Lovely Geonoma stricta picture Lindsey.
Don, Caio is really growing up fast, what a nice guy...
I can't wait to see Dan's pictures of the whole trip..he has a fantastic camera, very busy all the time...
Aloha all – Big Mahalos to everyone for the photo postings and narrative. My Kona palm pal Donald Sanders and I had a wonderful adventure in Brazil.
Amazon Don was very generous with his time in showing us around the Manaus area. It was exciting to ride the local ferry boat across the Rio Negro over to Iranduba / Paraticuba, which is something you won’t have the opportunity to experience when that ferry service ends after the new gigantic bridge construction project is completed. Amazon Don’s little piece of paradise in Paraticuba is great – his property sits just behind his mother-in-law’s place, and it has an amazing bluff overview vista of the Rio Negro. Don has a number of great-looking palms and other tropicals already planted there. If your travels ever take you to Manaus be sure to set aside time to spend with Don. After our backyard lunch of freshly grilled fish we walked along the river and enjoyed a cool swim with the local kids who took turns climbing up into a tree and then jumping off into the river below. I think we were the only Caucasians there when Don took us to the busy crowded bars at the Pont Negra area called Infernihno (Little Hell). Great sunset with ice cold beer / definitely not a tourist spot / lots of rowdy young bronze locals, lively music, and a place where it looked like you might be able to buy whatever suits your taste… if you know what I mean – so after that experience I can now say that “I’ve been to Hell and back”, and it was fun – fun – fun.
The ten day Amazon riverboat tour was an experience of a lifetime for me and others – we quickly became an extended family who looked after one another on our daily adventures, including that very long afternoon while our group appeared to be hopelessly lost in dense dark jungle as evening approached. Wonderful meals aboard the Dorinha, great stories by Captain Mo, and of course Andrew was always there to assist in palm identification – who knew there were so many different types of bactris…
The Rio Biennial offered more creature comforts (like hot water to shower in), and it was great to become part of that larger group of palm pals. Brazilians are very friendly and hospitable people – lots of smiles, laughter, liquor, and boy can they eat – those “all you can eat grilled meat meals” were guaranteed gut-busters, and a vegan’s worst nightmare. The Farewell Dinner at Jill’s ranch was spectacular… large open bar… live music… delicious food being barbecued from sunset on into the evening… lovely pool to swim in… opportunities to pose for photos alongside Jill’s Double Coconut palm (Coco de Mer, Lodoicea maldivica) while holding onto a large Coco de Mer seed.
I recently migrated from film format to digital photography, and took my Nikon D-300 digital camera to Brazil. I’ve now downloaded all of my Brazil high quality (large file size) jpg files from my portable Epson P-7000 media storage device onto my home PC. So far I’ve just been scanning and deleting the obviously out-of-focus files. I can already see there are some really nice photos among those thousands of photos I took during the Andrew Henderson “Palms of the Amazon” trip and the Rio Biennial.
I’m grateful for the photography tips that David Salmanowitz ( the link to David’s photo website is www.davidsalmanowitz.com ) and other experienced Nikon digital photographers shared with me during the Biennial, and also appreciate the patience everyone had as I took photo after photo to see what results I got when using different digital camera settings. Taking handheld photos while riding in those motorized long canoe boats was a special challenge for getting shots that were in focus.
Based on feedback and experience from David and others, I plan to purchase and use Adobe Lightroom 3 software for my photo editing and resizing tasks. Lightroom 3 is likely to be released to the public within the next month, so I just bought several Lightroom 2 reference books and will begin to study them. Dean Ouer has generously offered to share his experiences and other tips with me when I am ready to begin to edit and resize my photo files. I look forward to having some edited / resized digital photo images to share with everyone in several months. In the meantime, I will enjoy seeing the many great photos that others are posting.