I think I’m having withdrawal. This July marks the first summer I haven’t been in Madagascar in two years. I could respond by laying on my couch–fighting the shakes–and suppressing bad feelings by downing an entire pint of Ben & Jerry’s Phish Food, but instead I’m taking the healthier route: Obsessively going through my thousands of pictures and crying buckets. Ok, just kidding about the bucket part…and crying part, but I was going through my pictures. Then I had a thought (rare, but it happens). I said to myself: “Self, some of these pictures are lovely and shouldn’t be kept to yourself. Share.” I don’t always listen to myself, but sometimes I do–especially when it’s a great idea (rare, but it happens). So, for your viewing pleasure, I’m doing a three-part photo blog of all of my favorite pictures from Madagascar. I do have to give some kudos to Kathrin Dausmann and David Parent, as some of these photos may have been stolen (or lovingly borrowed?). Props, Kathrin and Dave! They are amazing photographers and deserve to have the fruits of their labor shared, too! I do hope you enjoy! Part Uno:
Brilliant view of our field site from “Phone Hill”
Hello, little friend!
Peacock day gecko (Phelsuma quadriocellata)
Sometimes peacock day geckos end up on my favorite hat. Maybe he’s a Brewers fan, also?
Capturing the morning dew
Lookout from the view point
Madagascar has ants, too!
Dwarf lemurs have feet…but they look like hands.
Tiny alien-lemur hands!
The world is on fire!
Marina and her lemur burrito
Wishing it was peach season, but this is just as appetizing
Arachnophobes, look away!
Watch where you sit down!
Oh, heeeeey! Diademed sifaka (Propithecus diadema) spying on us during a daily hike.
Isn’t she pretty? This female Carpet chameleon (Furcifer lateralis) was laying eggs when I almost stepped on her!
Malagasy babes, dressed in their best.
Christine and her new grandson, Nekena
Sibree’s dwarf lemur (Cheirogaleus sibreei)
Rene and Jules doing a great job lugging research equipment through the forest
Contemplating how to fully capture the realism of the hot sauce bottles during painting class
Incoming storms cast brilliant light on the forest!
Until next post! It’s a jungle out there!