Archive for February, 2012

Think about it….

Think about it....

This was Pete’s fantasy…wrestling a jaguar…but there are no jaguars on BCI, only ocelots. This one is pure photoshop.


Mordedores más pequeños

Mordedores más pequeños

More little biters… We came back across the same log from September. The light was just right to show us a cloud of bees across the trail. We inspected the entry and took deep breaths and then calmly walked through the cloud of bees. They are stingless and they won’t go for you unless you […]


Kiss this

Kiss this

This big fella was just along the path between dorm buildings on BCI. He spends his daytimes under a slab of concrete in the cool dark shadows, but he’s a night hunter. He’s about seven inches long with his legs tucked.


Anthropomorphism

Anthropomorphism

I resist calling this howler monkey Clayton Chesney. He is a simple creature of the forest. A nature spirit, NOT a country music sensation.


Men of BCI

Men of BCI

Sleepy Howler

Sleepy Howler

As we neared the end of trail on day one, Pete spotted a dark, still lump in a tree near the interpretive center construction. The workers had left the site for the day to take the boat back to Gamboa, so it had been quiet. We awakened him with stupid human noises… In a few […]


Forest Camo

Forest Camo

This sloth is hanging from a capture noose, trying to imagine her escape. Bryson Voirin, a doctoral student from the Max Planck Institute in Germany, is studying sloths here in Panama. He took us on a sloth hunt, using radio telemetry in Bocas del Toro. We found this adult female and watched as Bryson climbed […]


Gripping

Gripping

These “toes” have jagged ridges on the underside that help the sloth get a grip on tree branches. The fur is dry and algae-covered in places. The fur follicles are cracked and porous. At least one scientist was theorizing that nutrients could be absorbed through the fur. Also, there is a species of moth, appropriately […]


Jasmine

Jasmine

Bryson names his radio-collared sloths after Disney princesses. This sweet three-toed was Jasmine. He said he has 25-30 sloths radio-collared in the area we were searching in Bocas del Toro. We also met Cinderella, but she was in an agitated state and kept hissing and attempting to bite.


Sloth Rescue

Sloth Rescue

Photos by Richard Schooley ©2011


Trembleques

Trembleques

Trembleques are the ornate combs women wear with the pollera costume in Panama. It’s origins are Spanish, from the hair combs of such Spanish cities as Valencia, but evolved into something uniquely Panamanian. Today, they are made with wires and glass or plastic beads, but they used to be made from gold and pearls. The […]


Don’t look now….but…..

Don't look now....but.....

There’s a giant sloth behind you. That’s a model of the museum design she’s shooting. Frank Gehry BioMuseo, Panama


BioMuseo abstract

BioMuseo abstract

A shot of the construction at the Frank Gehry BioMuseo in Panama City. When finished, it will be spectacular.


Elusive

Elusive

I keep hoping to get a clean shot of a Toucan. This one was loitering at STRI on Sunday…but they stay far from humans. He was gone before I could make a sound. I’ll keep trying for a clean shot.


Harlequin Bug

Harlequin Bug

This large and amazing specimen was waiting for us at the Mirador overlook by the Gatun Locks. Very calm and benign, it was lifted onto someone’s hat and remained.


Harlequin Hat

Harlequin Hat

Super tanker channel

Super tanker channel

This is the work being done in Panama near the Gatun Locks on the new supertanker channel. Breathtaking in person.


Columbian touristas

Columbian touristas

It’s not JUST Americans that are disdained here in Panama.


Canal Raushenberg

Canal Raushenberg

Photo of a holding area on a ship transiting the canal. Reminds me of a Robert Raushenberg painting.


Carefully

Carefully

Here’s the way the pros do it.


This old thing…

This old thing...

These were found easily at the dig site. The pieces on the left contain the pincher of a 10 M year old crab… then there is a shark tooth. Sharks don’t hang out here in Panama. The theory is that 10 M years ago, ancient sharks used this area near the isthmus as a “shark […]


10 Million years

10 Million years

These are 10 Million year old fossils from a dig site near Colon. Notice that they are all oriented in the same direction.


Also Pacific

Also Pacific

This is the view in the other direction from my balcony on the 34th floor….the water is visible from between the scrapers.


Trump sunrise

Trump sunrise

The view from the 34th floor of the new Trump Hotel in Panama City. That would be the Pacific Ocean. Note the tiny guy in a boat in the water. The left side is the Trump, the right side is one of many unfinished skyscrapers in C. de P.. I think there are people living […]