As expected, they are not good news. At least not for the indegenous peoples living in voluntary isolation: the Taromenane.
« A group of indigenous Waorani warriors has allegedly carried out revenge killings against other indigenous people deep in the Ecuadorian Amazon. […] Unverified reports indicate that an entire family of perhaps 18 people was massacred when the armed Waorani came across a Taromenane home deep in the forest. »
Even though killings have always occured between tribes in the Amazon, it is now completely different than what it used to be: deforestation, oil and guns are now common in the Yasuni National park and its surroundings. And many of the Waoranis have partially traded their ancestral way of life for some commodity, making them a unique entity, influenced by a mix of both cultures. And that’s something not easy to deal with.
Read the whole article on the Amazon Watch website.
Yes, this place is not only perfect for colored photos, but also for B&W!
As the sun reaches low elevation, it creates nice shadows in the landscape. And when I see shadows, I think B&W.
The moon is still up!
Shot with a Nikon D3s and 28-300mm lens.
High up in the Andes (~3000m), you can sometimes find strange rock formations. « Las Monjitas » are one of them. They look like the Bryce Canyon, but smaller.
Great colors, nice contrast. All the ingredients for good photos.
See the mountain on the photo above? Altitude: 6160m. And behind it, Argentina!
Shot with Nikon D3s and 28-300mm lens.
In Central Chile lives a sub-specie of the Burrowing Parakeet, the Cyanoliseus patagonus bloxami. And while the Burrowing Parakeet is not considered endangered, the chilean sub-specy is. The population is estimated at just a few thousands. Pet trade is the main reason for this decline.
Nowadays, this sub-specy is receiving formal protection, and pet trade is severely punished. However, as a parrot can be sold at around 50.000 clp (~$100), there are still some people looking for them.
Shot with Nikon D800E, 500mm + 1.7 teleconverter.
The Burrowing Parakeet on the IUCN website.
If you know where to look at, you’ll find many species of animals. And some of them are quite big, like the guanacos. They are the wild camels of South America, along with the Vicunas that live in the high Andes. In Patagonia, they are the main food source for pumas, condors, fox, caracaras…
For more info, consult the IUCN website.
Yes, that is the end of South America, the Cabo Froward, on the Estrecho de Magallanes. We were lucky, the sea was relatively calm. And the scenery was unbelievable.
Shot with a Nikon D3s and Sigma 120-300mm OS.
I took this photo in Southern Chile, on the Isla Navarino, during a hike to the Dientes de Navarino.
Some wind. Nice clouds. We are a the end of the world. The last island before el Cabo de Hornos. Beautiful place. And as you can expect, there’s no crowd around there.
Taken with Nikon D3s and 24mm PC-E lens.
Amazonía bajo presión is a document including detailed maps of the actual pressures and threats on the Amazon, a 7.8 millions km2 area, shared between Bolivia, Brasil, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Perú, Suriname, Venezuela y Guyane Française, and where live 33 millions people, including 385 indigenous tribes.
This document is the result of a common effort, that began in 2007, under the Red Amazónica de Información Socioambiental Georreferenciada (RAISG).
Note that it also include a map of the indigenous territories.