.@mashpilodge #Cloud #Forest #Mashpi #Lodge #Reserve #Ecuador #Photo blog at knicksen.com

This is a much longer post than my usual, but I wanted to put this photo set out together. These were all taken on our visit to the Ecuadorian Cloud Forest where we stayed in excellent Mashpi Lodge within the Masphi Biodiversity Reserve. We crammed a lot in to our few days there and had two enthusiastic and knowledgeable guides accompanying our small group – Sebastian and Angelo. Oh, and the food was great too.

First up, the cloud forest, where the clouds form, as can be seen in the following shots, together with the mistiness you get when walking in amongst the trees. Tranquil, with lots of wildlife to try to spot. Thankfully our guides were patient in helping us to spot things.

Clouds Forming, Mashpi Lodge Reserve.
Clouds Forming, Mashpi Lodge Reserve.
Sunset, Life Centre, Mashpi Lodge Reserve.
Sunset, Life Centre, Mashpi Lodge Reserve.
Clouds Forming, Mashpi Lodge Reserve.
Clouds Forming, Mashpi Lodge Reserve.
Strolling In The Cloudforest, Mashpi Lodge Reserve.
Strolling In The Cloudforest, Mashpi Lodge Reserve.
Strolling In The Cloudforest, Mashpi Lodge Reserve.
Strolling In The Cloudforest, Mashpi Lodge Reserve.
Dangling Vines, Mashpi Lodge Reserve.
Dangling Vines, Mashpi Lodge Reserve.
Big Leaf, Mashpi Lodge Reserve.
Big Leaf, Mashpi Lodge Reserve.

And an Iguana, having a wee rest in a tree, but keeping an eye on us too. Perhaps a Dwarf Iguana?

Gimlet Eyed Iguana, Mashpi Lodge Reserve.
Gimlet Eyed Iguana, Mashpi Lodge Reserve.

If I was paying attention to our guide, then this is a harmless, relatively slow moving, if large, millipede, which lives on decaying plant material whereas the faster moving centipede has a nasty bite and is carnivourous – we didn’t see the latter.

Miilipede, Mashpi Lodge Reserve.
Miilipede, Mashpi Lodge Reserve.

We were warned not to put our hands on anything even if to stop ourselves from stumbling and here’s one of the reasons why – a Tarantula, which was gently coaxed out of a burrow using a long stick. This ain’t a good shot, mainly because I was being careful not to get to close and it only darted out briefly.

Tarantula! Mashpi Lodge Reserve.
Tarantula! Mashpi Lodge Reserve (A bit ‘experimental’ as I was keeping a safe distance).

This is the Mashpi Lodge Observation Tower, where you can get good views across the forest canopy.

Observation Tower, Mashpi Lodge Reserve.
Observation Tower, Mashpi Lodge Reserve.

We spotted this wee fella next  to the path. A Glasswing Butterfly – clear wings which have taken on a blueish cast in this shot.

Glasswing Butterfly, Mashpi Lodge Reserve.
Glasswing Butterfly, Mashpi Lodge Reserve.

And an Igouti, taken at The Mashpi Lodge Life Centre. He was quite big – the bit of plantain in his mouth was about 20cm so he’s probably about 60cm or so in length.

Igouti, Life Centre, Mashpi Lodge Reserve.
Igouti, Life Centre, Mashpi Lodge Reserve.

Two Toucans – I’ll avoid some bad humour for once.

Two Toucans, Life Centre, Mashpi Lodge Reserve.
Two Toucans, Life Centre, Mashpi Lodge Reserve.

And some nice jewellery perhaps, except it’s Butterfly Pupae. The metallic colouring is used to warn off predators, signifying poison. An interesting way of defence against getting chomped.

Pupae, Life Centre, Mashpi Lodge Reserve.
Pupae, Life Centre, Mashpi Lodge Reserve.

And on to Hummingbirds. These are really difficult to shoot as they are like sugared up kids, never stopping for more than a second or two before – zip – gone! They live on high energy nectar or, in this case, visit sugar-water feeders.

Still For A Split Second, Mashpi, Cloud Forest.
Still For A Split Second, Mashpi, Cloud Forest.

This one isn’t a hummingbird, but I can’t remember what it is as I was overdosing on hummingbird shots at the time.

All The Colours, Mashpi, Cloud Forest.
All The Colours, Mashpi, Cloud Forest.
So He Said, Then She Said, So I Said, Mashpi, Cloud Forest.
So He Said, Then She Said, So I Said, Mashpi, Cloud Forest.
Me And My Shadow, Mashpi, Cloud Forest.
Me And My Shadow, Mashpi, Cloud Forest.

More Ecuador to follow.

 

Author: knicksen

henni.photo brings together Lynn Henni who has studied photography and film-making and Paul Henni who has a background as a freelance designer and sculptor. Their interest in urban imagery combined with a lifetime of living in and exploring their home city of Edinburgh brings a unique perspective to this beautiful and multi-faceted place. Sometimes gritty, often unexpected, their images present an insider’s perspective on the city.

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