Sani Lodge Pt.1 – The People
One of the afternoons, I was at the ‘dock’ and a couple little kids came down but shyly stayed back; likely a brother and sister, maybe 3 and 5 years old. In the late afternoon light they sat on a step that would have produced a stunning shot. Light, subject, composition, it was all there such that anyone could have taken the shot of a lifetime. I didn’t have my camera. I could have run back and grabbed it. But then I would have had to ask these shy little kids, who wouldn’t have understood me, if I could take their photo. That would have ruined it for me. So the image is burned in my mind. I’m a little regretful I didn’t capture that scene. But really, I’m more grateful to have seen and experienced it. This is why I travel.
Fredy (left) and another staff member outside of the kitchen. Fredy is a lead guide for Sani. His father is one of the founding members of the lodge project.
Javier is another lead guide and is one of the few guides I’ve met with a penchant for reptiles and amphibians. The more ‘tourists’ want to know about these animals, the more the guides will pick up.