EPISODE 4 | AMAZONIA. WHERE THE LEGEND BEGINS
São João do Tupé (Manaus)
My eyes were staring.
The forest, among the head of the tree crown, revealed its suit of stars and I was forced to swing to see all them.
Then a firefly, two, three, so many, sudden and shed.
Noises, sounds, still noises.
Jaguar, arara, caymans, monkeys, snakes and frogs, so many frogs.
I remember to have see one in the primary forest of Tapajós, orange and black, which was no more than 3 cm long, a kind of frog "arrow”. This frog (Dendrobatidae), the most poisonous animal in the world, secretes a toxic substance that some indigenous tribes use to poison the tips of their arrows.
Dad, do you bring us a bow?
I watch my step because I'm afraid of snakes ... I see two: a fake coral and a rattlesnake venomous call Jararaca; instead I get bitten by ants.
I have returned to the camp crossing fifty meters in apnea.
In my hammock, suspended, I feel it's coming all the weight of fatigue
besides the mother of all the noises, the silence.
Were you afraid?
Dad, when you do come home? Tomorrow?
São João do Tupé, Brasil 2015
Photo 1 and Header: Giovanni Marrozzini - Reserve Do Tupé
Photo 2: Regis (Indigenous Dessana) with stick insect - Reserve Do Tupé
Photo 3: Hand on anthill - Reserve Do Tupé
Photo 4: Skull of cayman - Reserve Do Tupé