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!

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