The point of going somewhere like the Napo River in Ecuador is not to see the most spectacular anything. It is simply to see what is there. We are here on the planet only once, and might as well get a feel for the place. We might as well get a feel for the fringes and hollows in which life is lived, for the Amazon basin, which covers half the continent, and for the life that- there, like anywhere else- is always and necessarily lived in detail. In the tributaries, in the riverside villages, sucking this particular white-fleshed guava in this particular pattern of shade.

Annie Dillard, In the Jungle

Neighborhood

Juice stand along my walk to work

Juice stand along my walk to work

More of the walk

Clouds and park

Clouds on Elsa's walk. Nate & Erin's neighborhood.

Clouds on Elsa's walk. Nate & Erin's neighborhood.

Volcano! "Popo"

This is a beautiful city to live in...

My room, post nesting.

The texture here is, once again, different. The buildings are lower, the colors more vibrant, the vegetation more brushy.  I’m getting a feel for the place. For the fringes, the lives lived in detail.

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