Friends Helping Other Friends

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A Glimpse into the Amazon

This Little-Blue Bird site will be on extended vacation now that Friends Helping Other Friends site is ready to connect like-minded people, especially those who are interested in protecting Ecuador’s cloud and rain forests.

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Take a look;  suggestions are welcome!  FriendsHelpingOtherFriends

Thanks so much for your support when I was at the Rio Cinto property.   Julie’s health is much better, and she and Jim miss their immersion in the Neotropics.

Near Mindo Ecuador

See you over at Friends Helping Friends as well as Playamart!



Friends Helping Friends!


Ecuador – After my friends’ property at Rio Cinto sold, other people inquired to see if it might still be for sale.   Friends as well as strangers have expressed an interest in selling their properties, so ‘Friends Helping Other Friends’ will be a way to connect potential buyers with these sellers.  They are listed here but will wean to a new website when time permits.

I stress to all – I am not a realtor!  I am an artist who thrives in the outdoors and am happy to help those who wish to preserve the cloud forest – or other areas of this beautiful country!  Check back every so often – there might be new options!

For more information, please leave a comment at the bottom or email me!


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New Owners in the Cloud Forest!


“Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread. A civilization which destroys what little remains of the wild, the spare, the original, is cutting itself off from its origins and betraying the principle of civilization itself.”
― Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire

(Mindo/Cinto/ Ecuador – October 2, 2016) – This living stage along Rio Cinto has new owners! Ray and Janice arrived on Wednesday, and their pets joined them one day later.  Like ducklings in water, they easily weaned into their new cloud-forest setting!


Common Tody Flycatchers – Viewed from the Front Porch

The new owners are just as concerned about our vanishing wilderness as the previous owners* were, and it is a relief to know that the property and its flora and fauna will stay intact. Rio Cinto Sancturio de Aves will surely blossom under Ray and Janice’s loving care.

*(Julie’s health has greatly improved, and she is working hard to regain her strength and reclaim her life. It’s been a very challenging year for both of them.)

Because several others are also searching for tracts of land to help preserve more of this beautiful area, there is a growing list of other properties for sale.


A neighbor invited me on a stunning and very unexpected trek… The huffing and puffing was worth the effort!


Name that red-tipped plant!


Trogons played hide-and-seek in abandoned guava orchard!


Six or seven Golden-headed Quetzals in one tree!

Several land owners invited me to come look, enjoy the trails, etc; on one trek, I probably said, “Thank you so much!” about twenty times! There is something so comforting – for me – to be totally immersed in the primal beauty of old-growth or even second-growth forests. Continue reading

Sunlight and Shadows – June Solstice from the Equator


June Solstice 2016 from the Middle of the World!

June Solstice 2016 from the Middle of the World!

“The sun does not shine for a few trees and flowers, but for the wide world’s joy. ” — Henry Ward Beecher

June 20, 2016 – Mindo (Rio Cinto) Ecuador

Unlike a large percentage of people who reflect on New Year’s Day, I prefer to hit the ‘Pause’ button four times each year on the days of the solstice and the equinox.   If possible, I record the moment the first rays of sunlight burst over the horizon, and I have been known to quickly vanish (from society) to record the sun’s placement at noon and at sunset!      During these moments, I try to block out all thoughts and merge with the rhythms of the day.   “The day” has yet to disappoint me!

"The Ridge"

“The Ridge”

150mm lens brings the ridge closer than it actually is!

150mm lens brings the ridge closer than it actually is!  I am eager to explore that area!

Because I did not leave half an hour before dawn to climb to the ridge behind the house, the sun spared me by waiting until almost 8 before it peered over that ridge! Sometimes words are an intrusion during pristine moments like this, so join me in a quiet salute to the sun! Continue reading

Stars on the Living Stage


These amazing otters have caught the attention of ‘otter specialists’ and are the true darlings of the property.    More info coming soon!

A morning walk around the pond always rewards one with surprises that delight the senses.    The tilapia expect their morning breakfast, and the water begins to ripple as I approach with the food!


Look closely, and you will see lots of fish!

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Adding Whimsy to the Trails


Brightly-painted cans add color to dark corners!  (Barbara - and pond i- n background)

Brightly-painted cans add color to dark corners! (Barbara – and pond in background)

(Rio Cinto – Mindo, Ecuador) – Enjoy the touch of whimsy that my friend Barbara and I recently added to the areas near the pond.  The otters often distracted and captivated us, though we enjoyed every second spent while at work and at play!

March 09, 2016 11 a.m.

March 09, 2016 11 a.m.

Wouldn’t you stop work to watch an otter swim around the pond?!

Would you like to see more of the cans?

Would you like to see more of the cans?

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