Internet?

Imagine my surprise when I opened up my computer to download photos, and lo and behold… Internet.  In the middle of nowhere.  The ranger station next to my campsite has wireless internet.  So, I guess this makes for a good opportunity to share some of yesterday’s photos and stories!

Yesterday was my first real “shoot day” and although we have yet to encounter sharks, I know that they are here.  I’ve busied myself taking photos in the estuary where the young sharks come to feed, and trying to find the best spots to capture the photos that I need once they do show up.

While searching for another way in to the estuary further upstream from the river mouth, my friend Sean and I had to pass through a tangle of fallen trees and overgrown vines overhanging a small tributary of the river.   It was a perfect place to run into snakes so we proceeded with caution.  I knock some tangles of branches with my tripod and take a cautious step forward.

The leaves next to my foot erupt into a terrible explosion, and all I can see is that there is some sort of pissed off reptile not 1 foot from me. I turn to defend myself from what I was sure was a very poisonous snake, and see a 3 foot caiman take off into the water.  I was more than a little irritated with myself for not noticing this thing sitting not 1 foot from me while I was supposedly paying very close attention looking for snakes.   The good news, is it let me take some nice pictures of it while it hid under a log!

We also met a nice tapir that let us get pretty close and take some photos.  He didn’t seem to like the flash so we let him be after a few photos.   That and the fact that it was being followed by a million and one mosquitos.

The only bad news is that my pro camera is broken.  I don’t know why but it won’t turn on.  So now I’m stuck shooting with my backup camera which although it is quite nice, it is not as easy to use.  Oh well.  I guess that’s what it takes sometimes.

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About Ben Horton
Highly influenced by his love of travel and adventure and his constant search for something new, his imagery is vibrant with fresh and creative energy. Raised in Bermuda, Ben Horton has spent the majority of his life traveling and seeking out new adventure. Ben is the recipient of the National Geographic Society’s first Young Explorer award for research on Cocos Island involving shark poaching. This led to becoming a photographer for National Geographic, and has allowed Ben to continue his passion for adventure. Follow Ben on Instagram

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