Once a week—or every so often—I will display one of my photos captured and/or processed with Instagram over the last week. It’s a way for me to show photography that usually is quite different from my regular work. The pictures are displayed without any comments, hoping they will stand on their own. But I still very much appreciate any comments you may have.
About a month ago I was fortunate enough to be able to travel into the rain forest of the upper Amazonian valley in Peru. Some of you may remember that I have already written about the experience. It was a profound encounter with an almost untouched nature and not the least the people living in the rain forest.
I visited a shamanistic centre and it was tremendously gratifying to see the knowledge about the living plants and animals that the people possessed. They could say what any of the plants may be used for, what they were healthy for and which to avoid. The people had the same profound understanding about the animals living in the rain forest. Interestingly enough their knowledge about the plants is supposed to be given to them through the use of a tree called ayahuasca. It’s a hallucinogenic plant and it’s when they enter this other world by taking ayahuasca they are told about the plants and their uses.
The shamanistic centre was a undisturbed retreat attracting people from all over the world. As quite a few of you have asked for my pictures from the trip, I post few more here. If you haven’t already seen the others I have posted on the blog, you can see them in the post Back from the Jungle.
The jungle experience is over. A couple of days ago I came back from almost two weeks in the Peruvian rain forest – away from anything resembling modern, urban life. I was about to write civilisation, but I really don’t think the traditional life in balance with Mother Nature which is found in the Amazonian rain forest is less civilized than the life most of us regard as normal and even more advanced. On the contrary I would actually say. I found a way of living that was simple on an external level but so informed and intelligent on other levels.
What the indigenous know about the complex ecosystem in the jungle, what they know about plants that can cure and help in profound ways and how they are good for us nutritionally, in addition to their knowledge of animals and how to live in balance with the surroundings, is nothing less than impressive. I really enjoyed the taste of this life – almost felt as if I was at home. Yes, I did. Instead of electricity, internet or smart phones, I had to accept sharing my hut with a tarantula as big as my hand, allow for the fact that I could come across two yards long snakes on my path, but then also discover all kinds of beautiful and colourful butterflies and birds, enjoy the cacophony of the hundred different sounds of the jungle, enjoy living next to a river heated by volcanic activity and so hot that I could boil an egg simply by sticking it into the water flowing by. Best of all I could leave all stress and worries behind me and just live this balanced and informed life the indigenous taught me – or at least as much as I could learn in two weeks.
The pictures here are only a few of the first edit from the trip.
Now my travel continuous. Two days ago I returned to the country I have followed the development of for 25 years. For the two next weeks I will enjoy the warmth, colours and friendly people of Cuba. Naturally, I will get back with photos along the way in the next couple of my posts.
On a different note, I want to thank you for your patience with my blog silence the last couple of weeks I was disconnected from the world in the jungle. Naturally, without internet access, I have not been able to return your comments and visits to my blog, but I promise I will get back to you. Just give me a little time. Further more while here in Cuba, I will still have problems to respond, simply because internet access here generally is extremely slow and quite unpredictable. So, please have a little further patience with me. I will indeed get back to you all as soon as I have returned to Norway again.