Southern Jungle of Peru at the Tambopata National Reserve

This picture was taken in the southern jungle of Peru at the Tambopata National Reserve.  It is a large protected area where no hunting is allowed.  So free to roam are juaguar, puma, bushmasters, anaconda, tapirs, etc .  There was a small make-shift bench on the edge of the riverbed about 50-60 feet above the water. This is where I would sit and just listen to nothing but the musical sounds of the rainforest. I always tell people that Peru is a magical place.  Sitting in the middle of the rainforest overlooking a tributary to the amazon river, completely cut off from civilization as we know it, a world of it’s own, is a magical place.  My most special moment over- looking this river was around midnight one evening.  My great friend Tim had joined me this trip and we decided to journey from our hut at night to the river’s edge. We sat on the bench overlooking the river.  Occasionally we would talk.  Mostly we just sat there, taking everything in.  Off in the distance over the river to the left was a thunderstorm what would illuminate the water’s surface with lightning. Over to the right was a waning moon doing the same.  Surrounding us were the harmonic voices of the nighttime jungle.  We didn’t want to leave.  Well over an hour had passed by before we looked at each other and realized that it was actually feeding time for jaguars and anacondas and other predators.  That maybe it was time to head back to the safety of our hut.

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