Category Archives: South America

Prince William Human Overpopulation Concern: More Animals, More we Learn

Prince William voiced his concern about human overpopulation recently, and its effect on wildlife, following his father in 2011, and Sir David Attenborough, whose Blue Planet 2 is currently showing the wonders of the world, under the oceans. I agree with him, not because I don’t like humanity, but because I like animals, and think they have a right to life too, and that they are good for humanity: both for learning and mental health. There’s a lot more I could write about humanity and animals, but I don’t think this is the place really, and I’ll leave these photos from the Pantanal in Brazil in 1994 talk for themselves, following on from coati, capybara and monkey photos. I hope such sights and experiences will be available for future generations of humans, thrilling them as they thrilled me:

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Blue Planet II 2nd to greenYgrey3, as Sir David Attenborough is to Me, like capybara is to coati

Blue Planet II showed the sea world is fascinating, but still second to land. The same goes for the presenter, Sir David Attenborough, who’s improving with age…
but the youngster still has some way to go before rivalling me,
as proved by my self-proclaimed genius blog post title poetry,
adding another line to return to the title with another three.

Introduction Explanation

Just a little self-parody comedy intro there about Sir David Attenborough, who’s of course a legend who’s done wonders for awareness of the natural world, and also agrees with me; or I agree with him is probably more accurate, along with Rupert Murdoch; that humanity is destroying the planet and animal world with overpopulation and unnecessary waste.

Although there are lots of ingenious and beautiful creatures under the waves I still prefer the land ones, and especially the furry ones, such as cute coy coatis and cantankerous cuddly capybaras. While the Bolivian El Choro trek was independent, my time in the Brazilian Pantanal wetlands was on an organised safari, arranged after crossing the border by train from Bolivia.

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Brazilian Pantanal Animals Photos

Coati living free:

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Capybara in verdant shelter:

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There were also my old friends, monkeys:

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XaW Files: Beyond Humanity has an animal welfare and environmental awareness theme, as I’ve had since my teenage years, although with different levels of importance, such as putting it to one side for most of my twenties spent travelling, before rising again in university and the advent of blogging, when I thought I may be able to do my bit for the planet, like Sir David Attenborough. It was therefore prominent for the whole of my greenYgrey decade, culminating in XaW Files:

South America Tarzan of the Apes

The greenYgrey world I created was complete:

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[In reality its Chiara Ferragni from a fresh off the press MSN article about her Blonde Salad website, hopefully showing my positivity rather than competitiveness to her demographic.]

So I escaped back into my travel history, getting back to nature, with a Tarzan recreation photo from the Pantanal in Brazil in 1994, where I saw loads of wildlife, on the eve of a David Attenborough’s Blue Planet II. It’s also a great early example of me greenYgreying!

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I had done a lot of monkeying around in South America:

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El Choro Trek, La Paz, Bolivia, 1994 Photos

After posting a The Vikings movie recreation photo yesterday I scanned the rest of the photos from the Bolivian El Choro trek from high altitude to lush greenery and back to La Paz last night, so thought I’d create another blog post out of them here.

It was an independent trek with three other people as I remember. From La Paz we got a lift with a truck to the starting point. La Paz is the highest altitude capital in the world, and cold in the early morning in what is their winter. That’s me in the colourful blanket I still had in Africa four years later:

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The walk starts at the top of a valley. The high altitude sunlight lightened my hair in this photo:

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I fitted in with the llamas:

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The trek started down this valley, and was nearly all downhill. Note the settlements on the left, and lovely sunny weather; walking on sunshine!:

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The settlements close up:

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The scenery got greener as we descended:

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It was lush greenery at the end:

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