Gold in the Amazon

by Wout Salenbien.


This picture of a banana farmer’s house reflects several dreams coming together. As a photographer, or an enthusiast, you always hear about the golden hour. However, if you aren’t the morning type (like me) you miss out on those moments where the light is magical. This time I was awake, fueled by coffee and hot chocolate, and boating the Manu River in Peru during a NSF field trip this past summer. The other dream is exactly that, waking up in the rainforest and seeing all its beauty (before the sandflies attack you). Talking about this experience only gets you that far. Being lucky enough to capture the beauty that you see, that is another thing.

Wout Salenbien: This picture of a banana farmer's house reflects several dreams coming together. As a photographer, or an enthusiast, you always hear about the golden hour. However, if you aren't the morning type (like me) you miss out on those moments where the light is magical. This time I was awake, fueled by coffee and hot chocolate, and boating the Manu River in Peru during a NSF field trip this past summer. The other dream is exactly that, waking up in the rainforest and seeing all its beauty (before the sandflies attack you). Talking about this experience only gets you that far. Being lucky enough to capture the beauty that you see, that is another thing.

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