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A large bunch of seed from Attalea.

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As we come out into the wide mouth of the lake, we saw our first few Mauritia flexuosa.

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A close-up of some of the fruit of Mauritia flexuosa.

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There were several turtles sunbathing themselves on different logs.

Hmm...I wonder what that soup was we had last night that was so good.

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Wall to wall Mauritia's all along the edge of the lake.

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Long time biennial participant, Felix Montes from Mexico pointing " this is the way" !!!

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Group of more...

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Some very tall Mauritia's growing. Every now and then you would see a tall one that died from old age.

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Part of our group on another canoe...

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And as you can see, these have adapted pretty well when it comes to growing in the water.

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Carlos was our guide everyday while we were out on walks. Here he is working the paddle hard.

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Here's Euterpe precatoria on the left, and Attalea butyracea on the right.

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realarch

The stands of Mauritia look unbelievable especially partially submerged. Do they have a stilt root system?

Nice photos Jeff.

Tim

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Gbarce

THis is a great tour. Looks like its quite an adventure and you have to rough it up a bit-- but WOW the stuf you get to see.

I particularly like the shots of the palm crowns taken from below with the broken cloud formations as a background

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bgl

Jeff,

What a trip! The sight of the Mauritia flexuosa (especially Post #45 and #50) would be worth going there, all by itself! :)

Bo-Göran

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Kris

Dear 007 Jeff :)

lovely tour coverage and that Mauritia flexuosa stills are fentastic ! the eagerness to see more,is increasing in leaps & bounds... :drool:

thanks & love,

Kris :)

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amazondk

Jeff,

That looks like a great trip. I was close last year when I went to Bolivia. The Madre de Dios river is a tributary of the Beni river that flows by Riberalta, Bolivia where we went on our charter plane excursion. The water eventually ends up in the Madeira River which cuts through eastern Amazonas and flows into the Amazon River east of here some 250 kms. I got a few of those Attalea seeds which two have germinated. The water level of the rivers must have just started to drop in that area. There was a lot of rain this year and the rivers flooded a lot.

dk

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deezpalms

Jeff, thanks for the wonderful photolog! Those Mauritia's are incredible!!

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Thanks guys for all the comments. I was busy over the Father's Day weekend, so I will resume with some more pics. shortly.

Jeff

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Jeff,

What a trip! The sight of the Mauritia flexuosa (especially Post #45 and #50) would be worth going there, all by itself! :)

Bo-Göran

Bo,

Hopefully you can make up here to the Rio Negro in 2010. You will see so many Mauritias that you may get tired of looking at them. But, I doubt that will be the case. I never do. Some of them will be producing fruit at that time of the year so maybe you can try some buriti drink. The Manaus airport is right in the middle of a large Mauritia grove.

Jeff,

I am looking forward to more pictures.

dk

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Gileno Machado

Nice photos Jeff...that "packed" Mauritia grove looks superb.

I wonder if you saw any Wettinia in habitat there too?

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A close-up of some of the fruit of Mauritia flexuosa.

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:drool::drool:

Wow! All the Mauritia photos are amazing!! Thanks for sharing

Regards,

Luis Diego.

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Nice photos Jeff...that "packed" Mauritia grove looks superb.

I wonder if you saw any Wettinia in habitat there too?

Gileno,

No, I didn't to answer your question. And I think the reason was that we were always at a very low elevation, and I think it's just too hot for them in this kind of an area.

Jeff

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Last pic. of some ripe fruit of Mauritia flexuosa.

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After we finished on the lake, we were walking back on the main trail when we saw these two young men pushing this cart loaded with supplies. I asked Carlos who were they and where they were going(??). He told us that they were bringing in some supplies for another lodge that had no access from the river. Everything had to be brought in on this trail on these carts. Carlos said that they worked only half days because of the strenuous work getting back and forth. And it was extreamly hard pushing this cart through the mud.

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Another....

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And the last one, please excuse the poor quality of my pics. But, we just watched these guys go by and thought, man, better them then me!!

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realarch

Oh man, tough work especially in all that mud. So did your lodge give you rubber boots, or you just take it in 'stride' and trash the ones you brought? I have a feeling we're going to be facing the same scenario.

Tim

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Tim,

I'm not sure if the lodge provided boots or not. They probably did. But with the nice weather we had, our shoes were always dry. But always bring a back-up pair just in case.

Jeff

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DAY #3

Today we were going by boat again to a different forest and get to see some different palms and visit a very small nursery that was just recently set up. We also were going to get a chance to climb a 90' observation tower to have the chance to get a birds eye view of the forest.

This first pic. is looking down to Carlos as he awaits for all of us to come down to the boat.

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Andrea coming down the steep steps.

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The last one showing just how steep the walk was to get down into the boat.

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Along the trail we saw this "ginger-like" plant growing. Any ideas on what it is?

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At the base of the observation tower before we climbed to the top.

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Iriartea deltoidea

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Once up on the tower, then there were about 2 or 3 quite long swinging bridges to walk on from tree to tree.

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Back down on the ground, I came across a few more of Chamaedorea angustisecta growing. Notice how this specie has very little green in it's trunk or petioles.

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Another look at "Sangapilla" the local name there for this palm. This was my favorite palm of the entire trip.

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amazondk

Jeff,

From the pictures it looks like the river had already dropped a lot. Did they mention where the water is at it's higest level and when this is? The rivers to the south reach their peak and start to drop before those in the rest of the basin. The Amazon River in my area should be starting to drop now.

dk

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Jeff in St Pete

Jeff, I'm really enjoying your post-Biennial pics! I hope there are more!

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