The Layers of the Rainforest

The vegetation in the jungle is so dense that you could be ten feet from some remarkable animal and not even realize it.  We had the opportunity to take many walks through the jungle during our nine days in the Amazon basin and were awed by the thickness and diversity of the plant life. The forest floor was where were explored the most and it was incredible to see how plant life pervaded every centimeter of the ground.  There were gorgeous flowers of all colors and we have never seen so many orchids in one place. DSC_0532 DSC_0522 DSC_0533 DSC_0541 DSC_0548 DSC_0546 DSC_0544 DSC_0543 DSC_0529 DSC_0542 DSC_0525 DSC_0521 DSC_0524 DSC_0555 DSC_0584 DSC_0599 DSC_0605 DSC_0594 DSC_0606 DSC_0616 DSC_0617 DSC_0608 DSC_0627 DSC_0631 DSC_0655 DSC_0642 DSC_0653 DSC_0659 DSC_0666 DSC_0668 DSC_0660 DSC_0673 DSC_0669 DSC_0675 DSC_0677 DSC_0685 DSC_0683 DSC_0681 DSC_0697 DSC_0699 DSC_0693 DSC04522 DSC04850 DSC04521 As we looked up toward the understory of the rainforest, the trees were incredible with their large buttresses, high reaching limbs, and vines that stretched for meters.  Strangler Figs, which send down roots to overtake already dominant trees in the jungle, were some of our favorite looking trees.  Also abundant in the jungle was the Walking Palm, a tree that could re-position itself in order to better reach the sunlight.  This tree sprouts roots from above the ground and pulls itself toward one side or the other in order to be able to avoid the shadows of the surrounding plants. DSC_0067 DSC_0049 DSC_0073 DSC_0052 DSC_0098 DSC_0096 DSC_0622 DSC_0078 DSC_0099 DSC_0070 DSC_0724

On our final day in the Amazon we got to top off our trip with a climb up a 400 year old tree for a view from above the rainforest canopy.  Below us we could see the rooftop of the rainforest.  Every shade of green was accounted for and the view extended as far as the eye could see.

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