Saturday, January 10, 2009

El Bosque Tropical de Isla Barro Colorado

Isla Barro Colorado is an island in Gatún Lake in the Panama Canal. It was once a mountain top, and, with the flooding of the area for the canal, became an island, with many different species of animals and plants.

Thursday morning, Dr. Egbert Leigh took the Lovely Mona and I on a walk through the tropical forest. It was wonderful, especially listening to Bert explain the different kinds of plants and how they protect themselves from insects and animals that want to eat them, and also the different ways the plants use different species so that their seeds will be spread about and germinate.

Several troops of howler monkeys were making all manner of racket. I tried to record their calls but was unsuccessful.

Here are photos of various sights on our walk.

As we came out of the forest we saw this amazing sight


Andy said...

I envy ya just a bit Father Mike... It looks as if you've experienced a taste of paradise on this island.

Ruth Hull Chatlien said...

Stunning photos. Like Andy, I'm feeling a little envy. It has snowed for about 36 hours here.

Grandmère Mimi said...

I envy you, too, Padre. What a wonderful walk.

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