More Monkeys. #Street #Portrait #Edinburgh #edfringe .@edfringe .@FourthMonkeyTC

Post by Paul and Lynn Henni,

Another selection of the characters from The Fourth Monkey Theatre Company on at TheSpace as part of this years Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Fourth Monkey Theatre Company. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.
Fourth Monkey Theatre Company. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.
The Look. Fourth Monkey Theatre Company Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
The Look. Fourth Monkey Theatre Company Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Still Living. Fourth Monkey Theatre Company. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Still Living. Fourth Monkey Theatre Company. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
On The High Street. Fourth Monkey Theatre Company Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
On The High Street. Fourth Monkey Theatre Company Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Hooded. Fourth Monkey Theatre Company Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Hooded. Fourth Monkey Theatre Company Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Standing Still. Fourth Monkey Theatre Company Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Standing Still. Fourth Monkey Theatre Company Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.

Ascension. #Street #Photo #Edinburgh #edfringe .@edfringe .@FourthMonkeyTC

Post by Paul Henni,

A selection of the characters from ‘Ascension’ by The Fourth Monkey Theatre Company on at TheSpace as part of this years Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Happy:Sad. Fourth Monkey Theatre Company (Ascension). Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Happy:Sad. Fourth Monkey Theatre Company (Ascension). Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
The Monkey In The Peaked Cap. Fourth Monkey Theatre Company (Ascension). Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
The Monkey In The Peaked Cap. Fourth Monkey Theatre Company (Ascension). Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
The Monkey In The Peaked Cap. Fourth Monkey Theatre Company (Ascension). Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
The Monkey In The Peaked Cap. Fourth Monkey Theatre Company (Ascension). Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Joyous. Fourth Monkey Theatre Company (Ascension). Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Joyous. Fourth Monkey Theatre Company (Ascension). Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
The Look. Fourth Monkey Theatre Company (Ascension). Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
The Look. Fourth Monkey Theatre Company (Ascension). Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Long Trousers. Fourth Monkey Theatre Company (Ascension). Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Long Trousers. Fourth Monkey Theatre Company (Ascension). Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Angus The Monkey. Fourth Monkey Theatre Company (Ascension). Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Angus The Monkey. Fourth Monkey Theatre Company (Ascension). Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Angus The Monkey. Fourth Monkey Theatre Company (Ascension). Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Angus The Monkey. Fourth Monkey Theatre Company (Ascension). Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
 Angus The Monkey with his Admirers. Fourth Monkey Theatre Company (Ascension). Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Angus The Monkey with his Admirers. Fourth Monkey Theatre Company (Ascension). Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.

And one from last year…

Grimm Tales, Fourth Monkey.
Grimm Tales, Fourth Monkey.

 

#Grimm Tales. #Edinburgh #edfringe .@edfringe .@FourthMonkeyTC www.henni.photo

Fancy something Grim(m)? A couple of the characters from Fourth Monkey’s Grimm Tales suite of pieces, on at TheSpace.

Grimm Tales, Fourth Monkey.
Grimm Tales, Fourth Monkey.
Grimm Tales, Fourth Monkey.
Grimm Tales, Fourth Monkey.

Far Away.

Grimm Tales, Fourth Monkey.
Grimm Tales, Fourth Monkey.
Grimm Tales, Fourth Monkey.
Grimm Tales, Fourth Monkey.

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.@NWCEcolodge #Amazon #Napo #Wildlife #Centre #Ecuador #Photo blog at knicksen.com

Another much longer post than normal, but I’ve tried to write a bit more about our experiences.

Still feeling very fortunate to be able to visit Ecuador and the  Napo Wildlife Centre (or Center), built and run by the local Kichwa Añangu community. It is designed to both preserve the local,  fragile habitat, plus provide high-quality, environmentally friendly accommodation and facilities for visitors. It does all these things very well and gives a great insight into the Amazon flora, fauna and need for conservation.

Our journey to  the Napo Wildlife Centre started after a short half hour flight from Quito to Coca. From there, we proceeded in a motorised, largish ‘canoe’ for a couple of hours down the tributary river of the Amazon, the Napo River (Rio Napo), then transferred to small six-seater, hand paddled canoes (not by us – by our guides) for the last leg, where the reserve starts and motors are not allowed.

Travelling to Napo – on the Napo River.

Napor River Island, Amazon, Ecuador.
Napor River Island, Amazon, Ecuador.
Giant Tree, Amazon, Ecuador.
Giant Tree, Amazon, Ecuador.

Into the small creek leading to the Napo Wildlife Centre – no motors – and arrival.

Paddling To Napo Wildlife Centre, Amazon, Ecuador.
Paddling To Napo Wildlife Centre, Amazon, Ecuador.
Sunbeams, Paddling To Napo Wildlife Centre, Amazon, Ecuador.
Sunbeams, Paddling To Napo Wildlife Centre, Amazon, Ecuador.
Delivery Van, Napo Wildlife Centre, Amazon, Ecuador.
Delivery Van, Napo Wildlife Centre, Amazon, Ecuador.
Arriving At Dusk, Napo Wildlife Centre, Amazon, Ecuador.
Arriving At Dusk, Napo Wildlife Centre, Amazon, Ecuador.

Where we stayed, right at the edge, next to the jungle and the lake.

Cabana, Napo Wildlife Centre, Amazon, Ecuador.
Cabana, Napo Wildlife Centre, Amazon, Ecuador.

