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Balsa Wood Raft   Leave a comment

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One Of Our Balsa Wood Rafts On The Tuichi River In The Madidi National Forest, Bolivian Amazon (08/20/19)– Image by kenne

“The first virtue of those who seek

the spiritual path is courage.”

— from The Valkyries by Paulo Coelho

Rafting On The Tuichi River   2 comments

BoliviaBalsa Wood Rafting On The Tuichi River In The Bolivian Amazon (8/21/19) — Image by kenne

The fog was beginning to lift,
one hour after breaking camp
on our first full day on the river.

I’m sitting in front with my camera,
Matt paddling behind me as Padro
stands in the rear, steering the raft.

Except for our companion balsa raft,
the river is our’s, stopping only for
fishing and exploring the jungle line.

Padro has promised us that we will
see a jaguar at least once during
time in the Amazon on the Tuichi River.

— kenne

Tuichi River Birds — Photo-Artistry   Leave a comment

Tuichi River Birds — Photo-Artistry by kenne

This world is but a canvas to our imagination.

— Henry David Thoreau

 

Mouth Of The Tuichi River   1 comment

Mouth of the Tuichi River in the Bolivian Amazon — Photo-Artistry by kenne

Posted August 27, 2020 by kenneturner in Bolivia, Information, Photo-Artistry

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Downriver   Leave a comment

BoliviaTuichi River In The Amazon — Photo-Artistry by kenne

Downriver, the jungle fog slowly lifts
Water still murky from heavy rains
Two days earlier in the upriver hills
Making jungle roads almost impassible
To our reaching an indigenous community.

After a meal prepared by Padro’s family
Under a thatch-covered shelter, we
Walked through a field of cattle
Watching suspiciously at a distance
A quick turn of the head, glancing back.

Arriving at the river shoreline before
Completion of the bamboo rafts
We watched our indigenous crew
Finish preparing our transportation
On what would be my Amazon mistress.

— kenne

 

 

Balsa Wood Rafting On The Tuichi River   1 comment

BoliviaBalsa Wood Rafting On the Tuichi River, Madidi National Forest — Images and Video by kenne

 

There’s A Story We Must Tell . . .   Leave a comment

BoliviaTy Instructing Matt How To Flyfish — Image by kenne

There’s a story we must tell . . .
Tom’s fly fishing rods travel with us
Everywhere we went in Bolivia.

The rods are not cheap, so we
made sure one of us always had
them with the carry-on luggage.

As fate would have it,
our river location was not
the best place for fly fishing.

Even so, why travel all this way
and not at least do some casting
over the Tuichi river waters?

Tom readied the rods and reels
for Matt to get some practice
with Ty being his instructor.

As the sun went down where
the Tuichi and Beni rivers merge
they cast over the joining waters.

The moral of the story is:
Never travel with fly fishing rods
without creating a memorial moment.

— kenne

(Click here to see more fly fishing images.)

 

 

Day Four Sunset   Leave a comment

River Sunset 8-22-19-3-72.jpgSunset Over the Tuichi and Beni Rivers (Madidi National Park)  — Photo-Artistry by kenne

The sun sets as our tents are sat up and our last dinner on the river is being prepared.
This is also where we will leave the balsa wood rafts.
The remainder of our time on the river will be on the supply boat.

— kenne

 

Nearing The End Of Our River Journey   Leave a comment

Last Camp Site On The Tuichi River-2-72.jpg

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Last Camp Site On The Tuichi River-72.jpgCamp Site On The Tuichi River, Madidi National Park: Last Night — Images by kenne

End of The Journey

In life, some journeys are long
before the destination is reached.
Some may even take a lifetime
with breaks along the way
when we hit rocky ground,
but the end of the journey
is always profound.

— David Harris

 

Macaw Nesting Site In Madidi National Park   Leave a comment

Macow-13-72.jpgMacaw Nesting Site — Images by kenne

Madidi National Park itself contains 11% of the world’s bird species and has been recognized as one of the most diverse places on earth. Most macaw pairs breed once a year, and the female lays her eggs in a nest inside a tree hollow or in a dirt hollow on a cliff face.

MaCaw Nesting Site.jpgPedro leading the way to the Macaw nesting site.

The macaw nesting site is near the junction of the Beni and Tuichi Rivers. From the riverbank, a short trail leads to a viewing platform.  Here one can watch these impressive Red-and-green and Chestnut-fronted macaws fly, call and interact from the platform.

MaCaw Nesting Site-4.jpgThe Macaw Cliff Nesting Site — Chick Here To See More Macaw Images by kenne

 

 

Balsa Wood Rafting In Madidi National Park   Leave a comment

Tucihi Day 3-17-2-72.jpgGuess Who’s Getting Splashed??

BoliviaTy Markey and Pedro Macuapa Balsa Wood Rafting In Madidi National Park — Images by kenne

By day three on the Tuichi River the water was less red and lower causing more rapids to appear going down river.
Click here to see more images.

 

 

Great Black Hawk — Madidi National Park   3 comments

Great Black Hawk-72.jpgGreat Black Hawk (Madidi National Park) — Image by kenne

Rafting on the Tuichi River in the Madidi National Park is not the best way to
photograph birds high in the jungle trees, but sometimes I was able to capture one.
When I first saw this guy at a distance, I thought he was a vulture. However,
zooming in it was clear the bird was a hawk, a great black hawk.

— kenne

Day 2 — Fishing The Tuichi River In Madidi National Park   Leave a comment

BoliviaAfter a couple of hours on the river, we beached the rafts to do some fishing using the Tacana fishing method.

Day 2 Fishing Time-2-72.jpgThis looks like a nice place to go ashore.

BoliviaThe fishing line is on a board that is unwound, then tossed out into the water. The bait are small fish.
The Tacana do not bother with poles.

BoliviaTom and Matt have their lines in the water.

BoliviaSo far, no one is having any luck catching fish.

Pedro demonstrated the indigenous technique of fishing.

BoliviaMatt did have some success on our Day 3.

Fishing Day 2-2-72.jpgGood job Matt! — Images by kenne

 

 

A Madidi Black Bird   4 comments

BoliviaA Madidi Black Bird — Image by kenne

I tried unsuccessful to identify this bird I photographed in the trees near the Tuichi River in the Madidi National Park.
A very attractive bird about the size of a crow.

— kenne

 

River Of Memories   Leave a comment

River of Memories-Art-72.jpgRiver of Memories — Photo-Artistry by kenne

Rough and red — the River,
Sometimes bleak and alone,
Not even another lone raft.
Long pole in hand touching bottom
Following the current over rocks
Steering clear of big boulders
Followed by silent moments — 
Spirits enlighten of itself.

— kenne

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