It is fabulous to be in the rainforest with its rich array of wildlife. Colourful birds, iguanas – a tropical paradise for naturalists like me.
It was fabulous to see the wildlife and surreal to be paddling around the tops of huge trees.
We hired a canoe to take us into the flooded forest. Every year the lagoon levels rise and much is submerged. It makes for an interesting habitat. We slowly drifted through submerged trees and over the floor of the rainforest. All around us were birds and wildlife.
It was fabulous. A different world.
Alter Do Chao is a holiday resort on the Amazon. It floods to form a large lagoon with sandy shores. Families come to enjoy a ‘beach’ holiday. The water is fresh water and very warm. Extremely pleasant to swim in.
I was more taken with the incredible wildlife of the flooded lagoon.
Our good friends for the misty ages of time joined us for a walk up a river on the edge of the moors. It was a fabulous day. Mystery was in the air. Dragonflies, damsel flies, bracket fungus, fish and beauty.
We went on a journey into the Amazon rainforest.
We set off from the Valley of the Rocks to follow the coastal path to Woody Bay – a beautiful route – majestic cliffs, woodland, flowers and butterflies.
On the second day I went up the hill to get a look over the Valley of the Rocks with a view to getting a sunset. I love sunsets. They are nature’s magic.
I had to wait a while but it eventually happened.
There was more to the opera house that the main performance area – there were a number of other rooms with pillars, ornate ceilings and decoration. They certain went to extremes to create something they wanted to be the equivalent of what they had in Europe.
They had ambition.
Walking through the village I found a poplar hawk moth fluttering futilely against a window. I picked him up and took him home. He soon quietened down and now is living happily on our lavender.
Poplar hawk moths are rare these days. I haven’t seen one for a long time!