We saw some neat animals and birds during our rainforest stay, but unfortunately many of these did not lend themselves to being photographed. The caimans along the river bank whose red eyes we saw on our night excursions, for example, and the monkeys that Kathy saw around the lodge but was without the camera. Also, the birds we saw on our forest canopy and Concepción excursions were either too shy or too quick, or both, for our camera. Henry was able to get some good pictures of the birds and butterflies that lived around the lodge. And a couple of good shots from the butterfly farm in Puerto Maldonado. And, of course, the plants stood still for us, so we got some good pictures of them.
First, the fauna:
This handsome toucan lived at the lodge....
... as did these macaws:
We saw this cute line of turtles in a pond at the butterfly farm...
... and this rather large ladybug not far from our cabin:
This "owl butterfly" and a hungry caterpillar were at the butterfly farm. The center did a nice job of arranging exhibits to show the butterflies' life cycles.
And here are two lovely shots of a monarch butterfly on a large flowering shrub at the lodge:
And we certainly can't forget the industrious leaf-cutter ants we saw at Concepción.
Now to the flora. Which of course means trees as well as flowers. Here are two good shots of ficus trees, and their attendant parasitic vines, that were very common around the lodge.
There were some familiar flowers, like these hibiscus. The one on the left was at the lodge, the other one at the butterfly farm.
And then there were other flowers that were unlike any we'd seen before, like this passionflower at the butterfly farm:
We don't know the name of this pretty yellow flower on the lodge grounds, but Henry seemed quite taken with it (although he might have just been experimenting with his camera's macro capabilities):
This baby pineapple plant was beside the trail on our way out of Concepción. You can see it was already after dark.
And, finally, here are three lovely red flowers that were at the butterfly farm.
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