As I took more photos, light and darkness came to the fore. The sun hits the earth most directly at the equator, and though we were very near the equator, the group never needed sunscreen. The canopy gorges itself on sunlight. So little makes it to the forest floor that I nearly always struggled with sufficient lighting. There are many theories as to why there are so many species in the tropics, and Dr. Chaboo mentioned that the sheer amount of energy obtained through sunlight may fuel the rain forest's staggering diversity. When browsing these photos, keep an eye out for intense darkness next to bright swatches of light. Back to Peru 2011 home page.
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