Madagascar: A Country of Contrasts III

This is the last post of my three-part photoblog highlighting all of my favorite pictures from the four field seasons I completed in Madagascar. I really hope y’all liked it! As a teaser (and shameless plug!) for some upcoming posts, I have some exciting results from a study I was conducting with the captive colony at the Duke Lemur Center. Human hibernation, here we come!!

Part tres:

Dawwwww!

Dawwwww!

Dave is wondering where the little chameleon went!

Dave is wondering where the little chameleon went!

He's making a run for it!

He’s making a run for it…or showing off by doing pull-ups.

Madagascar scops owl (Otus rutilus) provided nighttime serenades

Madagascar scops owl (Otus rutilus) provided nighttime serenades

This is "Toothpaste". He hung out in my favorite toothbrushing spot.

This is “Toothpaste” hanging out in my favorite toothbrushing spot–the bushes next to my tent.

Momma diademed sifaka. Her baby is hiding on her belly

Momma diademed sifaka. Her baby is hiding on her belly

Here she is!

Here she is!

The little Malagasy boys were in charge of taking care of the babies, while their mothers harvested the produce

The little Malagasy boys were in charge of taking care of the babies, while their mothers harvested the crops

Probably my favorite lemur picture of all time!

Probably my favorite lemur picture of all time!

"Signpost" the chameleon hangs out in the same spot every night to make sure we don't miss a turn on the trail.

“Signpost” the chameleon hangs out in the same spot every night to make sure we don’t miss a turn on the trail.

Kathrin holding an adorable dwarf lemur (that she crocheted). I know, it's hard to tell because it looks so real!

Kathrin holding an adorable dwarf lemur (that she crocheted). It looks so real!

Talking about data and freezing our buns off!

Talking about data and freezing our butts off!

Bobby reaping the rewards of his hard vet work

Bobby reaping the rewards of his hard vet work

Martha and lemur hanging out on the lawn

Martha and lemur sunbathing on the lawn

Lovely!

Lovely!

Dave, the mouse lemur, on his favorite perch

Dave, the mouse lemur, on his favorite perch

Dr. Ed Louis, a world-famous lemur researcher, showing off the newest member of his focal animals--the aye-aye (Daubentonia madagascariensis)

Dr. Ed Louis, a world-famous lemur researcher, showing off the newest member of his focal animals–a young male aye-aye (Daubentonia madagascariensis). These animals are so elusive people almost never see them in the wild!

That white stuff outlining the leaves? Frost!!

That white stuff outlining the leaves? Frost!!

Our hand-washing statement is the victim of chilly night temps

Our hand-washing station is the victim of chilly night temps

Spring is here!

Spring is here…

Rice harvest

…and the rice harvest begins

The plum trees show off their lovely blooms

The plum trees show off their lovely blooms

Moments like this are why I love what I do!

Moments like this are why I love what I do!

I hope you enjoyed the pictures. It was a small collection of the numerous out-of-this-world experiences I was lucky enough to have while completing my dissertation field work in Madagascar. Now let’s hope the data I collected while there will compliment the awesome-ness.

It’s a jungle out there!

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Madagascar: A Country of Contrasts II

Part Dos:

Rice paddies, a plenty!

Rice paddies, a plenty!

Sometimes rain highlights natural beauty

Rain highlights the natural beauty of peach trees

Our internal compasses may be off. This is how we find our way back to the campsite

Our internal compasses may be a little off. This is how we find our way back to the campsite

So life-like!

So life-like! A Malagasy rum bottle makes the best subject matter

Donning the rain gear

Donning the rain gear…and being very excited about it

We enjoy working in inclement weather conditions

We obviously enjoy working in inclement weather conditions

That tickles!

That tickles!

Lovely Christine!

Lovely Christine watching over the rice!

Working hard...

Casey and Wiggles working hard…

The gang

The gang after a long field season

The children love looking at photos of themselves

The children love looking at photos of themselves with digital cameras. They were such good models!

Just hanging out, literally

Diademed sifakas just hanging out, literally

Typical biologists....

