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Lighthouse Point Yacht & Racquet Club 15 th Annual Art Exhibit, Sunday April 5 th, 2009 11:00 to 3:00

 Fabulous Ecuador—A Photo tour to the “jungles & higher up”

 

The 15 th Annual Art Exhibit:

Wow!! Now I know “time flies” as I’ve been a part of this wonderful event since it first was a dream and then became the reality of it’s founder, Norma Cerino….which I thought was only a few years ago. Is this ‘denial’ or just plain forgetfulness? Don’t you forget if you can make it, as it is truly a wonderful, fun, enlightening event -- (the realization as to all the talent in our area), and best of all….NO CHARGE!!

Yup, some things in life are still free!

When: April 5 th, 2009 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Where: LHP Yacht & Racquet Club, 2701 NE 42 nd Street. Phone: (954) 942-7244

 

Your Ecuadorian Jungle Adventure and on up to “where the Hummingbirds Roam”:

American Airlines flies from Miami to Quito, as does Aerogal Airlines. We spend the night in Quito. The next morning our real adventure begins:

 

 

 

The journey to Sacha Jungle Lodge begins in Quito, Ecuador's capital city. From here, a 25-minute flight takes us over the Andes Mountains' majestic snow-covered peaks and down over 8500 feet (2600 meters) into the Amazon Region. The flight destination is the port town of Puerto Francisco de Orellana, locally known as Coca, where we will be met by a bilingual guide and taken to a private dock. Here we will pause for a snack and to use the rest rooms before boarding our covered (luggage is very safe & dry) motorized canoe for a 2-hour, 50-mile (80-kilometer) trip down the sediment-rich waters of the Napo, the largest river in Ecuadorian Amazonia. During the ride it is easy to spot handsome shore birds such as herons, kingfishers, spoonbills and ospreys between the scattered native huts as we travel steadily away from civilization. Upon arrival to Sacha Lodge's 5000-acre (2000-hectare) private reserve, we will take our first walk along a raised boardwalk through dense flooded palm forest where several species of monkeys are often sighted. But don't worry… they will carry our luggage for us! The path leads to Pilchicocha lake, a blackwater paradise where we'd least expect to find any sign of people, but dugout canoes (and even paddlers) await to carry us even farther. As we cross the lake, the cries of tropical birds lead us to our final destination and home base for an exciting jungle experience.

 

After 4 four and half days, we will fly back to Quito, and then head ‘upwards’ to the Tandayapa Valley, a place where you can see twenty different hummers in a day, a dozen other species passing by the dining room windows over breakfast, and over one hundred species from your balcony alone.  Now, throw in the canopy deck, the large forest floor feeding hide, and our extensive trail system, and you possibly have the ultimate photographic/birding destination, and other flora & fauna.

 

 

 

 

By taking day trips from the Lodge you can visit a whole range of habitats from the lowlands to temperate forest, with many different birds and other wild life.  Altogether, over 600 species have been recorded on tours based out of the Lodge. Visit my website to see various names of species and further detail information.

Cost per person: $4,500.00

Deposit due by April 10 th, 2009: $2,000.00

Balance Due by May 5 th, 2009: $2,500.00

Single Supplement: $ 450.00

 

 

Cost Includes: All accommodations have full electric, full room amenities, full board (all meals), full-time professional nature/bird guide, your own personal professional photographer (me!), all canoe & other transportation including in-country flights, and all tips.

Does Not Include: International flight to Quito, laundry or other personal services, “adult” beverages, any airport tax ( Ecuador does not require a Visa stamp).

 

If you are interested in any of my tours, click on their corresponding link below:

 

 

Photo Researchers, Editors, and Publishers:

As stated in previous newsletters, at no obligation to you, send me a “want list” of images you are looking for that may coincide with a trip I'm about to take, or have recently taken, and I'll do my very best to seek out that subject and shoot it with your request in mind. This may save you some expense, give me a specific mission and possibly a sale of that image. It's a ‘win, win situation'!

A quick reminder that my library of 35mm original slides houses approximately 75,000 images, and my digital library presently holds over 100,000 (and growing-hourly)!

My website holds an in-depth Stock Shop for your quick review: www.joannewilliamsphoto.com

 

 

Photographic Accessories

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        Specifications & Functions

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