Dec 30, 2011
12/30/11 - 12/30/11
Dec 30, 2011
• Mouth of the Amazon – huge!
• Astronomy class on deck.
Art class this morning. Spent time making a color wheel. Primary colors. And learning about tertiary colors which are those mixed from the mix of the primary colors. I put a few touches on St. Kitts picture. Our art teacher is very nice to everyone – it is a great class.
Still reading my Amazon book and ended up taking a snooze on Deck 6, sun, wind and warmth. Too hard to read. Joan went to digital photography class.
Met Joan for lunch at 1 pm and then “Geography for Life” with Herb Thompson and Cliver Rijoa. Very interesting…Herb teaches in Las Vegas and Cliver lives in Peru and Iquitos. National Geographic and some others are sponsoring them and after they leave us they will travel 1300 miles further up the Amazon to Iquitos.
At 2 pm we were due to hit the mouth of the Amazon. I was in a lecture and by the time I got out we were in the mouth. The mouth of the Amazon is 200 miles across; there is an island in the middle that is the size of Switzerland. Amazing that we are in the mouth and you can’t see land on either side or the island in the middle of the mouth. The water is brown and the wave action lower but the horizon looks the same as being in the Caribbean. I missed entering the mouth but those that were on deck said the water gradually changed from the blue/emerald green of the Caribbean to the muddy brown of the Amazon.
You can only imagine how thrilling it is to be in the mouth of the Amazon River. Truly a pinch-me moment. As our art teacher, Zen, said today: “….enjoy. We may not be in this neighborhood again for a while”. I never thought I’d be here. This is the first time I’ve been to Brazil or on the continent of South America. I’m spending as much time as I can on deck just looking at the river and enjoying the air. Many interesting classes and lectures going on inside the ship. It is hard to make choices.
I woke at 5 a.m. with my sore throat. I noticed immediately that the smell in my room had changed. It changed to a dustier/mustier smell. A very pleasant earthy smell.
Next listened to Rocky Rohwedder speak on “Ecological Handprints”. He spoke on the rainforest, deforestation and slashing and burning. He says the forests lost in Brazil are the size of France. He said the Amazon has 600 habitats. He said the Amazon holds 10% of the world’s species. Electric dams are threats. There are 60. The Bel Monte on the Xingu is a huge one.
Listened to music after dinner and now to computer.
Astronomy professor was on deck 8 and the stars and moon were bright. Prof. Ian Campbell had his laser (which he claims is illegal) but it made it very easy to see the stars he was talking about. He had binoculars and we were able to look at some of the stars through that. He also has a delightful Scottish accent.
Went to Karaoke for a while.
Off to bed.