Friday, 31 July 2009

Day 2

I woke up early the next day and looked around my hammock and found my book. I read for a while and then went down to the river to bathe off. Dave woke up and we had breakfast and then Dave went to collect bugs. when he came back, he asked Javed and I to catch some bugs in the river. when we had caught several species we came back to camp and found Dave.

That evening we went to a different river to set up drift nets which we did not have a camp at. we reached there and set up the first net, then sat on the bank. it started to pourwithin one hour and we had to wait annother five hours. it was freezing cold. when I turned on my light, Icould see my breath. we waited for hours. Then at nine o'clock, we headed back to camp, had some food and hit the sack.

Thursday, 30 July 2009

fun and toil with bugs

I haven't blogged in a while but all this time I have been taking pictures, doing research and hiking. I have had lots of adventures since you last heard from me like having the tree that my hammock was tied to struck by lightning while I was camping.

Recently I went on a research trip with a man named Dave. Dave studies revulous (wabines), and aquatic bu gs. Dave is trying to figure out the diets of the revulous at different times in the year, and he let me and another boy to come as his assistant for three days.

Day 1

I spent a night in Brasso Seco Village, and headed out the next day. As soon as we left, the rain started to pour. When we reached camp, we set up the hammocks and cooked some food. Dave isn't much of a cook so our rations consisted mainly of canned and dehydrated foods, but, we had the most important foods [of course I always make sure I have some] CHOCOLATE and M&Ms. We set up the drift nets at around six o'clock pm, and waited. Drift nets are tough nets made of fine plastic mesh that are put in the river, and catch bugs that drift down stream during the night. we netted bugs until nine o'clock in the rain.

We went to bed at about ten o'clock that night, by which time there was thunder and lightning and it was getting worse I got into my henesee hammock and tried to sleep but the thunder was so loud I could not. I turned on my light and stated reading.lightning struck a tree right across the river. there was rumbling clash from the lightning, then an ear splitting crack as the heart of the tree snapped.

I saw a movement out of the corner of my eye and a deer bolted under my hamock then there was annother crack and lightning struck the tree my hammock was tied to. There was a flash of white light ad a falling branch hit me in my face. I dropped my light and it turned off in the dark I could not find it. I lay there for an hour till I finally fell asleep.