FC: ECUADOR MY JOURNEYS
1: It all started with my first journey into the Ecuadorian cloudforest in June 2010. The group above is Miquel, Ana, Sandra, a student and me taking measurements for the UN REDD program (measuring how much carbon the forest can absorb). It was HARD work and I loved every minute of it.. It was during this trip and this particular work that I knew I had to do my part to save this precious place. and so the journey began...
2: Carmita, Ana and Laury - my sisters from across the world... together we're working to save the place of their childhood, the Cambugan Watershed
3: This is Cambugan
4: Ecuadorian forests are filled with amazing beauty.
6: and very cool animals... These are camera trap photos from Santa Lucia: Spectacled Bear, Jaguarundi, Oncilla
7: look into my eye...
8: sometimes a burst of light comes from a flower or gentle lights shines on a leaf
9: Cock of the Rock | Toucan | Beryl-Spangled Tananger | and the birds have so much personality...
10: so we work to protect this place and these are the people who make it all happen | the Mariscal family and us; the group at Cambugan; me with Sarah and Freeda
11: our group at Santa Lucia - Patrick, Jerry, Matt, Brad, Amber, Sarah, me, Noe | Patrick, me and Jerry enjoying the amazing beauty of the rainforest
12: The Cambugan Foundation Greenhouse | providing endemic plants to local people
13: Cambugan Foundation is teaching local children about recycling, composting, reforestation and taking care of our environment.
14: Ana presents to a local community. 150 people showed up to talk about re-foresting their land.
18: a local woman cleaning corn me in the organic vegetable garden at Santa Lucia. wild growing coffee. | food in Ecuador is simple and delicious
19: we didn't eat these medicinal mushrooms...but you could. these are being grown for a mycoremediation project | wild pineapple
20: this is Quito and Cotopaxi
22: locals are taking a break from selling their wares in Quito
23: children at play with birds and kites in Quito