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The Succession Rhapsody: from sand to Amazon rainforest

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 10, 2017 9:40:35 AM / by Varun Swamy posted in Amazon, rainforest, Tambopata, Cecropia, beaches, succession, diversity, Cedro, dispersal

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I step off a boat and set foot onto a beach, my feet sinking slightly into the soft, fine sand. I pause for a second and contemplate the smooth, featureless terrain in front of me...and then I look further beyond and notice the almost solid green wall of lush vegetation, reminding me that I'm far from the coast and the ocean, in the middle of the Amazon rainforest.

Ground zero: rivers beaches in the Amazon basin are the blank canvas on which primary succession begins.. (Photo: Varun Swamy)
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Strangler figs: Silent assassins, diversity engines, rainforest timekeepers

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 19, 2017 12:50:06 PM / by Varun Swamy posted in Tambopata Research Center, Amazon, Peru, rainforest, Tambopata, rainforest fruits, keystone species, frugivores, Buttresses, Canopy, Megaflora, Strangler fig, Ficus

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(Borrowing from a J&B whisky commercial from the 1990s…)

Tradition says: "A tree must begin its life from the forest floor".

Tradition says:  "A tree shall form a relatively cylindrical trunk".

Tradition says: "A tree shalt not kill another tree".

Well, strangler fig trees clearly did not receive these edicts...or perhaps they did, and decided "To Hell with tradition!" - much to the delight of aficionados of bizarre, spectacular tropical nature of the floral kind. 

Ficus ypsilophlebia, a spectacular and emblematic strangler fig species of the Amazon rainforest (Photo: Varun Swamy) 

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35 Awesome Photos of Rainforest Animals and Wildlife

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 14, 2014 10:00:00 PM / by Jeff Cremer posted in photos, wildlife, wildlife photography, Amazon, Peru, rainforest, animals, Tambopata

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Lucas Bustamante recently visited our lodges in Tambopata, Peru for a few weeks and took these incredible photos of Amazon rainforest wildlife.   

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The Bridal Veil Mushroom (Phallus indusiatus)

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 16, 2013 10:30:00 PM / by Phil Torres posted in rainforest, Bridal veil mushroom, Tambopata, mushrooms

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