I am very partial to small frogs, and this one was no exception.
Warning: do not pick up frogs you see on the way, as many are poisonous.
Fondest memory: I was absolutely amazed to hear the rangers say that they regularly discover new species when out researching. How exciting!
The area in and around Iwokrama is full of beautiful colourful birds. Most are too shy for you to get near enough to photograph, but some of them occassionally stay still long enough to snap.
Fondest memory: This is a blue-grey tanager, often found on the water tanks by the main building.
Other birds we spotted during our stay at Iwokrama included:
Swallowing puff bird
Orange winged parrot
White necked heron
Orange winged parrot
Channel billed toucan
White tailed hawk
Blue and gold macaw
Turkey necked vulture
Little blue heron
On our only free afternoon on the entire two week trip, we spent the time sitting on the terrace of the Field Station, watching the world go by.
Fondest memory: Over lunch the heavens had opened, but by the time we had finished eating, the rain had stopped and the sun was trying to break through. As the afternoon approached and the shadows were getting longer, a beautiful rainbow appeared over the water. We all rushed to see if we could find the pot of gold, but to no avail.
The lovely pale yellow butterflies were on a migration to Brazil, and were found in large numbers settled on any area of stagnant water. I have never seen so many butterflies in one place at one time ever before.
Fondest memory: disturbing the butterflies which had settled in this little pool of water, they all flew up at the same time, filling the air with little yellow flecks.
When they move off, they fly in "formation", one after the other, as if they are all attached to a string. One turns, and all the others follow. They remind me of those Chinese dances with long flowing ribbons!
The small community of Fairview, which is inhabited mostly by the Macushi tribe, is the only settlement within Iwokrama.
Fondest memory: It is always the people that make a village visit special, no more so than the children of course. We met this shy little lad on the way back to the boats.
The area is frequented by many lizards, some of them very large and / or colourful.
Fondest memory: These two were seen just outside our accommodation block, and were about 18 inches long. They stayed around for quite some time, running around, seemingly playing, nipping in and out of the woods. I love watching lizards and the way they move.
I found these fungi growing on a fallen tree trunk absolutely fascinating. Many logs had different types of fungus on them, in different shapes and sizes.
Fondest memory: It just proves what an incredibly humid and fertile place this is. It's the sort of place where wounds don't heal, clothes don't dry, and everything growth to giantic proportions!
Over 1500 higher plants have been identified in Iwokrama Forest, this really is a very rich biodiversity indeed. There isn't one particular tree that domintaes, rather 15 or so different species, including Greenheart, Wallaba, Kakaralli, More, Baromalli, Crabwood and Wamara. Of these, only Crabwood is not usitiled as timber.
Fondest memory: I love standing in the middle of the forest and just looking up at the sky through the canopy of the trees. These giants dwarf me, have been there for centuries and will still be there long after even the faintest memory of me will be gone!