This traditional Wai Wai boat is being used at Parabara, the end of the road going South and the start of the river journey. I'm not sure if the boatsman is Wai Wai or Wapishana, but to me he has a definate Wapishana look!
Today is the start of a long river journey to Masakanari, the remote Wai Wai village in the Deep South of Guyana. It's not a fast journey, taking between four days and three weeks, depending on river conditions, rapids, and blockages due to fallen trees.
To get to the river we travelled south from Aishalton to Parabara, through savannah, muddy holes, creeks and forest. At this stick up, Sandy de Freitas of Dadanawa Ranch has the right idea: sit in the vehicle, light up a cigarette, and wait for someone else to do the pushing!
Some alternative pictures are here in the runner up folder on Picasa.
In the heat of the savannah, surrounded by Kaboura flies, there's one place to be that's cool and fresh... Down in the creek!
During all our time in Aishalton my blog has ignored the presence of other foreigners living and working in the area. But there is a steady stream of volunteers arriving and leaving. Just as we were leaving the two new Project Trust volunteers arrived from the UK. They will teach in Aishalton Secondary School for a year. In this photo one of them (Dave) is joining in with the tradition of preserving the rock carvings at Aishalton with a bit of chalk taken from the school.
Today I did a second set of Amerindian Portraits. It will take me a while to sort through all these and get them online, but sometime they'll be up at my DeviantArt account: www.jmbroscombe.deviantart.com. In the meantime there is a quick preview of a couple more portraits in my runner up folder on Picasa.
It can be a rough journey on the rainforest trail from Georgetown to Lethem. For this truck it was a bit too rough. Passing a fallen tree the trailer went too close to the edge and started to slide in the mud. With a full load, including drums of petrol, the whole truck rolled right off the road. Both driver and passenger survived without any serious injury.
For the next few weeks I'll be out of touch... but here are some of the portraits I took for Amerindian Heritage Month in September. During October I'll be travelling through some of the most remote areas of Guyana, and I'll still be taking Photo of the Day. These will then start coming up on the blog at the end of October, when I get back to my computer!
Meanwhile, the winners of Environmental Photographer of the Year have just been announced. One of my images - featured on the blog last year - was Highly Commended in this competition and will be part of the exhibition in London later this month. Some of the winners are here, and they are well worth a look!