And then the sights (and sounds).

Brightening Up, Napo Wildlife Centre, Ecuador, Amazon
Brightening Up, Napo Wildlife Centre, Ecuador, Amazon
A Log With Eyes, Napo Wildlife Centre, Amazon, Ecuador.
A Log With Eyes, Napo Wildlife Centre, Amazon, Ecuador.
Err, Which Is My Front End? (Sloth, Amazon, Ecuador).
Err, Which Is My Front End? (Sloth, Amazon, Ecuador).
Just Resting.
Just Resting.
Small Turtle,  Napo Wildlife Centre, Amazon, Ecuador.
Small Turtle, Napo Wildlife Centre, Amazon, Ecuador.

And some of the monkey photos I managed to get – not too easy from a moving boat at full lens zoom with the buggers constantly moving.

Golden-mantled Tamarin, Napo Wildlife Centre, Amazon, Ecuador.
Golden-mantled Tamarin, Napo Wildlife Centre, Amazon, Ecuador.
Owl Face Monkey, Napo Wildlife Centre, Amazon, Ecuador.
Owl Face Monkey, Napo Wildlife Centre, Amazon, Ecuador.
Capuchin Monkey, Napo Wildlife Centre, Amazon, Ecuador. If only they'd stayed still for a second.
Capuchin Monkey, Napo Wildlife Centre, Amazon, Ecuador. If only they’d stayed still for a second.

And a couple of owls.

Crested Owl In The Amazon Jungle (with talons).
Crested Owl In The Amazon Jungle (with talons).
Well Camouflaged Owl, Napo Wildlife Centre, Amazon, Ecuador.
Well Camouflaged Owl, Napo Wildlife Centre, Amazon, Ecuador.

And a Strangler Fig (not a tree) – this starts as a small plant whose seed lands on a tree, grows, develops roots downwards and then envelops the host tree, killing it in the process. Sometimes they both end up falling down and dying together.

Strangler Fig, Napo Wildlife Centre, Amazon, Ecuador.
Strangler Fig, Napo Wildlife Centre, Amazon, Ecuador.
Strangler Fig, Napo Wildlife Centre, Amazon, Ecuador. (Detail)
Strangler Fig, Napo Wildlife Centre, Amazon, Ecuador. (Detail)

These next photos show the clay lick on the Napo River that these birds (Parrots and parakeets) go to daily to ingest minerals that counteract the potentially poisonous nuts and fruits that form their diet. I like the queueing system on the branch at right in the first one.

Shot at 200mm from the boat in the river – we didn’t go closer as that would have disturbed them.

At The Napo River Clay Lick, Napo Wildlife Centre, Amazon, Ecuador
At The Napo River Clay Lick, Napo Wildlife Centre, Amazon, Ecuador
At The Napo River Clay Lick, Napo Wildlife Centre, Amazon, Ecuador
At The Napo River Clay Lick, Napo Wildlife Centre, Amazon, Ecuador
At The Napo River Clay Lick, Napo Wildlife Centre, Amazon, Ecuador
At The Napo River Clay Lick, Napo Wildlife Centre, Amazon, Ecuador

And the next set are from the other clay lick we visited – the large, colourful birds are Macaws. This was quite a sight, as the Macaws waited and waited, watching out for predators, before the first brave or foolhardy Macaw went down and didn’t get attacked (the first photo), leading to the rest following. The smaller birds then followed the same ritual after the Macaws were finished.

Macaws At The Clay Lick, Napo Wildlife Centre, Amazon, Ecuador.
Macaws At The Clay Lick, Napo Wildlife Centre, Amazon, Ecuador.
Macaws At The Clay Lick, Napo Wildlife Centre, Amazon, Ecuador.
Macaws At The Clay Lick, Napo Wildlife Centre, Amazon, Ecuador.
Macaws At The Clay Lick, Napo, Yasuni, Amazon.
Macaws At The Clay Lick, Napo, Yasuni, Amazon.
At The Clay Lick, , Napo Wildlife Centre, Amazon, Ecuador.
At The Clay Lick, , Napo Wildlife Centre, Amazon, Ecuador.

We had excellent guides in Sergio  (‘Tyson’), seen here explaining about traditional village life and persuading me to try the fermented drink Chicha – an aquired and alcoholic taste, Eduardo (‘Pantera’), who was incredible at spotting things, and finally the engine room of the canoe, ‘Vladimir’, who could paddle all day.

Learning About Traditional Way Of Life (with Sergio), Napo Wildlife Centre.
Learning About Traditional Way Of Life (with Sergio), Napo Wildlife Centre.

 

Some Floo’ers’n’plants.

I am useless at identifying plants, in fact flora in general, unless they are edible, in which case I can usually work out what they are. One of these is a lettuce and another  one a cactus, one you can eat and one I have no idea about other than it looks like a sea urchin or, in my photo, some microscope image of a bug.

Globular Prickliness.
Globular Prickliness.
Spiny Norman.
Spiny Norman.
Spiny Norman.
Spiny Norman.
Spiny Norman.
Spiny Norman.
Green.
Green.
Green.
Green.
Tall Lettuce.
Tall Lettuce.
Orangey-Red Flowers.
Orangey-Red Flowers.
Orangey-Red Flowers.
Orangey-Red Flowers.
Biggest Monkey Trunk.
Biggest Monkey Trunk.
Leaves 1.
Leaves 1.