Monthly Archives: January 2011

commotion of hornbills

Friday, Jan. 28 In the morning light, far above the trees, I watch four hornbills; large, black-casked hornbills, drifting effortlessly on the rising thermal. They are immersed in lively conversations, their long black tails rudder easy circles, wings hook at … Continue reading

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Plaine village

Thursday, Jan. 27 Tonight I meet Ghislain, a young guide working with World Wildlife Fund in Plaine (Gamba), Gabon, to take tourists to Loango National Park. We worked out an arrangement through a mutual friend, Sophie, and Ghislain will be … Continue reading

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spider surprise

Thursday, Jan. 27 This morning over coffee I found myself looking at Nick Nichols book of photographs, “Last Place on Earth” documenting the Central African Rainforest.  I was perhaps a dozen pages in and I could stand it no longer– … Continue reading

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a tree falls

Tuesday, Jan. 25 Today I biked past the airport down the road in the direction of Mayanomi. I was looking for a forest road that connects to Mosso-Mala. I have heard it has been closed to vehicles for sometime now … Continue reading

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elephant silhouettes

Monday, Jan. 24 I am cleaning up after dinner on the back porch. It is 9pm and out in the garden I hear a shuffle and grunt. Looking into the darkness, faintly illuminated by streetlights, an elephant wanders past the … Continue reading

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savannah hilltop

Sunday, Jan. 23 Lisa and I drive back to Vera Plaine, retracing across Friday’s savannah to the far end, where we find another forest trail to hike. This forest is sandwiched between old plantations, now overgrown with thick bush. There … Continue reading

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house-sitting

Saturday, Jan. 22 Lisa and I are on the move again. We will be house-sitting for friends Mary, Andrew, and their cocker-poodle Angel. Elle loves Angel and they go for walks together often. So we move a few things from … Continue reading

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plantations

Fri. Jan. 22 A visiting scientist has arrived from Washington state and is interested in hiking through some forest, so we are driven by Smithsonian back out to Vera Plaine and begin hiking to the far side of a savannah, … Continue reading

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rain on Vera Plaine

Tue. Jan 18: I rode my bicycle to Vera Plaine this morning with the intention of making photographs along a forest trail adjacent to a hidden plantation. During my ride up to Vera Plaine, I see prints in the soft … Continue reading

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moving day

Sunday, Jan 09.    Today, Lisa and I move back to our studio apartment on Lizard Lane from our house-sitting opportunity at the edge of the forest on Monkey Road. It was nice having a home on the edge of village … Continue reading

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