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Later that same day...

We didn’t see any mouse lemurs on our walk (luckily we’ll get another chance later in the trip), but we did see a dwarf lemur, a frog, a bunch of chameleons, like this one:

a gecko, several stick insects, a Madagascar nightjar (a bird), a dragonfly:

a tiny butterfly and a caterpillar. I got a few pictures, as you saw, though not of the lemur. You find them by eyeshine, and mostly that’s all you can see, though with all our flashlights trained on him, we got a good idea of his size, which was large for his species. Still, he was too far away (ie: too high up) for me to have any chance of getting a picture.

We walked for a good hour and fifteen minutes, climbing pretty high into the forest, then looping back and down. Best thing ever for night walks? A miner’s light. I got a small one made by Everready, with a red setting and 3 blue-white settings, and it was a revelation. My hands were free, the light shone wherever I was looking at the time, and I could choose the setting I found most comfortable for where I was/what I was looking at.

Then it was up to the lodge for a delicious dinner: a creamed vegetable soup that was really a tasty puree, homemade bread, zebu steak a poivre vert, which was absolutely delicious, garlic veggies, fried potato wedges (they called them French fries, but they were much better than that), and for dessert, fruit salad. Vy says most of the food we’ll get will be Continental, though I’m hoping for more occasions like today’s lunch, when we got more typical Malagasy fare.

Tomorrow we hike in the Perinet Reserve itself in the morning, which is home to a number of lemur species. Our main goal, however, is to see - and hear - indri, the “singing” lemurs. Then we eat a picnic lunch (ham and cheese sandwiches) and go to Lemur Island, Vakona’s private reserve (so now I don't care at all that we're not staying there), where apparently the lemurs are totally tame and jump down to sit on your shoulder. I told Vy I’m showing him how to use my camera so he can get my picture with a lemur, which will hold pride of place with the picture of me holding a baby wombat in Tasmania.

And that’s all she wrote. I think I’ll just read for a while and then sleep in a bed for the first time since Wednesday night. (I’m writing this on Saturday, in case you’re keeping track.)

Date: 2007-11-02 05:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] the-reverand.livejournal.com
You have a picture with a wombat?!

Date: 2007-11-03 11:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] victorian-tweed.livejournal.com
I believe that is the cutest chameleon I've ever seen!

Singing lemurs? *intrigued*

Date: 2007-12-30 12:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] itsmepeace.livejournal.com
you ate a zebu???


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