Warning: I intentionally did not set this post to have a thumbnail image just in case folks really don’t like centipedes This particular one was hiding under one of the volunteer’s shirt that was hanging out to dry and had fallen on the ground. I…

I just don’t know how to describe this landscape – it was just something to stand at the top of one of those rocks and look down on that landscape and take it all in. The photo is a feeble attempt to convey the magnitude…

Ok – I’m going to start bouncing around with my photos now, so they’re no longer in sequential order as I took them… After some challenges with the diving (rough conditions, less than perfect visibility, and wanting to make sure I focused on the science…

I know this photo isn’t all that great (it was taken with my cell phone), but for at least the first week here in Andava, this was my morning view as I made a point to wake up and get out for the sunrise. Recently…

Otherwise known as the Madagascar Spiny Tailed Iguana… We saw them during a tour of an arboretum outside of Toliara, and the guide there said that they will be going into about a three month hibernation here in a couple more weeks as the weather…

At least I *think* they are a pair… I suppose there is a possibility that the smaller one is one of those species of spiders that steals food from other spiders, but I am leaning towards this being a pair.. Incredible size difference between the…

Another morning hike we took was to the spiny forest to see the baobab trees. Along the way, we went past some mashes and these medium sized birds were wading through the water. I had to let the group get out ahead of me so…

Zebu are the cattle in Madagascar, they’re used both as food and a beasts of burden. Those distinct horns and that hump behind the head between the shoulder blades make them rather distinct from most of the cattle in the USA The beef from them…

There is just something about these wide open landscapes… the sky seems larger, the patterns from the rice fields, the easily visible transition from valleys to mountains, everything. I often found myself wondering whether there are such landscapes somewhere in the States, as well as…

Just a quick post today to share a video of a Sifaka Lemur. These lemurs have a very unique style of locomotion that I think is impossible to watch without smiling or laughing. So this is the last post I have auto-scheduled, so hopefully by…

This gecko I actually spotted myself as we strolled through an arboretum. I was happy with myself for being able to find it with how well it seems to camoflage against that tree.

This is a leaf chameleon – something I had hoped to see, but was expecting would not happen. Luckily, one of our guides during the one hike was phenomenal and found one – in fact, when he found it, I was lagging behind the group…

A close up of a ring-tailed lemur – shots like this make it worth carrying that large, heavy telephoto lens… (and this isn’t even the closest portrait I have, but you’ll have to wait a bit more for the other one).

The second day of driving on our overland tour took us thought completely different ecosystems – actually, that is something pretty awesome so far. The first few days in Ivato and Antananarivo, there were plenty of coniferous trees (which surprised me) mixes with tropical plants.…

Another chameleon for you all today. Our guides spotted this one literally within two minutes of us starting on our hike that day. I had hoped that it would mean we would see them everywhere, but disappointingly they are much less common than I was…

Today’s post is from the first day of driving, so only a bit south of the capital of “Tana” – the buildings here are constructed mostly brick covered with some sort of stucco and in my opinion look fantastic. Combined with the sweeping vistas and…

And after that lemur post, I have to go to the other iconic Madagascar animal with a chameleon… sorry, I don’t know what species this is, but I know it is the female of the species – the male is similarly patterned but grey in…

Hi everyone! Sorry for the lack of posts so far – it has been a bit crazy with getting in country and then after a few days in Ivato (just outside of the capital of Antananarivo), we set off on the four day overland tour…