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visit to Sapo National Park, Liberia

A trek in one of the most remote and unspoiled rainforests in West Africa takes careful planning. Lisa and I made a plan to spend three days hiking beneath the canopy of the towering tropical rainforest in Sapo National Park. The … Continue reading

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rain in the forest

Heading south on the tarmac, cycling past the airport, past Vera Plaines, past the line. Heavy clouds and distant thunder approaching over the southeast horizon does not bode well for a casual walk in the forest. A headwind feels like rain … Continue reading

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coastal rainforest

Enchanting, mysterious, timeless. The lowland coastal forests of Gabon are inundated with pools and lagoons. They trickle into streams of fresh, tannin-stained water coursing to the sea. Diverse little habitats where fish begin their lives, hippos find sanctuary, elephants and buffaloes … Continue reading

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inundated forest

I hear a trickle of water through the forest, a musical reminder that the rainy season has arrived. The flush of new growth gives off a powerful fragrance, crushed leaves, saturated earth, a floral sweetness. Fresh molecules of oxygen tease … Continue reading

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gorilla warning

A curious swish in the leaves caught my attention as I returned along a trail deep in Vera Plaines. It was late afternoon, and my walk in the forest had been delayed by rain. At least five centimeters had fallen … Continue reading

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trans “through” + spirare “to breathe”

Vera Plaines rainforest at dawn. N’Dogo Lagoon rests, a silent mirror beneath a veil of fog, the hills of Moukalaba-Doudou obscured in the distance. The whistles and warbles of bul-buls, kingfishers, and turacos replace the haunting trill of bushbabies as … Continue reading

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exploring Nyanga River track

A photographic trek to the forests and savannas near Nyanga River with Shweta and Shivangi on Thursday September 25 revealed a landscape of visual opportunities. The sand track leaves the tarmac halfway between Gamba and Mayonami, winding across savannas, through … Continue reading

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only for a short time…

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transects beyond Nyanga river

Saturday, Jan 08.     Today my alarm has me up at 5:15am to prepare for a drive to Mayanami, a village approximately 40 kilometers from Yenzi Camp, where Hadrien and team have hired a pirogue, a canoe carved from a single … Continue reading

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like a herd of elephants!

Tuesday, Jan 04. I accompany Hadrien, scientist for Smithsonian, and team of Arnaud and Christian to place camera traps in several forests between Vera Plaine and the Atlantic. We discover the transects in the forest are inundated with water and … Continue reading

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