March 10, 2010 3 Comments
The jungle wears you down bit by bit. It starts with bug bites, that you scratch, that turn into infections if you aren’t careful. Then it’s the heat, or the mud, or just going crazy while trying to figure out where the hole is in your tent that all the bugs seem to be able to find but you can’t. It’s this pain I have in my left eye that I can’t for the life of me figure out, and my stove which takes a surgeons attention to actually cook food with. At the same time though, the jungle is
beautiful, and inviting. As I type 3 toucans sit in the tree right in front of me. Looking lopsided as can be with their gigantic beaks, and psychedelic with all their color, it’s things like these that only seem to show up once you’ve put your time in, and stopped worrying so much about the bugs. Alas, my camera is broken, so I’m stuck shooting photos with a very high quality but very under gunned canon G11. It takes nice photos, but it’s next to impossible to get it to do exactly what you want exactly when you want it. When you’re dealing with finicky animals like bull sharks that are impossible to see unless you’re less than 2 feet away in the murky water, that quarter second it takes to try to change some vital setting on the camera can be too much. That this camera is slowly starting to fail isn’t helping anything either. Every shot I take I have to shut down the camera and restart it. I only have a few days left out here in the jungle. I feel like I’d need another two weeks to really get the shots I want. So I’ll be spending more time down by the river. Perhaps I’ll have to come back when my equipment is working right, and maybe then everything will start working correctly. Or maybe the jungle will just break everything again, and I’ll be back where I started.