Trees and plants topple over one another in this rich and varied biosphere, blanketing the hundreds of endemic animals beneath them with one huge Henri Rousseau-like painting.
Madagascar has a mountainous spine that carves its way down the centre of the island, separating the dry western coast on the Mozambique Channel from the lush Eastern half that faces the Indian Ocean.
Rainforests have a tendency to exhale wonderful plumes of mist as the cooler temperatures of the evening settle in.
Come Home Soon
A pair of starlings roost on the upper reaches of a bare tree in Ambositra Rainforest.
Ferns act like forest sponges, trapping beads of dew underneath their tiny leaves and acting as little fountains for amphibians, birds and insects.
We found this young boy collecting glass bottles from the edge of a disused railway track. He struck an unusual pose with his straw hat and peered right down the lens of my camera.
Romain’s older brother, a farmer and zebu rancher was jovial and kind. He encouraged his brother and cousins to join in for a photo.
A raincoat becomes a huge necessity once thunderstorms start to roll in and work still has to be done. Like his cousins and friends, we found Axel sifting through rubbish on the side of a disused railway track.
In an over-sized rain jacket and cap we found Cedric tying fine strands of rope together to fly a kite in the light rain. He showed no interest in my camera, utterly absorbed by what he was working on.
The ‘gang-leader’, as he described himself, led his comrades along a stretch of unused railway line in search of discarded junk.
Boys often begin work from an early age and school enrollment in Madagascar is noticeably low. We found Luc cutting forest hardwood for a local timber business.
The Path of Rain
Rivers quickly swell up along the limestone valleys of Ambositra, leaving small puddles in their wake, a haven for water-loving insects and reptiles.
Light filters through the upper reaches of the forest canopy, bathing the undergrowth in warm light.
Threat of a Storm
Clouds rushing overhead signal the approach of a tropical storm.
Paradise in Trouble
The logging industry is a constant threat to one of Nature’s last frontiers for endemic wildlife. Just pockets of rainforest remain in the once pristine Eastern coast of Madagascar.
Road Through Ambositra
The jungle-clad road curled through thick rainforest until we reached the humble village we were after.
Clouds roll over the mountains that surround Ambositra to the sound of indris and lemurs echoing out of the thick forest.