The Explorama dock (below) and office (above) on the beautiful morning of August 16th, 2014. This is the day my group and I said farewell to the river, our floating home-away-from-home, its top-notch crew, and our stellar naturalists & expedition leader. My adventure upriver was truly amazing!
This photo shows all three stages of giant water lily’s life … from blooming pink flower … to an emerging leaf structure with a reddish bottom … and finally a fully extended pad about four feet in diameter. This is the first time in more than a dozen Amazon Basin trips that I’ve been able to capture them all in a single shot!