and push .