Sirena Jungle

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.

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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

3 Responses to Sirena Jungle

  1. It’s a short entry but entirely illuminates everything you’re feeling in an unforgiving environment like the jungle. I was thinking that I was shamefully envious of you and your remarkable expedition, an immersion into a natural environment of harshness and beauty. Then you started talking about the bugs. I think I like my apartment. Can’t beat central air.

  2. Where are all the sharks? GRRRR

  3. Izzi says:

    I love the honesty and vivid descriptions you so graciously share with us, in these entries. There sure isn’t any other place like the jungle! All of us reading your e-mails or blog entries wish we were there with you. That is, until we either realize the reality of the harshness of your journey, or your story reminds us of our own experience with intense smells, irritating heat and the obnoxious bugs of the jungle. (All the same, what I would do to see a tucan, or a turtle like the one you shot in it’s natural habitat….)
    There are few people that could make it through such adventures; especially one ridden with so many technical difficulties, on top of the extremes of the environment. Your optimism and steadfastness in every project, not excluding this one, is meritorious!

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