Typical biologists….

This is what intrigued them so! Termites!

This is what intrigued them so! Termites!

Any entomologists want to tell me what this is?

Any entomologists want to tell me what this is?

You might be a Leaf chameleon (Brookesia superciliaris). But then again, you might not be...

You might be a leaf chameleon (Brookesia superciliaris). But then again, you might not be…

The Indri (Indri indri) is the largest extant lemur

The Indri (Indri indri) is the largest extant lemur

Look at that face!

Look at that face!

Surveying the beauty of our surroundings (or pretending to do work...)

Surveying the beauty of our surroundings (while pretending to do work…)

Parson's chamleon (Calumma parsonii)

Parson’s chameleon (Calumma parsonii) doing his best to be inconspicuous

Almost ready to harvest the rice!

Almost ready to harvest the rice!

How's that banana, Bema Luis?

How’s that banana, Bema Luis?

You got something in your teeth.

Bema, you, ummm, have something in your teeth.

Believe it or not, this is a type of fungus. I'm not sure I do!

Believe it or not, this is a type of fungus. (I’m not sure I do…)

Is this real, or a painting?

Is this real, or a painting?

Sometimes clothes fall apart in the field and you have to make do.

Sometimes clothes fall apart in the field, and you have to make do. Duct tape pants!

The morning fog is clearing away

The morning fog is clearing away to reveal the landscape

Even the flies are prettier in Madagascar!

Even the flies are prettier in Madagascar!

He thinks he's hiding!

He thinks he’s hiding!

The bustling metropolis of Antananarivo. It sprawls.

The bustling metropolis of Antananarivo. It sprawls.

The Queen's Palace, in the place of honor--the hilltop!

The Queen’s Palace, in the place of honor–the hilltop overlooking the capital

Piles and piles of produce at the open air market

Piles and piles of produce at the open air market

Our remote lab in the field.

Our remote lab in the field

Enjoying the rare sun during the rainy season

Enjoying the rare sun during the winter season

Majestic!

Majestic!

Until next time!

It’s a jungle out there!

Madagascar: The Country of Contrasts (a photoblog)

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:

Quintessential Madagascar

Quintessential Madagascar

Brilliant view of our field site from "Phone Hill"

Brilliant view of our field site from “Phone Hill”

Malagasy patriotism

Malagasy patriotism

Hello, little friend!

Hello, little friend!

Peacock Day Gecko (Phelsuma quadriocellata)

Peacock day gecko (Phelsuma quadriocellata)

Sometimes Peacock Day Geckos end up on my favorite hat.

Sometimes peacock day geckos end up on my favorite hat. Maybe he’s a Brewers fan, also?

Capturing the morning dew

Capturing the morning dew

Lookout from the view point

Lookout from the view point

Madagascar has ants, too!

Madagascar has ants, too!

Dwarf lemurs have feet...but they look like hands.

Dwarf lemurs have feet…but they look like hands.

Tiny alien-lemur hands!

Tiny alien-lemur hands!

Stunning display of the color wheel!

The world is on fire!

Marina and her lemur burrito

Marina and her lemur burrito

Wishing it was peach season, but this is just as appealing

Wishing it was peach season, but this is just as appetizing

Arachnophobes, look away!

Arachnophobes, look away!

Watch where you sit down!

Watch where you sit down!

Oh, heeeeey! Diademed sifaka (Propithicus diadema) spying on us during a daily hike.

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!

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.

Malagasy babes, dressed in their best.

Marina's groupies

Marina’s groupies

Christine and her new grandson, Nekena

Christine and her new grandson, Nekena

Sibree's dwarf lemur (Cheirogaleus sibreei)

Sibree’s dwarf lemur (Cheirogaleus sibreei)

Rene and Jules lugging the oxbox through the forest

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

Contemplating how to fully capture the realism of the hot sauce bottles during painting class

Incoming storms cast brilliant light on the forest!

Incoming storms cast brilliant light on the forest!

Until next post! It’s a jungle out there!